Friday, April 30, 2010

If you are around tomorrow... come check it.

May 1st 6PM til 9PM, UnsOund Surf in Long Beach will be holding an Surfy art show and a benefit auction. Proceeds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the Tommy Brull Foundation (foundation named for my deceased brother). The event is sponsored by Red Bull and will include a deejay, bar and food. Come on down....:UnsOund has been a huge supporter of the Tommy Brull Foundation and an essential part of NY surfing. Mike Nelson's Photos are unreal!!

UnSound SurfShop 359 East Park Avenue, Long Beach NY.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Empire State of Mind...

I shot this last saturday while wandering through williamsburg and greenpoint. I really miss shooting in and around NYC. I guess i gotta make more on an effort to get out the the 'burbs. I like the contrast of the empty lot and the skyline.

Monday, April 26, 2010

the rat race

Fun pre-work dawn patrol session. Waves were a bit mushy due to an extremely high tide but the wind was right. It's amazing the amount of effort this pursuit of surfing can take when on the east coast. Storms pass so quickly, swells fade so quickly and the wind shifts so quickly.

This morning up at 4:40 AM, in the water by 5:40 AM at work by 7:40 AM. Three good waves, was it worth it....? Definitely!!!

thru the archives

I havent been shooting too much as of late. Surfs been so marginal that I havent felt the desire to bring the camera down to the beach. Its given me some time to re-evaluate some old negatives. Here is a photograph from the high Andes in Peru. Shot with my trusty 2.8 planar rolleiflex twin lens reflex camera- gotta load that camera up again soon.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Elvis Perkins at Dearland- At the Bell House

I had the opportunity to check out the Elvis Perkins at Dearland Show last night at the Bell House in Brooklyn. These days I am rarely blown away by live shows, but last evening was one of those rare nights whereby you are opened up and exposed to something uniquely new and fresh. The combination of fantastic musicianship, haunting vocals, exceptional melody & harmony, evocative song writing and a palpable sense of vulnerability made the music alive and penetrating. Elvis is an artist in the truest sense of the term. I highly recommend checking out Elvis Perkin's Music

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Word has it that Steve and Cher Pendarvis are set to attend this year's New York Fish Fry(e). Several pendoflex boards are floating around in our waters so it will be great to get it straight from the source.

check for more info on the ny fish fry(e)

UnsOund Surf Art Show and Benefit Auction

On Saturday May 1st, Unsound Surf in Long Beach, NY will be hosting an Art Show and Benefit Auction. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Tommy Brull Foundation and the Juvinile Diabetes Foundation. The Tommy Brull Foundation is a foundation that was started in memory of my brother who passed away in 1999. The foundation provides financial support to individuals with emotional, physical and mental challenges in the Nassau/Suffolk Counties.

If you are in area on 5/1/2010 (6PM till 9PM) it should be a great time with some great surfy art up for grabs. The above image (24"x 24" print, matted and framed) will be part of the auction.

UnsOund Surf is located at 359 East Park Avenue, Long Beach NY. The Auction will be from 6PM until 9Pm on May 1st.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

things to come

Taking advantage of this current flat spell to get some photo things in order. First I am working to get my very crappy water camera ready for spring. The above image is from my test run with a Healthways Mako Shark prior to altering/fixing.
The camera is from the early 50's and is basically a water proof kodak brownie hawkeye. I needed to replace the outside lens cover due to some crazy scrathes/cracks. I am in the process of swapping shutter mechanisms. I believe the mako has a fixed shutter of 1/50th whereas brownies are 1/60th to 1/100th. Any little increase in shutter speed will help I suppose. Lastly, I gotta flip the lens to give me the edge softness i dig. stay tuned for some shots provided WE EVER GET ANY WAVES!!!

May 1st Unsound Surf Art Auction is taking place. Proceeds to go to the Juvenile Dibetes foundation and the Tommy Brull Foundation.

In June I will be showing a large body of work at Empire State Studios along with Matt Clark. The opening is set for June 5th stay tuned for details on both events

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

What to do?..

Yet another prolonged flat spell is upon us, Time to go ride a bike... What do you do during these spells?

Monday, April 19, 2010

The old and new....

This photograph is a bit of a look back to those incredible surf images from long ago. You know the images of the forefathers of surfing standing with their surf craft.

