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.