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The Master Images by The Surfer’s Journal: A carefully curated assortment of fine art photographic prints for sale exclusively through The Surfer’s Journal. Each image is chosen for artistic and cultural merit then color tuned to TSJ standards. Images printed using photographic process on Fuji Crystal Archival paper, specifically chosen for its ability to reproduce the nuances of water. The Master Images are 42 inches on the long side and mounted on ¼-inch Sintra with cleats. Each image comes with a signed and embossed certificate of authenticity and will be available for a limited time only. Start your collection now.
Da Cat, 1964, Rincon by the Sea, Ron Stoner
This image was recorded when a moment like this could happen there, crowds being less then, no one but that feline figure in the frame. His posture says, “I am perfect---no need for further complications”. Does it celebrate him, the wave, the day, life itself? Ask Miki if you see him. He would have an answer for you, one that you might not appreciate, but would later recite to your friends.
The Pass, French Polynesia, Ben Thouard
From the air, the overall tableau appears uniquely stunning: Azure blue depths and more shallow greens and reef browns; the lines colliding and wrapping around the corner and peeling into blue water; the thought that the opposite might occur from the right point on a different swell direction. The two dreamy yachts anchored in the pass are perhaps there to avail themselves of the swell, but probably not. Thus, it spends itself unfettered. Then, pick your house in the isolated village where one might well spend one’s time on earth in a manner totally different than what the reality of our lives is.
Liquid Dazzle, Deb Morris
The wonder of the universe is duplicated all around us, it’s facets obscured by movement, yet frozen by a mechanical lens. The detail and variation is endless and never repeated exactly like any one occurrence. The molecules of an energy wave vibrate and cycle but remain relatively stationary as the pulses move through it. Therefore a wave that we can see is a vision of pure energy and much more. We have gifted ourselves by learning to ride them. Why not?
The Score, South Australia Outer Waters, by Calum Macaulay
We were watching the charts on this swell for well over a week, hoping it would hang in there until it hit our coast. That particular wave is hard to score. It needs huge swell, strong period, the right direction, and being out in the middle of the ocean, light winds. That only occurs a couple times a year, if at all. It's a good hour ski ride out there, depending on conditions. Everyone involved that day—riders and photographer—all pulled up a bit ...
Pipeline, North Shore, Oahu, by Jeff Divine
The sun peeks over Pupukea Heights and lights up the ocean at 7:45 every morning. Roaming the area allows me to figure out swell direction and where it will be good. I always carried a small 50mm lens on these surf checks just in case something worthwhile presented itself. Peering through the palms as I approach the beach on a day like this one, I immediately know it’s perfect and turn to rush back home to gather my ...
Nature's Sculpture, West Oz, Ray Collins
Ray happens to be a coal miner. The sensitivity and artfulness of this frozen frame speak to an unlikely yet highly evolved aesthetic for one who toils long hours underground in dim artificial light, drilling and blasting and digging fossil fuel. But Ray is a realist if not an idealist. Real to him is making good money so he can spend his elective time capturing frozen instants such as this that allow us to wonder about the designer.
Trim Perspectives, Noosa Heads, Australia, Dane Peterson
I mentioned to Belinda the image I had in mind and wanted to create. I don't think many photographers had actually approached her with a specific goal in mind. Needless to say, she was intrigued. I simply asked to her get as nasally (on the nose) as possible, have fun, and relax, and hopefully I could accomplish the rest. Belinda proceeded to do just that, and we walked away with an image I feel her and I are both truly happy to be a part of creating. – D.P.
Tuck & Run, Australia, Josh Simpson
Are the two friends shielding their eyes from the sun really oblivious to the man on a surfboard streaking along in his own world? It appears they might be, but it could just be their attitude at the moment that the lens was triggered. The wave appears to be rather endless. That makes the entire juxtaposition suitable for daydreaming if you’re inclined to indulge in such non-materialistic activities yourself.
The Descent, Nazare, Portugal, Laurent Pujol
Riding big waves has changed more than any other facet of the surfing spectrum. The upper end of ride able wave size was originally defined by the paddler’s ability to overcome the mass of wave energy rising in the opposite direction. About 15-years ago, tow-in surfing overwhelmed that physical barrier. Now, a movement where the purity of paddling into huge waves has regained stature—the possibilities now better understood because of the preceding tow-in phase. Here is Shane, paddled in and dropping, captured in the magic essence of man and wave.