Why do you prefer to be called a documenter?
Taking photos was initially about trying to feel more comfortable around people. When I have a clear task or simple job to do, I truly enjoy myself around people. If I go into a social situation with a camera, I’m able to engage for longer without breaking down from over-stimulation. Also, my brain doesn’t need as much time to rest and recover from human interaction if I’m documenting. Whenever I start to get over-stimulated, I just take out my camera. Documenting gives me one thing to focus on, and I don’t worry about talking to the people. I just document them. I still feel like I’m a part of what’s happening, but I’m not overwhelmed trying to translate and process the environment.
How did you get into surf photography?
Surf photography is a no brainer for me. I’ve grown up as an avid swimmer in a family of surfers. I’ve always enjoyed swimming out into the lineup with my dad or brother. Surf photography combines my love of documentation, water, and portraiture into one beautiful experience. I feel really lucky.