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Weekender, Isle of Wight County Press. Surf's up at Dimbola

I really do promise to stop going on about the exhibition sometime soon :)

 

But i have to keep a record of this one, it is pretty cool to see one of your favourite shots reproduced in full colour on the front of the entertainment section of the paper.

 

I didn't tell Pacey he was on the cover till this morning, i think he might have been getting a bit of stick for it :)

 

Having said it was cool, and of course being thankful for the exposure it will give to the exhibition and the www.wightsurfhistory.co.uk project, I do have a gripe. The whole artistic intention of the shot has been lost in translation and the tighter crop used on the cover. It was meant to be about capturing the surfer in, and celebrating his natural environment, and to me (and most people who see the original) its the dynamic cirrus clouds and foreground details of the waves on the beach that make it work as an idea. I'm not usually very precious about stuff like that, and of course you could say that it all goes out the window the moment it has the 'weekender' branding splashed across it too, but flickr is a photography forum so if i cant talk about here where can i, and i'd like to hear what you all think about it.

 

On a different note, its also ironic to see Pacey there with the word 'weekender' above his head, because he is about as far removed from the idea of a 'weekend warrior' surfer as it is possible to be. He lives and breathes surfing, and is out in all conditions and weathers, all year round, i dont think i've heard him say no to a a surf session yet, snow on the ground, big gnarly waves, he's always there.

 

As for the picture of Me & Paul, the first one to mention 'right said fred' tribute act is in trouble :)

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Taken on January 22, 2010