19 transormational moments from my career as a photographer of surf.

I often work with a handful of surf websites these days and one of the quality ones from the US is theinertia.com These guys have a lot of really good quality reading and just about always have really great photography The Inertia‘s a classy site full of very good content.

The fellas over there hit me up about a week ago, asking me if I could share some transformational moments from my career as a photog’ of surf. I thought about it and decided, that yes, there are quite a few moments like these, worthy of discussion, so I pulled together an rather impressive array of photographic moments that were rounded down to 19 images. When selecting images from my archives, I tried to zero in on images that not only had a story about them, but were actually pivotal moments from my years as a shooter of surf. These images in this pictorial cover a wide number of locations and moments, including Tahiti, Pipeline Todos Santos Shipsterns Bluff/a> Rocky point and featuring surfers; Dan Malloy, Jamie Obrien, Andy Irons, Carlos Burle Jack Johnson Evan Valiere Randall Paulson Malik Joyeux Mark Richards Bruce Irons Kahea Hart Jack Johnson Kieren PerrowHerbie Fletcher and CJ Hobgood
There’s even some inspired black and white in there…

This is one story and image from the pictorial:
Mark Richards speed blur at Tamarama, Sydney, mid 80's

“From much earlier in my career, probably mid ’80s – ’84, perhaps. They had a Gorilla Grip team event at Bronte and Tamarama beaches, and this was when teams were really heavy with name surfers. Mereweather was one of these with MR and Nick Wood, who was blowing up at the time. Also Simon Law and Matt Hoy representing. I knew that the pro’s would be out early in the morning, getting their training in while the masses slept, so I got up early and swam with my old Nikoness II and Toshiba Flash. I was very much hunting an MR image. As a young surf photog’, that would be the ultimate to get a sick water shot of MR at that time. Sure enough, he was approaching me and I just steeled my resolve to get the shot and held my position. Mark told me later that he was starting to feel the fins letting go and was worried that he was going to run me over, but that the shot was very cool. It almost ran as the cover of Waves magazine, but was pulled by the publisher at the last minute. This really was early, early days for me in the use of flash to capture surfing, but it was all fun to be continually experimenting with different techniques. It helped to form my resolve to shoot different. That’s one of my motos.”

To see the whole pictorial at theinertia, click here: TheInertia.com

It’s a cool little pictorial with interesting quips about the images. If you really like it, swing by my Instagram page at instagram.com/sean_davey and press the page LIKE button on your way through to show your appreciation.

Aloha

Sean

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