Few people can really embody this amount of freedom in their daily life. this photograph comes pretty close to summing up everything i’ve come to love about @snackfarmer . a guy that has taught me a lot as a friend & photo assistant. been a pleasure to travel the world with him from the cold deserts of utah to new zealand’s southern alps & watch him grow as a talented lensman regardless of whatever kind of situation we throw at him. he even manages to have a little fun a long the way. @snackfarmer @_ryanhill_ @prana
Look closely.. zoom in if you have to. perched 70ft above the balearic sea.. @chris_sharma found a nook just big enough to pause before jumping into the water & swimming to the boat. this tiger striped line was one of the many new & old deep water solo lines chris climbed during the 24 hours we spent with him in mallorca. days prior chris had just welcomed his son into the world... julian. this trip was a quick moment for chris to reflect on the things he loved most. hours later he was back with his family & newborn. i’ve never seen anyone climb with as much passion as chris does. excited to share more of this trip in the weeks to come. .
Pavlof 1 & pavlof 2. i’m just now processing (mentally) all that we saw & experienced in the aleutians. i find that the slower i release photos into the world the longer time they have to marinate in my memory bank. i’ve never been a huge fan of instant sharing usually because for me at least it takes time to really look back on an experience and process what happened & if there is something worth saying about it.
While crossing a rushing river in remote canada i looked down & saw this tiny 1 inch wave being formed by the fast moving water flowing over the large smooth rocks. every so often a tiny barrel would form giving off the reflections of evergreens & coastal pines. i slowed the shutter down to 1/15th of a second to exaggerate the shape & color. the 50mm lens was set to f1.8 to give the depth of field a shallow feel. this image was my favorite from the whole trip, possibly because it was a good reminder to always look down. :)
Tomorrow night in nyc i’ll be doing a book signing & slideshow of ‘high tide: a surf odyssey’ which chronicles 10 years or travel through remote corners of the world in search of surf. ill be at the @huckberry pop-up store all night talking story & hanging out. come out & party after you vote ! 🤙383 bleecker st, nyc
The elusive search for a perfect wave can drive someone to some very remote places. even ‘if’ you get there.. so many factors still have to be in place for it to work. tide, swell, weather, wind all have to come together in perfect harmony... and the truly perfect ones usually wash away with the sand through the seasons. this one lasted 1.5 days. we felt lucky to get a glimpse and wearing 6mm wetsuits with 7mm booties & gloves felt like a badge of honor.
I look for waves in every photo i take. growing up near the coast has in some way engrained this security in me that looking out on an endless ocean is safe. whether upon the sea, sand or sky there is always wave like patterns to be found. even though there is probably a fancy scientific name & explanation for this... i love the mystery & romance of how everything seems to be interconnected. .
tonight at my studio in pismo beach, ca i’m hosting the @savethewavescoalition film festival. a group i have supported for many years as they tirelessly fight to protect the places we love. come out from 6-10pm for surf & environmental inspired films.