Burning Salvation

May 22nd, 2014

Pashupatinath Temple is located a few miles outside of Kathmandu, Nepal. It’s Hindu belief that if your body is cleaned, cremated, and sent down the river, that the soul will eventually reach the Ganges and therefore find salvation.

While visiting the temple, there were multiple bodies aflame, as well as a handful of other corpses being cleaned with river water by family members, in preparation for cremation.

The air was thick with smoke from the burning bodies, the sun was bright with intense heat, and the river was more like a narrow stream without any movement. There were marijuana plants growing wild through the cracks in the concrete (as they do all over the city), holy men asking for money in exchange for there picture, monkeys and cattle roaming free and emaciated in random locations, mourning groups of families and friends saying their goodbyes to the dead, fire stokers, and children sifting through the thick water in search of gold teeth that have been dumped with the body ash.

Pashupatinath is one of those places that had me leaving Nepal feeling incredibly grateful for my opportunities in life. Watching a little kid digging for teeth in dead human muck and septic waste so he could feed himself, while another burning body was just above him, struck me pretty deep.

(Notice the feet).

Kathmandu, Nepal

May 22nd, 2014

Kathmandu is unlike anywhere I have ever been. It’s a scene out of Star Wars. Nothing is surprising in Kathmandu because everything is surprising in Kathmandu. It’s like Kuta Bali, Bangkok, Bangladesh, India, and China all got in a blender together. If you’re looking for a place unlike any other while on a journey around the world to find yourself, I recommend visiting Kathmandu.

I couldn’t figure out how to capture the city in a way that that allows you to smell and taste the pungent environment, so I just shot a handful of the eclectic individuals who makeup the diverse city.

Hong Kong

May 22nd, 2014

A lot of people have been asking me why I haven’t been updating Hungry Walrus lately. Over the past few weeks I’ve been traveling through one of the most remote places in the world. I just returned from a trip with my dad and brother-in-law to Mt. Everest base camp. It was an incredible three week trek without communication devices.

On our way to Nepal, we stopped in Hong Kong for a little Chinese food.

Hong Kong is centered around the all-mighty dollar. Banks and shopping centers are the epicenter of the city. There are shark fins all over the markets. Hong Kong and I are on opposite ends of the spectrum.

Spring Winds

March 28th, 2014

Spring isn’t the most desirable time of year to be a surfer or water photographer in San Diego. Winds are primarily strong and onshore, and swells are typically from a very steep northerly direction with short interval.

I’ve been taking advantage of my time out of the water by collaborating with my agent on the direction of my business. There is a ton of behind the scenes work that takes a considerable amount of time in order to get my images into the hands of those who need it. Working with art galleries, interior designers, and private art collectors, in conjunction with our printing crew at Chrome Digital and our custom framer at Indo Teak Design is proving to be an enjoyable juggling act.

Aside, from the fine art and interior design market, I’ve been booking some challenging freelance jobs and entering international photography competitions with some great success. I’m stoked on all the work, but found myself missing a good month or so without shooting anything personal. Yesterday, I grabbed my camera to get back in the swing of things. Even though the conditions were blown, I’m glad I shot.

Exposure: Pannikin – Market – Galleries

March 10th, 2014

Feels good to get some mainstream exposure for showcasing my work in current and upcoming shows. The La Jolla Light just featured my work in their latest edition.

(Stoked my Grandpa can read all about it!)

My images are currently on display at The Pannikin Cafe in La Jolla (corner of Girard and Pearl). I am scheduled to have a show at Tim Bessell’s gallery sometime in the next few months, and are negotiating deals with various galleries across the country. It’s pretty exciting.

If you are in San Diego on Saturday, March 15th, come to our party at the Pannikin between 4-6pm.

Offshore Winds

March 10th, 2014

After a great week in Mammoth Lakes, I returned to La Jolla to find beautiful weather and offshore winds. Felt good to get back in the water for the first time since the stingray accident. Spent the morning surfing, and the afternoon taking these photos.

Mammoth, A Stingray Rehabilitation Program

March 10th, 2014

Last week the rain came. It was the first dousing California has had all season.

The day before the rain, I was surfing Windansea. After catching a fun wave, I stood up on the reef and stepped on a stingray. The barb nailed me perfectly in the arch of my foot. I felt the animal wiggle out from beneath my foot, while pulling the barbed stinger out of the wound.

After a lifetime of surfing, and accidentally stepping on roughly a dozen in the past without getting stung, I finally got tagged in the most unassuming location.

Luckily my friend Kells gave me a ride home, the walk would have sucked.

The day after I was stung the surf at La Jolla Cove got really good. The best it’s been in a decade. But with all of the rain, I was not willing to risk a nasty infection in my foot in exchange for a handful of solid southern California drops. I may have taken the gamble if I were not scheduled to take an incredible three week trek through the Himalayas with my dad and brother-in-law next month. Trekking away from doctors with a nasty foot infection would not be enjoyable.

With the abundance of rain, and a season pass to Mammoth without any holes punched in it, I decided to head up there and see what the storm produced. Figured the dry weather would heal the wound quickly, and I could get some potential powder runs in at the same time.

It turned out to be a great call. There were very few people around, they opened the top of the mountain for the first time since the storm, and I rode 8 hours a day for four straight days with a friend who lives at the base of the mountain.

Feels really good to get 5000 cutbacks in!

Venice, CA

January 26th, 2014

Recently spent a few days visiting Photo LA, and Bonhams Classic Photographs, in Los Angeles with my friend and photo agent, Mimi Kotter. The events were wonderful, bringing together hundreds of photo galleries, artists, and designers to share ideas and work. It was an awesome and educational experience. While we were up there, Mimi and I cruised into Venice for coffee and I shot a few photographs with a small Canon M and 22mm prime lens. Coffee in Venice wouldn’t be complete without a homless protest and a good ol’ fashion car fire.

Wash The Dust Off

January 16th, 2014

Felt good to wash the Baja dust off in some fun waves in front of my house yesterday.

Wild West

January 16th, 2014

Just got home from an awesome and rugged trip to Mexico. My friends and I went on a recon mission to a secret, heavy, fickle wave. After a good deal of effort we made it to the wave, but the conditions shut us down. The wind was side-shore, but the surface conditions were very raw, making for a giant playing field with 99% closed out peaks.

That didn’t stop us from scoring though. We ended up finding some great waves at a different stretch of the isolated coastline. This wave in the photos was grinding around the rocks before standing up all the way to the beach. The water was blue, sand was pristine, and there was lots of sea life. I lucked into an absolutely perfect wave and came out of the barrel to find two dolphins launching out of the water while sharing the open face with me. We rode all the way to the beach together. It was a spiritual experience.