Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Clark Little



My thanks to Edward Mapplethorpe for introducing me to the work of Clark Little, a surfer from Oahu who started photographing just three years ago and in that short time has pretty much become to waves what Atget was to Paris! That's Little below, showing how he does it. (If you click on the picture you will see a hand holding a camera.)

Little's photographic career began when his wife asked him for a picture of the ocean to decorate a bedroom wall, and with the confidence of an experienced surfer, Clark jumped in the ocean, and started snapping away. (He has since upgraded to more advanced equipment.) His photographs are almost too beautiful, but they record the power of Hawaiian waves from the inside out. It's a view few people could ever get, and yes - it is as dangerous as appears.











12 comments:

Alice Olive said...

These are amazing. Dramatic and stunning. Wow!

Anonymous said...

i this with a large format camera?

Patrick said...

The Little brothers are fantastic surfers/people. Not sure if you've seen this, but there's surf mag called Water that features some great surf photography. It's published online now, here: http://www.surfline.com/water-magazine/digital/index.cfm?vol=27

I've always been fascinated with surf photography, especially the shot that appears in every mag and every surf video, where the barrel of the wave is shot from underwater behind the wave. It's everywhere, but it always looks fantastic.

Mandy said...

Beautiful!!!!!

enrique said...

'Sublime' is the only word I can think of using to describe the waves in the images. I can almost hear the roar that builds up as the wave gains momentum as it approaches the short. Amazing.

Don said...

I'd buy a book with these photos in it.

Norlinda said...

Whoa. That's breathtaking.

Clark Little has a web site and in some of the pics you can see the camera/gear he's using.

http://www.clarklittlephotography.com/

Letterpress said...

Such intriguing shapes in some of these wave photos, along with the traditional. This is exactly why I read your blog. You have a range of photography from soup to nuts, as they say, always introducing me to something new and interesting. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

You might enjoy Surfer's Journal.

Story Collector said...

I thought that the first picture was amazing, but as I scrolled down, my jaw just went on dropping. Brilliant pics!

Katie said...

I've always enjoyed photos of water in general, because water is such a shifty subject...it can do many things and bend light in many different ways. These photos are awesome, I specifically like the first one shown...something different form the average 'surfer wave' shot. Beautiful. =]

Jakub said...

great pictures!