Surfer Magazine just built a cool new website that's clean and much easier to navigate than the original one...They put together a collection of all the staff photographers work from the past month and put them up..Here are a few of mine that were chosen..I went with an all film submission this month.
When I was 16 I was lucky enough to be invited with some of my favorite people/bodyboarders to go to Chile to film for No Friends 5. I found our trip on youtube and it brought back a lot of memories of good times with the boys and learning about photography and filming. I remember Stoker (Brian Stokes) had infrared film and a 16mm camera. Ross McBride had just bought his flash and was using it for the first time in the airport and Cameron Nelson was shooting with a 100mm from the water. To this day it is one of my most memorable trips and seeing this video really brought it all back for me...I hope you enjoy it!
I have been very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to travel the world photographing some of the best surfers and waves around. Usually for the surf magazines and advertisers, they request digital because it is easier for them to see the images the day the were shot and apply them to the layouts and whatever other needs they are after at the time. The reason above, along with many more are why so many photographers have gone entirely digital. Aesthetics aside, digital is great. It serves it's purpose for some looks. That is not to say that we should throw all our film cameras away. I always keep a film camera or two in my bag for when the surfing is over and all the megapixels in the world couldn't show what a roll of Tmax can show...So here, below this is a sample of some snapshots (straight out of the camera) from the past few months of chasing waves with my friends and what in my opinion looks far better than any digital image would look like with or without photoshop
Jenna at home
Looking out the window of my friends house in Hawaii...The wind just switched offshore
Mick Fanning at home in Hawaii checking the score of the Charger game
Board cemetery at the Quiksilver house on the Northshore
Joel Tudor cleaning the dust off an old 1963 Bing we borrowed to surf when it was small in Hawaii
Derek Dunfee waxing up his 10'0's at a motel in Half Moon Bay before a big day in November of this year
Barbwire in Big Sur
Sunset reeds in Big Sur
My friend Pat and I decided to go skate down in San Diego about a month ago on a rainy day...He nearly broke his arm after I zigged instead of zagged with the camera...we had fun and this kid was laughing at us..he ripped.
Dane almost made the final this year..he was sooooo close. His semi against Jeremy Flores had 3 waves break in the 30 minutes the heat went on..This is him waxing his board just before he went out.
The Gudauskas brothers along with Dylan Graves and Nolan Hall at there house at Sunset this winter
Joel riding down to go surf sunset one evening
Weird light leak makes for an interesting effect...Not too sure how I feel about it, but there's something about this photo that I like so I'm putting it up anyways
Joel organizing his boards...I think the tape on my film came undone on this roll as there are a few lightleaks and such.
Quiksilver Foundation and Kelly Slater Announce "10 for TEN"
December 21, 2010PRESS RELEASE
In honor of Kelly Slater's historic 10th ASP World Surfing Championship, and in recognition of Kelly's philanthropic nature, the Quiksilver Foundation is pleased to announce "10 for TEN" and will be donating a total sum of $100,000 to benefit 10 non-profit organizations selected by The Champ himself.
The Quiksilver Foundation's "10 for TEN" has given Kelly the opportunity to create awareness and support for non-profit organizations that he is passionate about and that deserve a celebratory donation. Partnering with the Quiksilver Foundation, Kelly reviewed numerous worthy causes and selected 10 non-profits that will each receive a donation of $10K in celebration of his 10th ASP World Surfing Championship.
"Ten $10,000 donations is really special. As a kid I could not have fathomed being able to give such a nice gift to charities I believe in and it was totally unexpected! Thank you again to Quik and the Quik Foundation, and I hope these special groups find this to be a big help in the holiday months," said Kelly.
The 10 beneficiaries are:
$10K - Mauli Ola Foundation
$10K - Na Kalai Wa'a Moku O Hawai'i
$10K - Kokua Hawai'i Foundation
$10K - Space Coast Early Intervention Center
$10K - Best Friends Animal Society
$10K - Boys and Girls Club of San Clemente
$10K - Smile Train
$10K - Waves for Water
$10K - LA Surf Bus Foundation
$10K - SurfAid
"We are excited to be working with The Champ on selecting caring organizations, all with good causes, that are more than deserving of $10K each in honor of Kelly's 10th World Title," said Ryan Ashton, Director of the Quiksilver Foundation. "All of his selections fall in line with the Quiksilver Foundation's mission to support environmental, educational, health and humanitarian projects."
Each of the causes selected have impacted Kelly's life in some meaningful way. By spreading the $100,000 evenly among the 10 non-profits Kelly hopes that each beneficiary will use the donation for the betterment of their individual causes and together they will make a difference for our global community.
I am home. Home is where I am. It is nice. It is great. It is rainy, it is cold, but I couldn't be happier. I had a great time in Hawaii. Spent nearly 3 1/2 weeks posted up on the North Shore working on a couple of different projects including an ad campaign for Dragon Eyewear, Bloomingdales, and editorial work for Surfer. It was a busy couple of weeks of shooting, but I had a blast doing it. Now it is time to sit down and edit all the work I shot from Hawaii. First stop this morning was dropping off the film from the trip and going through the digital images one by one...Above are a couple snapshots from the trip that caught my attention that are slightly off from what the mags may be looking for, but that doesn't mean there isn't something to them that catches my attention and share my view of the North Shore 2010.
