February 25, 2011

Once in a while, you come across a set of images that astound you.

These are those kind of images.

Shot by photographer Joni Sternbach who uses the historic tintype technique, this series of portraits capture surfers and their oceanside environment in a kind of anthropological way – fierce sunburned faces stare out of the frame, with sometimes only a wetsuit detail giving away the era.

Sternbach says:

“My pictures over recent years engage traditions of landscape, seascape, and architectural photography. Working with a large-format camera and historic process (wet-plate collodion), I have concentrated on locations that are close to or directly on the water. At this juncture between land and sea, I explore subject matter in a constant state of transition.

For the last year I have been drawn to the people present at these locations, specifically the surfers in Montauk’s Ditch Plains, at the eastern end of Long Island. Their avocation is on the water; they are persistent elements in a shifting scene. We overlap on the periphery of two powerful elements; the land and the sea.

The singular, primitive act of surfing on the water is eclipsed by the social and negotiated state of human interaction on the shore. The surfers act as a bridge between the sea as an unbridled force of nature and the shore line, a place of leisure and cultural phenomena.”

And it’s not just people under Joni’s steady gaze, she’s also shot some incredible landscapes too.

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