As Neil Everett, ESPN’s SportsCenter anchor, likes to say on Top Plays, “She’s a beauty that number nine”. Born in the dead of a Carolina winter, she measures in at 8’6” and has the shape of a mini nose rider. Draped in a vintage photo from the North Shore of Oahu she strikes an alluring pose. Her name, “Legends in the Dark”. Her creator has won six East Coast surfing titles and lives on the OBX of North Carolina. He’s a superb chef, preparing and presenting home cook meals to mouth-watering perfection. He’s married to a charming red-haired beauty—his cooking… Continue reading 

surfboard

It’s fitting to include in the 15 Boards 15 Shapers surfboard art project a surfboard made in Puerto Rico. That is where I dedicated so much time to photography and surfing, the two underlying passions this project is based on. A number of very talented shapers reside on the island, but my desire was to work with Nestor Ramirez of Pelicano Surfboards. Nestor’s reputation for quality workmanship was undeniable and, fortunately for me, he became a willing collaborator on the eighth board in the project.

shaping a surfboard

Coincidence is an amazing fact of life. It happens unexpectedly and is always surprising though it’s not necessarily of any significance. Sometimes it’s just interesting. Such was the case with the origin of board #7. I’ve been waiting for a board like this one. A surfboard that’s retro but has modern characteristics such as in the nose and tail rocker, V bottom contour and light weight construction. And a black and white print that’s indicative of earlier times in photography.

Woman's face as she walks by

Whispering Wind. The link above takes you to a short youtube video about a woman walking in and out of the camera’s view point. The feeling is mysterious as an unrecognized, out-of-focus subject becomes recognizable as quickly as she disappears. However the sound of lapping water on the shore of a beach and a soft guitar rift takes the edge out of the sequence. In the end one is left with nothing but a whisper of a unknown woman. On the technical side this was shot with an manual focus 85mm Nikon lens set on a tripod and focused at… Continue reading 

portrait of woman with blue eyes

It began with wanting to photograph my friend Lauren’s beautiful blue eyes. The how and where would come later. My initial thought was to focus only on the eyes using a macro lens. I’m guessing this was because it’s an image that has been ingrained in memory from countless similar shots seen in the past. However, I wanted to push in a different direction. I decided to work with a fast prime lens, the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 manual focus Nikkor, on a Nikon D3 camera and to shoot under the belly of the Lake Worth Pier in Lake Worth, Florida.

surfboard shaper

He is given six photographs to choose an inlay for a surfboard from but skips over the obvious choices (waves or anything relating to surfing). Rather he chooses an image that doesn’t make sense, figuratively or literally. I knew then that I was working with an individual willing to take a chance, make a statement and stand by it! Matt Kechele is said person and the shaper of what would become the sixth surfboard in my Surfboard Art project. His ‘outside the box’ thinking assured me I’d be working with a shaper who, like the others that preceded him, would… Continue reading