AWAITANCE • LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA
45 Artist Proof • 495 Limited Edition
Photography is about so much more than what is seen through the viewfinder. It’s also about the setting and story that surround the image – both the tangible and intangible elements. Local surfers built this beach hut in 1947, as a tribute to the friends, brothers and fellow surfers who didn’t make it back from WWII. While it’s succumbed numerous times to the ravages of weather and waves, this historical landmark continues to endure. I feel a deep connection to the history and ambience of this place and it had long been my wish to capture that in an image.
The beach was completely deserted, due to heavy rain and thunderstorms that had been present for several hours. Not even the surfers were out and it was an eerie experience standing on the sand feeling like the last man on Earth. When the rain let up the clouds dissipated quite quickly, and as the sun burned through it created an ethereal glow off the tumbling waves. The ocean had such energy and the backlighting brought out the incredible range of luminous blues and greens in the water. I felt the weight of history and the responsibility to do justice not only to the incredible beauty of nature, but also to the memory of those surfers who never made it home. As I closed the shutter on this frame, it felt like the world fell away and time had stopped just for me – as if I was absolutely meant to capture this powerful memory.
I spend so much time searching for the intersection of those magical moments of synchronicity the universe presents us, and on this day, in this place, I found one…
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