The Art of Surf Photography

Trent Mitchell Photography

LIFE Magazine Archives via SECRETFORTS

Chris Burkard Photo

Brian Bielmann Photography

The foundation of my appreciation for photography was rooted within the pages of my Dad’s Surfer magazines at age 6. From the first moment I saw the beauty of the ocean I loved captured in photographic perfection I was transfixed. Growing up on the beaches of Hawaii and California the surf culture was at the heart life. I have vivid high school memories of my friend Monika helping me plaster my room with surf posters - my teenage version of art appreciation.

For those who live for the sound of the crashing waves you know it is not just about the end result. I have hiked through extremely rural areas, clinging to cliffs just to watch surfing and be close to the energy. Surf photography goes beyond the ride capturing the journey and stillness of nature and mans commune.

These photographers have such passion for their discipline they are often in life threatening situations waiting to immortalize the perfect wave. Of course there is no risk of drowning standing shore side with a telephoto lens, but the surf photographer’s job description does not stop there. Using watertight photography equipment they slip into fins and wetsuits, dive in and position themselves just above water level, close to the impact zone of the wave - ouch. Other techniques involve board-mounted cameras, boats, outriggers, canoes, jet skies and even helicopters. Sounds like a fun day at the office!


Istvan Banyai: Illustrator


Alexandre Farto: Subtractive Wall Art

Alexandre Farto via Design Boom. The beauty of deconstruction.


Adele: Rolling in the Deep

Amazing set design; the simplicity of the compositions and movement are striking. Haunting lyrics. Intoxicating rhythm and vocals. Playing on repeat at Studio Nelson. Extremely inspiring!


Junkin' in PA

Some trips are legendary and the Junkin' in PA caravan was one of them. On board was Susan and William Brinson of House of Brinson, Michelle Carangi from Holley & Gill, Interiors guru Jonathan Legate and one sexy Greek...James Karabelas.

There is nothing that makes me more elated than treasure hunting in a rickety old barn. Add a group of talented, knowledgeable design friends and magic is born! Susan and Jonathan are antiquing geniuses; every foreign object I discovered they would instantly have a description of its original use, time period and worth. It was like being on one of those antiquing road shows!

Of course no barn adventure can be complete without the discovery of family secrets, grandmas racey media and "exercise" equipment and a few stray rodents. You take the good with the "So did NOT want to see that" and in the end you have a stash of beautiful finds.

My favorite purchase of the day was an antique refrigerator box that can hang on the wall. The best part - it's the perfect size to house all my saws! It's going to be an awesome addition to the studio. Special thanks to William and Susan for organizing the best Saturday ever.

Check the story out in full at House of Brinson. Enjoy!