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  • globalism
    2 Comments In marketing one of the principal rules is to identify the product in the eyes of the market I am often introduced as a surf photographer It is not that I eschew the title which truly makes me die inside at the proffering of that description Someone inevitably must endeavor to communicate what indeed it Continue Reading Posted in Blog Small Town Big World Posted on April 28 2010 by David Pu u 11 Comments I get a global look at things through my photography business which has web strands anchored to many countries I see something first hand that many do not have the personal luxury of acquiring a broad economic and cultural perspective This country is in the single greatest period of change and challenge since the Great Continue Reading Posted in Blog Earth Angel Posted on March 5 2010 by David Pu u 8 Comments angel ˈānjəl noun 1 a spiritual being believed to act as an attendant agent or messenger of God So let the Earth give testimony I was raised in Santa Barbara Most of my earliest and therefore strongest influences were based on my native Hawaiian Culture s perception of man s place in the world and the catch Continue Reading Posted in Blog Bali Journal 7 Gianyar Posted on September 2 2009 by David Pu u 5 Comments Today saw a visit to a Balinese market place where once again we appeared to be the only foreigners Monday night we are hosting a party at our Villa so we went out shopping for the odds and ends that we would need Gusti s wife has generously offered to prepare food for 20 and bring Continue Reading Posted in Blog Bali Journal 6 Gusti Gathering Posted on August 30 2009 by David

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  • Pick a Lane
    of digital assets to be used in the re election campaign of Salud Carbajal Santa Barbara County Supervisor I also shot some work for Doreen Farr and her Supervisorial campaign as well Speaking with them both confirmed research done when I had vetted the job by doing some online checking and making a couple phone calls prior to taking the gig which was with my friend and colleague Rob Dafoe who I am a creative partner with I found Doreen and Salud to be passionate respectful educated people who possessed a compassion for their community Tough gig the narrow lane of local political office The job description itself demands that you stay between the lines of Govt authority yet still have daily contact with your constituency This creates a choice You embrace the relationship or build a wall a lane so to speak and stay there Each position has benefit as well as risk It really is a service position that of local Govt Office It was great to meet two servants and in turn serve them with my ability as an image maker I chose my lane in life a long time ago when I decided what I would serve The reality is that everyone must serve something Service begins in the heart One does well to attend to the heart first Out of it will come the issues of your life As we begin a look at this I recall my early education in Photography Conventional wisdom stated that you select a subject and become that A Nature Photographer Photojournalist Wedding Photographer Surf Photographer whatever and you parked between the lines and were that which brought in your income Understandable that Philosophy But knowing where it led I never followed the tiny golden thread into any of those boxes To do so always seemed flat out stupid to me Think rabbit in a box trap That is because I came to serve Go in to a box and this limits both who you serve and the ability of your own soul to thrive and grow As I erased the lines which defined my own existence constantly eschewing becoming niched and parked I learned something pretty special Limits are all about fear Placing them staying within them acknowledging other s rules for our own existence may make for a somewhat stable cultural environment for the moment but I have rarely seen them bring anyone any real happiness or sense of satisfaction Say you were to lose all today Where would you be Look down You are standing there In your own space Erase the lines Thrive Don t do it to others don t allow that restriction to be placed upon you Here is a link to a blogpost from Seth Godin which contains his new online version of Stop Stealing Dreams a piece on modern education that everyone who wants a wide lane through life should read In the course of an Eight day period which I am

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  • Coastal Classics Are No Accidents
    be around each other I said sure yea in a very nonchalant fashion I was so casual about it and somewhat clueless that Glenn knew to take me aside and explained Dave this is sort of a Big Deal People look and wait for years for this Look at who we have in our lineup I did Gulp Wow and you guys want ME I laughed But inside it was game on I had a close look at the company and artists A chat with my colleague and friend Robb Havassy confirmed it all Better pay attention I would be engaging and creating imagery with some of the cream of popular culture s Art crop Great artists are funny I have found that frequently they are so understated that human nature causes them to be overlooked Havassy is like that So much so that I almost did not get my work to him in time for his remarkable book Surf Story Glenn is like that So is Thom Hill So are ALL of the Coastal Classics people It seems that somehow I was being drawn right back into the vortex from which my photography had arisen decades ago that of drawing painting and the traditional craft of the working Artist So when Thom casually asked if I would be interested in doing a little catalog work for them I agreed with a simple Yeah that would be nice and began doing my homework In a down economy Coastal Classics is growing As a company grows it has certain requirements to embrace it s historic modus those things that created forward momentum in the first place yet morph into what it needs to become in order to compete in the marketplace This week in a commercial space that is to be the Coastal Classics art production location in Ventura California I loaded in my production equipment assembled a group of my own creatives under the direction of Thom and Glenn and Sarah Lubeck the Coastal Classics artist director and went at it The shoot was originally scheduled to be for two days with an additional day safety if needed We completed principal photography in twelve hours I did 16 different set ups We shot in three locations and produced both catalog and branding imagery that featured many of the artist s work I had admired for so long Primarily using continuous lighting and Canon s 5D Mark 2 system I was able to created a rich tableau of work in 1854 shutter actuations We drove nowhere This was shot in my home town We walked from our studio I jogged to the beach and Thom Donna Glenn and I simply just had a nice little casual golden hour evening down on the pier and at Surfer s Point much as all of us do on any given day here in Ventura There is no place like home and the charm and allure of a small town Ventura has been wonderful that

