03/27/09

Inspired by Waves – Clark Little Wave Photography

On my way to Maui for a wedding a few weeks ago, I saw the most beautiful photo of waves on the cover of Hana Hou!, the magazine of Hawaiian Airlines. Turns out the photo was by Clark Little, a surfer turned photographer when his wife asked for a photo of waves over their bed. He said, “I can do that! I know waves.” Talk about bold and inspired.

For all the years I’ve walked along the Pacific Ocean at Torrey Pines Beach and been blown away by the wave patterns, I’ve wondered how to catch the light, the beauty, the spray, the moment of cresting, through my camera. Never in any photos I’ve taken have I been able to capture the magic and mystery in those waves that I’ve seen with my eyes.

And it shouldn’t come as a surprise. What Clark Little does to get those photos is beyond my imagination. Having been tossed around by a wave and having a near-death experience as a result when I first moved to San Diego has given me a deep respect for the ocean’s power. The fact that Clark Little is willing to be pummeled and risk his life for that magical moment in the water – well, that to me is the power of the combination of inspiration, passion and testosterone. I’m grateful I can appreciate his talent in a photo and was able to see original prints at the Hawaii Surf Art Gallery in Lahaina, Maui.

If you want to be inspired, go to Clark Little’s website and view the flash movie of his photos, watch the Good Morning America interview with him, and read the article in Hana Hou!, all on his site. His energy and enthusiasm are contagious, and his website is equally inspiring.

The inspiration you seek is seeking you. Happy Friday. Mary