Everything is always moving and changing when shooting surfing. It’s not like other action sports where you can find an angle and then try the same trick over and over again.
I had the opportunity to interview Marcus Paladino. His photography is dedicated to capturing high performance surfing on the west coast of Canadas. His work will be featured during the upcoming RAW Victoria BC Stellar on October 17th. You can get tickets here: https://rawartists.com/victoria/stellar.
What inspired you to photograph surfing?
I’ve always had a passion for photography, once I moved to Tofino on the West Coast of Canada and fell in love with surfing it all came together. I surf as much as I shoot, if not more. But it’s a balancing act, I find each passion fuels the other. Surfers really inspire me. When I watch people push themselves and their abilities to the limit, it makes me want to do the same with my photography.
What is the most challenging part of photographing surfing?
Everything is always moving and changing when shooting surfing. It’s not like other action sports where you can find an angle and then try the same trick over and over again. It’s very dependent on not only the athlete, but the conditions of the ocean as well. No wave is ever the same. Around here, on Vancouver Island, the cold plays a big factor as well. It creeps into your bones so fast when you’re swimming. In the middle of winter, you’ll need a 6mm wetsuit head-to-toe and even then you can only last a couple of hours. It’s not like surfing; your whole body is submerged and usually, you’re sitting in one spot the whole time. It can be a real mental struggle, but I almost think of it like a game: “How long can I go without going insane?”
Which do you prefer to shoot from, the land, sea or air? Why?
If I had the budget for a helicopter I would definitely say air! That’s just a different and exciting perspective for me. Otherwise, I’d have to say sea. Everything moves a lot faster and is more of a challenge, to me that’s what makes it fun. Sometimes when the conditions aren’t perfect (bad waves, no light, etc) shooting from the water can make the ordinary seem extraordinary, you never know what you’re going to get.
What do you have planned for the RAW Artists Victoria showcase on Thursday October 17th?
I’m currently putting together a new/improved online store, so everything there will be available for sale as prints online. As for a theme with this gallery, I really wanted to focus less on the extreme action/lifestyle of surfing and more of the waves with an artistic and abstract perspective that will hopefully appeal to everyone and not just surfers
Artist profile: https://rawartists.com/marcuspaladino