A lot of you who frequent my site and various social media outlets, know how busy my life has gotten in recent years. A toddler who is growing every day. A wife who I don’t get to spend nearly enough time with, do to both our busy schedules. Two wonderful Aussie Shepard’s that don’t go for enough walks. A full time project management career. And last but not least, surf and portrait photography that act as a hobby and side business.
During the time that I have been shooting surf, I have had the opportunity to meet many fantastic and talented people from all over the world. Surfers, videographers, photographers, sponsors, artists and the list goes on and on. When talking to these people there is always one thing that is constant. They all have love for the ocean and the surf culture.
While I was on the North Shore of Oahu last winter, I was talking with a few people and I started thinking to myself how much I love hearing about how the surf culture inspires people. That is when I started to think about how I could do a photography project with that premise in mind. I asked myself how people convey their love of the ocean and surf. The answer was simple. Art!
It was then I started to think about how people perceive surf related art. What most people consider surf related art is in photographs. While that is right up my alley, I wanted to think a little more outside of the box. Carvers, painters, shapers. Thus, ‘The “Art” of Surfing’ project was born.
I wanted to bring more awareness to fantastic surf inspired artist. While I am particularly grateful to the artists that have agreed to be part of my project, I wanted people to think about other arts besides photography with this project. I have been conducting various “behind the scenes” type shoots with each of the artist. At the end of all the shoots, I would like to do a couple of showings (one is San Diego and one in Orange County) where the artists will have their piece on display as well as showing some of our favorite shots from the sessions. That is where you come in…
As of today, I have launched a KickStarter page to help us out with some of the funds needed to do these shows. Take a look at the link below to read more about who the artists are, more background about the project and some rewards for helping us out.
On behalf of all the artists that are participating in the project and myself included of course, thanks for taking the time to read this, much longer than normal, blog post and consideration for helping out with the showings.
Here are a few shots that were taken during the first few shoots…