My friend Lex Weinstein McCaughin did a photoshoot at the place I was living a few months ago. I shot some video and assisted her with camera insanity and put it to some pretty over the top music. It’s enjoyable to explore various styles sometimes. Working with different people, whether they be a creative partner or a subject, gives pieces unique personalities. I like the contrast of this with some other projects I’ve done.
I traveled west to visit family and friends in the panhandle of Florida. While I was there, Dennis Litchfield was kind enough to lend me his space, time and tools and help me make a hand plane. A friend gave me the little chunk of foam a few months back and I was itching to actually do something with it. I used to work for Dennis. He was a teacher at my high school and also the only surfboard shaper in our waveless little corner of Florida. My work usually consisted of cleaning up boards, picking blueberries, mowing and other random tasks. I was so blessed to have these experiences. He has always been really supportive, helping me with anything from boards to ride to good advice. I consider him a mentor as well as a friend.
I also had the pleasure of enjoying the nature of the area: crystal clear sinkholes, incredible cypress trees and their knees, perfect autumn weather.
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The hand plane is still a work in progress. It needs a strap and some loving from finer grit sand papers. Since it was essentially a miniaturized version of a surfboard, there was a lot to learn about shaping and glassing processes. I was so happy though taking this weird little thing home with me, in a fairly finished form. I kept looking over it, admiring it, amazed that I’d created this functional mini craft. I can’t wait to go for a body surf with it. And maybe there could be a camera mount in its future?
This archeological dig was also triggered by seeing some beautiful footage of this place recently and a strong urge to do and look at anything other than the photos I should be editing (responsibility).
This year has been a study of surfing. I film a lot of it and only get one here and there that I’m really happy with. This is one. The lighting was beautiful, the offshore winds made for this snowy spray off the waves, and the two surfers, Lee and Chuck, are some of the most enjoyable wave riders to watch that I can think of. Lee is so precise with surgical turns that happen so quickly sometimes it is hard to tell exactly what he’s done. I think he was less than stoked because the waves weren’t very powerful and he tends to shine in more punchy waves but his style is still there on these little rollers. Chuck is one of the happiest and most dedicated surfers. He is out all the time and it shows in his approach. He makes waves of all types look great and rippable. I couldn’t come up with a name so here is Autumn Untitled:
Next up, a montage of chickens and surfing with a result of nonsense.
Finally, some quick waterfootage done for the surf station. First time with a go-pro and still a novice at imovie. Hope to re-edit later.