Dramatic Photos of Surfers Carving Waves in Hawaii

San Francisco-based photographer Toby Harriman recently took a 10-day trip to O'ahu, Hawaii and managed to try his hand at surf photography. After renting a water housing and 2x extender for his camera, the photographer opted to stay on shore and capture surfers riding the waves. Later, he would desaturate the colors to create a dramatic black and white collection. What resulted is what he calls Chapter 1 of his Modern Surf series.

Despite not being a surf photographer by trade, Harriman was fascinated with the sport and the images he had seen others take. Being a Colorado native, Harriman says “I am used to skiing and being on top of snow. The ocean is a whole different animal with zero control over its power and intensity. As I like to describe it; It's like being in little, 10 to 30 second avalanches. Not only that, the swells we had while I was there were pretty big.”

Prints from this collection can be purchased directly through Harriman's online store.

Toby Harriman website
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Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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