Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Small Mysteries- The Wonderous Resurgence of Analogue Surf Photography in the Digital Age- by Andrew Smith for the Surfer's Path-80th issue surf photo special.
Andrew beautifully articulates what I have been unable to when attempting to describe my draw to analog photographic equipment. I am happy to have been asked to contribute work for the article. The photographers I share the pages with are as truly unique as Andrew's words about what we do. I am please to be included with the likes of Ryan Tatar, Cher Pendarvis Erica Doria, Morgan Maassen, Keith Novosel, Simon Perini and Liz Lantz. Check the issue out if you like an alternative view of surf photography.
This is one of the images I printed for the Ny Surf Film Festival. The print is 22x22inches printed on a heavy duty textured rag paper. I like the painterly quality of the image and the muted tones. This image is part of a three print series all taken within a 5 minute span of time one early spring morning.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Memories are at times etched into the recesses of one's mind. Seeing your child for the first time, first foot steps, the instant your child is off and riding a two wheeler unsupported, first rides on a roller coaster, first swim strokes and the inevitable first paddle out. I am grateful for these memories as they keep me smiling and in-touch with the splendors of everyday life.
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Sunday, September 26, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Really looking forward to attending tonights opening night of the New York Surf Film Festival in tribeca.
I believe this is the third year of the event and each year the line-up continues to grow. The event is a celebration of the beauty and uniquiness of what we do.. it also provides an opportunity to see some of the more important arty surf films and some more underground projects. check out more about the festival at www.nysff.com
I was asked along with Tommy Colla to provide some recent photographic for the festival- so look out for some large salt stains..
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I grabbed this image on Monday 9/20 after Balaram and Sean were finished with their session at Lido. Igor swell was providing some pretty substantial swell with plenty of stand up barrels to be had. Seemed to the observer, that only a few in the crowded line up had the skills to really see the full potential of the wave.
For those not in the know, these two guys (Stack and Killarney) epitomize the best of the new york talent pool. Bal is making head way in his quest to move up the pro ranks (Recent win in the Unsound Pro mens), and Sean is a charger in a true sense of the term. Sean has surfed the biggest, hairiest surf that has hit New York historically (think March 11th, and Saint Patty's Day). Serious props to both guys !!
Cyrus and Reis from Korduroy asked if i'd be interested in being interviewed for Korduroy.tv last month. Below is the link to the article. Korduroy is an essential read for the disgruntled desk jockey who is stuck at work while the surf is going off- casing point monday and tues of this week..
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looking forward to the New York Surf Film Festival this weekend in tribeca
Monday, September 20, 2010
I have spend a lot of time on the boardwalk at Long Beach, NY- i remember long walks on it with my grandmother when i was just a small child. I remember the old amusement park, the frozen custard, and skeetball. I remember renting bike as a school boy and feeling free as long as i stayed in the bike lane. I remember splinters and italian ices. I remember hanging out under the boardwalk watching the moon, hoping, hoping....the moment would be right; I remember many a surf check conversations, rain, snow, sunrise, sunset. i remember hurrying down to the boardwalk after my brother tragically passed on, hoping to feel close to him, i remember seeing my very pregnant wife walking up the ramp to meet me after a surf. i remember.... it all.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
well after a year and several months the Toycam-lo-fi photography decided the book is ready for publication. over 100 photographs, 49 different photographers and six interviews (me included) are part of the volume. Clearly an excellent survey of the current world of lo-fi photography- check the links below for more info about ordering and previewing the book- much thanks to the people who devoted so much time to this project.
Toycam: Lo-Fi Photography Book links:
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I am still trying to get a handle on using the lo-fi cam in the water. stiff shutter release button, slow shutter speeds,d hand winding the film advance, limited exposures per roll make it interesting to try and capture such a dynamic and fast moving environment. This images is cropped from a 2 1/4 negative. stay tuned..
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I grabbed this photograph shortly after a guy dropped his bike off and ran out into the line-up. Something about rusty less than beautiful bicycles and crappy lensed cameras works so well for me. I love the peak in the background and its understood why the guy was so quick to abandon his junker at the water's edge..
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I grabbed this shot of James as he was getting out of the water after the start of Earl. I like grabbing shots of guys as they are leaving the water-it seems like there is more spontanity with regards to the expression of emotion as they are exiting the water. James is an early morning regular at one of the spots i surf. He spent the second summer in a row wandering around the rugged coast of New Zealand.
On another note my four day weekend didnt pan out the way i hoped... damn flatness... I was able to get my daughter Avery out for her first paddle out. So funny to see her paddling my tyler and then mini-simms out. She got one wave on her belly which ended not so smoothly.. she came up with a smile on her face though.. so it goes another convert
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
At the peak of Earl- the long beach board walk was a bit of a circus and the surfing that was going on was more like a freak show. All the heavies were putting on a clinic thrusta style. This is a photograph of guys "talking story" at one of the more lite up spots that day.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
This photograph was exposed durng a little lull in the action as Earl was peaking last friday. I like the sense of stillness this shot evokes. Each surfer seems to be kind of in their own head space.
On another note, Drift is currently carrying a limited edition of eight of my photographs in their on-line store. For those who are unaware, Drift is an essential online surf magazine of sorts. Drift seems to have its finger on the pulse of many aspects of the "alternative surf" scene and independent surf journalism. The products carried in the store attempt to support their efforts as well provide an avenue for emerging artists in the surf culture to expose and sell work. Stop by the link below and check out which prints they are carrying.
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Monday, September 6, 2010
I shot a bunch on friday morning and late afternoon as Earl peaked. pretty insane scene down on the west side of long beach. not sure how many good images i captured but it was fun watching (translation- too big for my pantsy ass). there are plenty of good surf shots from the session by more sports oriented photographers. i'll post up links as the week progresses
This morning proved to be a fun end of summer little log session. so fun catching little peelers with some friends. Killer sun rise and perfect log conditions-i couldnt pry myself out of the water to grab the crappy water camera- this seems to be the difficult aspect of both surfing and shooting. shooting seems to suffer.
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Friday, September 3, 2010
I snapped this shot last saturday at Lido as the Danielle swell was starting to fill in. Lido on a Saturday afternoon in the summer is an interesting place- a lot of garage relics are brought out onto the beach to be surfed with or posed with?!?!. This guy was psyched and quite proud to inform me that his board was from the 70's... kinda interesting given its a thruster (probably more likely that the board was from the 80's)- killer airbrush though.....