Photos - Paul Greene
Interview - Paper Sea
Where do you look for inspiration?
I get my inspiration through many different people, moments and sights. Whether it's when I'm sitting in the lineup watching the afternoon light change, isolated in the desert during an intense storm, or just being around good people.
Describe one of your most challenging moments shooting.
To be honest, I haven't had too many struggles when it comes to taking a picture. However, one big challenge of mine when it comes to photography is carrying my equipment while backpacking. Carrying half by body weight in camping and camera gear up a high sierra pass can really kick your ass.
What’s the stupidest thing you’ve done for a shot?
The stupidest thing I've done to get a photo was a few years back. There was a pretty large storm about to hit Santa Barbara that was bringing a good sized swell with it. In the morning of the storm, the waves had just barely started to fill in, but was going to hit shortly. I decided to shoot from the water with my friend because it was raining too hard not to use a water housing. Long story short, my friend and I both ended up getting washed off the harbor break wall when a storm surge exploded beside us. Surprisingly, I managed to walk away with only a few holes in my wetsuit.
What keeps you motivated/ excited about life?
I always stay busy and spend a lot of time outside. Taking pictures, exploring new areas, camping, backpacking, surfing, skating and snowboarding all keep me stoked on life.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned since you started photography?
Photography has taught me many things over the years since I started shooting. If I had to pick one of those, I would say planning ahead was the most important lesson I learned. When I first started shooting, I would constantly make little mistakes like forgetting to charge my batteries the night before, or not having another memory card with my. Making these little mistakes has taught me to become more diligent in my work and daily life.
Describe your favorite part of the world (aside from home) and tell us why.
I don't have one place in particular I like more than another, because everywhere has its unique qualities that make it the way it is. Having said that, one of my favorite places would have to be the Mentawais. The amount of perfect waves wrapping around the islands is mind blowing. At the same time, from a photographers standpoint there is never a dull moment to shoot.
Who is one of your favorite people to work with and why?
Micky Clarke is definitely one of those people. His surfing is powerful, fast and explosive. Whenever we shoot together, we always seem to get something while enjoying the time as well.
What’s your favorite photo (ever / at the moment) and why?
I don't have a specific photo in mind, but some of my favorite photographers include, Michael Shainblum, Chris Burkard, Jimmy Chin and Corey Wilson.
How do you want to be remembered?
At the moment, I want to be remembered through my photos and life experience for people to look up to for inspiration.