I like this photograph for it's marriage of old and new. The combination of the timeless pose of the surfer with classic but very progressive log (cooperdesign), shot with a modified camera from the early fifties (flipped lens Kodak Brownie Hawkeye),using severely outdated and discontinued film (ektakchrome) that was cross-processed.

I still need fish or fish related pictures for the:
If you have anything you would like to share please email me at

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I hope these photographs are not becoming a little redundant. I am starting to feel the itch to get to another "beachy" location to see some new perspectives. This was shot a few weeks ago on a rather "heavy" day by NY standards. This guy always rides his heavy logs no matter what. This particular day was well overhead and boxy. I watched him make some sections and I watched him get drilled on some.

A Real Swallow Tail

fish are awesome but this is a real Super swallow tailed craft ..

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lugging the Log

Another shot that puts me in mind of summer and logging, despite the winter rubber. I guess the bright sun and the log remind me of fun times to come. x-processed expired ektachrome with a little photoshop tweeking.

chocolate sundays

Shot from a few sundays ago....

Monday, April 12, 2010

Surfing NY in the early 1900's

This photograph was taken by Alfred Stieglitz during his early experiments with pictoralism and the Photo-Sucession Movement. The photograph was shown at at Gallery 21 for next to works of Edward Steichen, Paul Strand and Clarence H. White's work. Photogravures of this image from Camera Works are highly sought after. This is all great but who knew Alfred cared about dawn patrol.... I jest, it's just my feeble attempt at photography..

Sunday, April 11, 2010

So sweet!!!

Two shots I ripped off the blog-o-sphere (Look & See and KP's Round Up). These shots capture what surfing is for me; speed, trim, elegant line and they both are going right (my favorite direction).

UnsOund Art Show and Benefit Auction

Mike and Dave from unsOund Surf have decided to give even further to their community. On 5/1/10, UnsOund Surf will be holding an art show and benefit auction. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Juvenile Diabetic Association and the Tommy Brull Foundation. This is foundation named in honor of my deceased brother, raises funds to support individuals with unique physical, mental and emotional challenges in the Nassau/Suffolk County areas. Thanks Mike and Dave from UnsOund- your support of foundation over the last three years has been very helpful. UnsOund Surf is located at 359 East Park Avenue, Long Beach NY. The Auction will be from 6PM until 9Pm on May 1st.

I will be contributing a piece or two to the show/auction, along with other more well know surfy photogs and artists. Check it out...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

fry(e)d Fish,, new york style

I love this drawing, which was created for the new york fish fry(e). the event is scheduled for may 15 or 16,2010 depending on wave and weather conditions. the event starts at early at the lincoln jetty in long beach. stay tuned for more details. check for more fishy info regarding the fry(e)

Friday, April 9, 2010

feeling content..

I have been having a couple of important insights lately. Things for me seem in fairly good perspective and I am feeling a state of relaxed contentment and gratitude. I had a real connected drive into work today. Rainy drive spent listening to Andrew Kidman's Last Hope soundtrack- some excellent rainy day music..

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Beautiful Craft

I can not resist taking some snaps when every I run into a cooperfish surfboard. In my opinion Gene's boards are the most beautifully crafted out there. This board is a 10' 8 pintail malibu foil with a bitchen yellow skeg. Check out the mexican poncho resin work...

Still calling for fish related pictures for the blog. Send to

Monday, April 5, 2010

Shades of an Endless Summer....

The weather appears to have finally turned the corner here in NY. It's been fun hanging at the beach and not feeling so cold. This photograph was taken last thursday morning, it is x-processed, outdated ektachrome 100 that was severely overexposed. Blurriness due to my flipped lens brownie..

Crappy Water Snap

I snapped this image saturday morning. super tiny little swell, hazy fog, but a pretty clean little wave. Its my first image from the Healthways Mako Shark camera- the Mako is a Brownie Hawkeye camera in a funky old water housing. Slow shutter speed (1/50th), sticky shutter release button and the extremely poor optics make this camera kind of hit or miss, but here I think things worked out okay.

Check the new york fish fry(e) blog for news of the upcoming fry:

Also if you have any fishy pics that you want to share please send them to my attention:

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Poncho styles...

Fun little wave this morning... loving my new nosedevil (not pictured). So nice when you have very low expectations for surf and then get surprised when you hook into a couple of fun little nose rides.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Go Froth young man...

The militant one on a mission.. "Charlie don't surf!!!! If I say this beach is safe to surf, damn it it's safe to surf"