Follow The Light 2012 is only two weeks away from awarding $5,000 to the most promising photographer within a final batch of dreamers. Amongst this creative lot are Sarah Lee, Ryan Craig, Mike Smolowe, Shawn Parkin and Matt Kurvin. These finalists embody fresh perspective, angular adventure and individual spirit in well composed photography. To make things more personal, we requested 5 photos that did not make their submitted portfolio, alongside insightful captions. Below, the answers:
One of the hardest working surfers I know, Darshan Gooch, setting up for a perfect backhand barrel. This was a stellar evening, one that I'll never forget.
I could hear the thunder at a distance and biked to the beach from my Dad's house late one evening in Thailand. From three to four AM, I messed around with some self portraits and the lightning flashing across the bay. This particular image turned out to be my favorite from this trip and the best self portrait I have to date. No fake photoshop colors here, just a lot of ambient city lights, clear turquoise water and lightning.
The day before the predicted swell that would run the Mavericks contest, I was completely unsure of what angle to shoot and who's ski I could possibly use. It turned out to be such a zoo at the harbor launch ramp that I just decided not to go out at all. Instead I drove to the north-end and snapped a few lineups from this angle. Although I do regret not going out there and seeing firsthand how amazing the 2010 competition was, I did get one of my favorite lineup shots to date. Comparing this particular wave to the Coast Guard ship and the other couple dozen boats and skis, you can get a firm grasp on how massive Mavericks was that day.
Sundaran Gillespie, at sunrise, doing what he does best. The guy is an absolute legend and has led me to some amazing waves during our long friendship.
Earlier this year, I ordered my first longboard, wanting a true classic beauty under my feet. Travis Reynolds is both a talented surfer and shaper and was more then happy to get something setup for me. Travis is part of a dying breed and still shapes all his boards without computers. We worked on a project to shoot every step of the shaping process, thanks Travis!