My friend Cyrus Sutton runs this cool blog called Korduroy TV. It's kind of like an all around do it yourself kind of blog with how-tos, the latest shred clips, and interviews. He asked me to do an interview with him and I said yes. He has made some really great films in the past so I was stoked to be a part of it. We filmed this at my house as I was packing to go to Hawaii that night...I kind of just rambled on and hopefully I don't sound like too much of a jackass, but thought Cyrus did a great job with the editing of my 40 minute ramblings...
I escaped the cold and rain of California to try my luck at this winters season in Hawaii. Since I've been here the waves have been big, small, flat, medium, big, windy, calm, clear, and brown. Woke up to thunder, lightning, rain, and flooding. With no hopes of shooting any sort of action images in this weather, I went to town, dropped my friends and girlfriend off at the airport to go home, ate the best Mexican food on the island, checked the waves on the way home, shot a portrait/lifestyle shoot for Dragon sunglasses, pretty happy how it came out and watched Mick Fanning surf OTW with 2 other people out during one of the most amazing sunsets I have seen in Hawaii. Although the sun never broke through, it lit the clouds up to a beautiful range of pinks, yellows, and blues.
The team at the LA times just finished up and put together a short film titled "Chasing the Swell." They did a great job filming and putting it together over last winters El Nino winter. They used a couple of my photos inside the film from Mavericks talking about the session that went down during the contest this year. Here is one of the photos of Rusty Long pulling into a massive tube at Mavericks before the contest started. Definitely take some time out of your day to watch this, I've seen it quite a few times and gets me more pumped than ever for t next big swell!!!
Below is a series of 6 photos I shot on my Hasselblad from my last trip to Half Moon Bay with Derek Dunfee and from New York last September. I'm kind of a photo nerd and froth out on always shooting in different mediums and formats dependant on the situation..It's not so great for the simplistic approach or keeping my camera bag light, but whats a couple extra lb's on your back when each moment is so unique to itself. On the trip to Half moon bay I brought a digital camera for the action, a hasselblad for lineups, lifestyle, and whatever else crossed our paths and a pocket point and shoot for those inbetween moments..seems like a lot, but at the very least it keeps me entertained and keeps me shooting...The photos from NY were taken on our last day as Jenna and I were walking around the town seeing the city...Theres something I find interesting about the film I get back and what I choose to shoot when there's only 12 images in a roll...
Earlier in the year I did a two part job for Quiksilver for there Spring 2011 swimsuit ad campaign. The first shoot has yet to be released but the second one just came out! Here is one of the images being used to celebrate Kelly Slaters 10th World Title..They chose this image to be the headline image of his 10th Championship World Title!!! I will upload more as I get the ok to do so. I owe a big thank you and CONGRATULATIONS to Kelly and the team at Quiksilver for choosing me to do the shoot (Crawley, Jamie, and Mike) along with Sandrine and Emily at Nouvelle Vague for making it happen!
The kind folk at Dragon just sent me a screengrab of the new ad of Ace Buchan that went to print in the Australian Surf mags. It was taken in the back wearhouse of the Dragon Offices while Ace was in town for a contest.
One of the things I love about film is getting the film back. You never know what you are going to get sometimes. This shot was taken over a month ago in my halfframe camera, but I just got the film back a couple days ago. It was taken on a warm sunny day when my girlfriend and I rode our bikes from OB to PB and back. I saw this guys setup on the beach and couldn't resist to snap a sly shot or two...
I was invited by Joel Tudor and friends at Vans to come over and shoot the second in a series of three longboard events. I don't usually shoot contests, but this one was rad. It is an invite only, 16 surfers, all friends, in New York, surfing, skating and live shows. I owe a big thank you to Vans and Joel for the invite and putting me up in a rad hotel room and getting a firsthand look at the edge of LongIsland and a frontrow seat to Mos Def and Public Enemy!!! Surfer Magazine did a quick write up on the event you can see on the link below. Look for more images to come in the magazine and once I get the film back too!
As great as digital is and for so many reasons it makes my life easier, I can't help but go back to using my film cameras. I really enjoy the look, feel, and overall ease of use. Sure, sometimes the film takes a few weeks to get developed or the film back leaks light, or a double exposure happens on accident, but it's these spontaneous moments of time captured on film that keep it exciting and fresh. Below are a few more scans of some film I have shot over the past month. The digital images are great for clients when you have a specified timeline/deadline and need to ensure you nailed it. But for shooting on the side and capturing moments off the clock, I wouldn't think of any other medium but film...Enjoy!
half frame flying to Kona from LAX
half frame kayaks in Kona
half frame palm trees
half frame outtakes of Shane Dorian for his profile in Surfer
alex knost and tanner prairie doing the trestles walk
Machado outtakes from Dragon optics shoot in wherehouse