Full Immersion

To kick off my first blog post, I want to start by thanking both my wife, Stephanie, and friend Bryan Hudson,  for creating and launching this site. I'm far more comfortable behind the lens and creating content than I am designing a site, so I offer my gratitude to both of them!!

 Water photography has given me an incredible and wonderfully new perspective. The years spent windsurfing, kiteboarding, paddling and surfing have given me so many moments where I'd wished I could capture a scene on the water where the image would reflect the experience of being there. An SLR in a water housing allows for more control and creativity than a GoPro (as good as they are!). The west coast of BC has such moody weather and presents all sorts of challenges for lighting, but this also makes the rewards that much greater when a shot works out.

 Most surfers have experienced surreal  evening paddles up and over a critical wave face, offshore wind combing arcs of golden, backlit spray high into the air before drifting back down in a hiss of pelleting mist. Or windsurfers and kiteboarders on the Island noticing the monochromatic, wintery layers of texture on the water inscribed by the elemental movement of currents, rain, and wind.  It's these ethereal, fleeting details that stand out in stark contrast from the day to day visual noise we tend to ignore. I love the sensation of feeling the movement of the water around me as I shoot the action. It's a very visceral and connected feeling that I'd never really considered would come from swimming with a heavy and awkward camera, but there it is: hydrotherapy of a very real kind.

Rain+ wind+freezing water = happy Chris.

Rain+ wind+freezing water = happy Chris.