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Far Rockaway, NY; By Andrew Kidman

San Miguel Island, CA

By © Andrew Kidman

This photo was taken up on the far end of the Rockaways in New York. It was during a easterly wind storm that was battering the coast. The wind was so strong it had swept the beach clean of any markings. If you look in the background you can see a kitsurfer rigging up on the shoreline. It was taken in November, so the surfer is no doubt wearing a hood, gloves and booties for the cold.

About an hour after this photo was taken, the wind switched and went offshore. For a couple of hours we surfed perfect waves down on one of the jetties in Rockaway before it was blown flat.

It’s like that in New York, you have to be on it to get it, because the weather and wind moves so fast.

The photo was taken with a Canon 5D, using a 50MM lens.

I like taking pictures of things that are happening. The coast is good for this because it is always moving and changing. Also people interact with the beaches, the shoreline and the ocean in their own special way. It’s very personal. It like photographing these things from a distance because there is a pure spirit involved.

Bathers ; By Thomas Zika

Thomas Zika

By © Thomas Zika

Bathers, #12, 2003
Lambda Print mounted on aluminum
31 1/2 by 47 1/2 inches
Edition 3/5

My photographic interest is to reflect upon our perceptions of reality. My projects often recognizes the enormous impact that advertisements and printed images have upon our understanding of reality and the creation of desire. Constructed of representations of bathers, swimmers, or people frolicking in the waters along our coastline, the source images from the Bathers project drawing exclusively from travel brochures and tourist literature gather from around the world. The cultural history of representation of bathers or swimmers reaches from antiquity and medieval book painting and on to painting by Cezanne and Matisse and on to today in these commercial brochures. In examining my source materials closely, carefully selecting and recomposing the grouping of individuals with both in camera and extra camera manipulation, I create new images that suggest the enormous expanse of sea and the fragile balance between mankind and the shore.

Born and educated in German, Thomas Zika has exhibited widely in Europe since 1989. He recently participated in a major exhibition in Luxembourg entitled, De L’Europe at the Centre National de L’audiovisuel which featured 25 photographers that contemplated the social, political and developmental issues facing contemporary Europe. He has also exhibited in New York City and with Edward Cella Art+Architecture on the West Coast.

Image courtesy, Edward Cella Art+Architecture

Capbreton Beach; By Sylvain Cazenave

Capbreton Beach

By © Sylvain Cazenave

Sylvain Cazenave is a French pioneer of surf and waves photography. After spending the first years of his life in Africa, Sylvain moved back with his family to the west coast of France, in Biarritz, the surf mecca. As a teen he soon became a member of the French Surf Team.

Early on, photography becomes a true calling, leading him to pack his bag again, heading to Tahiti’s waves, in French Polynesia. There it is a true revelation. He decides to dedicate his life to the ocean, roaming the world in quest of the most magnificient waves. His journey will bring him to the four corners of the blue planet, from Australia, Fiji, California to Hawaii…

This photograph was taken from the water, showing Capbreton beach in the background, which is located in the south west of France.

“This photograph is one of a series, on which I sedulously worked. I shot this very picture on September 12, 2009. It was around 2:00pm, I was in Capbreton’s waters, equipped with a custom made Nikon camera, 10.5mm fish-eye lens.”

Yamba, AU; By Cyrus Sutton

Yamba, AU

By © Cyrus Sutton

Cyrus Sutton is an independent creative whose talents in media production have allowed him to work with many influential people and garnered him a coveted Emmy award at 23 years old.

This lightning shot was taken at 11pm in Yamba, NSW Australia in 2006. He was sitting on a warm, dry, sandy beach watching a brilliant lightning storm drift just offshore and never felt a drop of rain in the two hours he sat on the beach and watched.

Waikiki Beach; By Andrew Jalbert

Waikiki Beach

By © Andrew Jalbert

Andrew Jalbert has been a professional archaeologist and scuba instructor for over 15 years. During that time, he has worked throughout the Great Lakes Region, the Caribbean, the Florida Keys, and Hawaii. His award-winning photographic and written freelance work focuses on maritime & tropical subjects (both above and below the water) and he has been published in scuba diving, natural history, fitness, and travel magazines as well as in educational materials and web sites.

Slow speed sepia shot taken near Hawaii’s Waikiki beach at dusk.

Staten Island; By Joni Sternbach

Staten Island

By © Joni Sternbach

“I stumbled upon this while scouting in Staten Island. It was an interesting art-like structure with no apparent purpose, It reminded me of the remains of some former habitation, whether civilian or military—it’s unclear, but I believe it was designed to give that impression. I went back a couple of times and then suddenly, one day it was gone.”
 Joni Sternbach

My pictures over recent years engage traditions of landscape, seascape, and architectural photography. Working with a large-format camera and historic process (wet-plate collodion), I have concentrated on locations that are close to or directly on the water. At this juncture between land and sea, I explore subject matter in a constant state of transition.

For the last year I have been drawn to the people present at these locations, specifically the surfers in Montauk’s Ditch Plains, at the eastern end of Long Island. Their avocation is on the water; they are persistent elements in a shifting scene. We overlap on the periphery of two powerful elements; the land and the sea. The singular, primitive act of surfing on the water is eclipsed by the social and negotiated state of human interaction on the shore. The surfers act as a bridge between the sea as an unbridled force of nature and the shore line, a place of leisure and cultural phenomena.

Working with a “wet” instantaneous process that must be prepared and developed on location serves me well. It draws spectators as well as entices new subjects. Using collodion compels me to compose carefully before sensitizing the plate, yet its very nature is spontaneous and unknowable. The raw quality of the process suits the subject matter, and the distinctive appearance of the finished works echoes nineteenth-century traditions of anthropological photography.