Alex Knost in New York strolling the boardwalk. Shot for RVCA.
Danny Fuller in NY for RVCA.
Nathan “Noodles” Webster at the Mercer Hotel in New York September of 2011 while we were out there shooting RVCA imagery as well as checking out the Quiksilver WCT Contest. This was the first time I met noodles I believe. Handsome devil of a man, and a quite funny bloke to top it off. North Narrabeen represent.
This weekend, on January 15th from 8-11, I will have the opening of my first solo photo exhibition at the beautiful Known Gallery on Fairfax in Los Angeles.
I have been working tirelessly on this collection of images and installations, and my friends Brendan Lynch and Sage Vaughn will also be showing work in the Project room. I got a good look at the final prints the other day before they were sent off to the framer and I can’t begin to say how excited I was to see the body of work all together in its final stages. It was a mix of pure joy and excitement as tears almost filled my eyes as we rolled open the images, one by one, my face grinning ear to ear as each passed by. The gallery is beautiful and the installation is going to be amazing. Please come out and hang, have a drink, find me, say hi, and enjoy the night with a bunch of us.
Thanks to EVERYONE for all the support, including everyone who checks this site out. Below are some words describing the motivation for this collection of images.
“The ocean is and always has been the epicenter of my existence on this planet. I am an aquanaut on a thruster in this ever amazing and boundless liquid energy. I have optimized and streamlined my life to ensure maximum time gliding across water. Every choice and relationship, all decisions and waking thoughts (and most dreams) are influenced and infused by the pull of the tides, the whiff of an offshore breeze, and the lucid corduroy lines gracefully stampeding
towards the coast.
I go to the sea to surf, to bond with friends or to be alone, to let out aggression or to find inner peace. The moving ocean is my solid ground. The moment one stands up on a board, propelled by a wave racing across the sea, one is only aware of the present – nothing else. I have never found any other way to achieve that absolutely pure and meditative mindstate.
Open Space is my expression of the state one falls into while floating weightless off shore, looking out to sea, hoping and waiting for the next set. Troubles are isolated far away on the unreality of land, while you are free in the truest reality of water. It is a timeless unspoilable state that cannot be ruined, not even by the angry local that may be slashing your tires and waxing your windows simply because he doesn’t want to share some waves. To a surfer it’s an understandable
act of necessary evil to keep an ungoverned subculture in form, and from it breaking into full bore beachblanket-bingo havoc.
Open Space is a collection of images, collages, and installations that evoke the balance in my life.”
I really like textures and empty spaces. The combination of the two is even better.
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Just got back home from a photo job in Indianapolis to pleasantly find a package from some rad guys in Australia.
A few months back I got an email from a guy named Jeff in Australia about using an image of mine for an upcoming magazine’s debut issue. This is the first offering from “Here to Fame” and I was really stoked to open the package and see my image on the cover of a magazine so well put together. Stoked to be a part of the first issue, and hopefully more to come.
Click HERE to download the issue for free!
The cover image was shot at my apartment while I was living in New York last year. My friend Dylan Kawahara stuck her legs out the window on a hot spring day.
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