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(video) Surf Photographer Clark Little on Staring Down Shorebreak to Get the Perfect Shot

[youtube=]Surf Photographer Clark Little on Staring Down Shorebreak to Get the Perfect Shot

The Inertia | Published on Apr 25, 2014

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Getting tossed around by shorebreak and slammed into the sand day after day is a rough go; Clark Little wouldn’t have it any other way. In fact, for the North Shore local, it’s all in a good day’s work. But the Waimea addict didn’t grow up snapping shots with his father’s camera like so many photographers do. He instead set out to capture his longtime stomping grounds when his wife came home with a framed photograph of Waimea shorebreak, an image he figured he would be able to easily replicate. Having never owned a camera, he threw a cheap “waterproof” casing over a cheaper point-and-shoot and headed out to the beach. Since that first attempt, Clark has not only emulated his wife’s purchased wall art, but — with a gallery in Haleiwa and international recognition — has become a heavily respected fixture of wave photography.

Special thanks to Tom Servais and Clark Little archives for the gorgeous imagery, and check out Clark’s new, 160-page coffee table book, Shorebreak, to see more of his work.

See Clark’s portfolio of beautiful shorebreak images here.


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  1. Anonymous

    Jeff, Thanks a lot for posting the pictures I really enjoyed viewing them. You have always taken great pictures. Seeing these pictures made me remember when I worked with you guys up there and how much I enjoyed and miss it! Sorry and sad to see it go but the only thing in life that stays constant is change. Keep up the great work and let everyone know I said hi if they remember me.
    Travis Simineo ese Anchorage/ Fargo 2006

    • Absolutely, Travis, I remember you. You were really enjoyable to work with when we did, but we must have been on different shifts most of the time. I remember you lassoing posts on the freight floor with a rope, and your forest fire fighting stories. And we’re Facebook friends.

      Thanks for the kind words. It was really fun to photograph such an interesting subject (airplanes) and the people. I’m glad I was able to record many memories too.

      I don’t see the people much whom you know. I haven’t seen your buddy Mark since I retired. He was still working on the ramp then, which still has Delta employees, unlike air freight.

      I hope things are going well in North Dakota or northern Minnesota for you and your wife.


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