Shakas and Single Fins

blog of photographer Ryan Tatar
I shot this portrait of Cyrus Sutton in Ocean Beach San Francisco this winter while he was passing thru surfing huge thick waves nearby.  The image is shot on 35mm Portra film from my Yashica.  I took the morning off of working on the next iPhone down in Cupertino and drove out to meet him.  Cyrus was talking about his next film project where he was planning to head to the islands of Hawaii to shoot a documentary on food, GMOs, permaculture, and sustainability.  I love that the guy is not caught up in any hip scene and is using his reach as a professional surfer and filmmaker to educate and help create a better world.  Also, he has a sick van.  But, you probably already knew that.  Keep your ears peeled for Cyrus’s Hawaiian-based project that is likely coming soon.

I shot this portrait of Cyrus Sutton in Ocean Beach San Francisco this winter while he was passing thru surfing huge thick waves nearby.  The image is shot on 35mm Portra film from my Yashica.  I took the morning off of working on the next iPhone down in Cupertino and drove out to meet him.  Cyrus was talking about his next film project where he was planning to head to the islands of Hawaii to shoot a documentary on food, GMOs, permaculture, and sustainability.  I love that the guy is not caught up in any hip scene and is using his reach as a professional surfer and filmmaker to educate and help create a better world.  Also, he has a sick van.  But, you probably already knew that.  Keep your ears peeled for Cyrus’s Hawaiian-based project that is likely coming soon.

(Source: ryantatar)

West is the Best - book project

I recently met up with Joran Briand and Marie Doiteu in Paris during my trip to Europe to discuss the book project they are working on (West is the Best) and get a peak at the working draft.  I contributed many photographs and an interview to this independent publication… and was stoked to see the results.  With the help of Roberta Donatini they put together a beautiful layout and product.  Other folks contributed to the project like buddy Julie Goldstein,  Alex Weinstein, Thomas Meyerhoffer, and others.  Right now it is only available online and in France (at places such as the Library of Arts in Paris).  The book is about Joran and Marie’s exploratory trip to California driving down the coast and surfing… and getting a perspective from several artists influenced by surf culture along the way.  I am humbled and stoked to have contributed.  Check out their website and pick up a copy here.  If you’re interested in carrying this book in a retail store, please email me ryantatar@gmail.com. 

Also, check out a few pics snagged from the opening in Paris.

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