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  • Model Models
    and his wife Winnie a career flight attendant weathered the waters of Nor Cal the alpha male environment of Santa Cruz and tutelage of their Dad Think gnarly Better than you better than me to become waterwomen Rym As they engage college they have had a high bar for life and ethics set for them by the family which has a history of not only strong nurture but strict ethical and moral compass headings Rym s stories of outback charity work which began in the poor parts of Hawaii and has taken him all over the world he is a Dentist by trade set a certain level of expectation for the young ladies Rym riding Rym s Reef 65 years old Then there is Donna and the incredibly competitive group of women who are the core of Betty B s brand identity Not an easy act to join as each person is an entity unto themselves They are sort of the anti team But then again surfing is an anti sport a renegade self oriented lifestyle I find it interesting as I look back on the thousands of images that the girls and I have produced that I never saw two lanky blond beauties I only saw sentient kind people who happened to be great athletes and a certain potential Shadow of their parents Betty B Hobie Sports K 38 Rescue Oneill Intl Ocean Minded and countless editors have supported and published this work It gets pretty entertaining when certain fashion magazines come up with great ideas then use the girls in them right down to my art direction items like the Red Ford Bronco we used in one of our Hobie shoots Hey I have a great idea There is a reason for me hanging with who I do I have a low tolerance for insincerity and a penchant for authenticity Real is valuable and life is far better than fiction ever could be This edit illustrates a best case example of why I tend to to keep my subjects with me over time The work becomes vital We learn We have fun And authenticity Well they are the real deal This is all them I just pose suggestions which my career and vision allow for If someone will not push the edge of their comfort zone continually they will really learn to hate me in short order But if they do have that desire what an adventure occurs Model models for me as they are the anti models they are real Another one of Donna s talented women is singer songwriter Zuri Star She has this to say You Don t Know Me Sex appeal is 50 what you ve got and 50 what people think you ve got Sophia Loren The following gallery is a cross section of some of our work together Click on any of the images for a larger view Shawn and Sierra Sierra Winnie Hailey Rym riding Rym s Reef 65 years old

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  • Hailey Partridge
    Everyone must learn to deal with issues involving trust In our craft or art because a certain aspect of photography is subjective and it s validity may be cheered or denigrated by a viewer depending on where that viewer hails from morally spiritually or sociologically it is des rigeur to put ourselves out on an emotional Continue Reading Posted in Blog The Artist as Asset Posted on September 23 2009 by David Pu u 5 Comments Well I am home again Sort of Bali Santa Cruz San Francisco Central Coast California for a half day It has been a long last month or so of being on the road building assets which basically means creating content in stills and motion picture to be used in roughly a dozen ongoing projects The Continue Reading Posted in Blog Bali Journal 5 Sacrosanct Posted on August 29 2009 by David Pu u 3 Comments Just because something is sacred does not mean that it is exempt from entropy and the physical laws of change In fact being sacred may mean that every force in this world is immediately set in motion with the express purpose of subverting that consecrated thing It is the world s way Sacred refers to being Continue Reading Posted in Blog Bali Journal 3 A Day Apart Posted on August 18 2009 by David Pu u 7 Comments Sometimes will drop into your life announced But in our case we had plenty of advance warning A couple years back Donna and I had met David Booth and learned of the work he had accomplished through his organization East Bali Poverty Project This morning as we rolled down the gravel drive of Villa Gayatri Continue Reading Posted in Blog A Bali Journal 2 Posted on August 16 2009 by David

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  • The Springs Fire
    the combination of it s remoteness and view being something every surfer would aspire to in some ways The fire would cross over it most likely In short order we both headed home Hans headed up valley past the conflagration and I returned to West Ventura and my own home on a coastal valley foothill This photo is a satellite image from NASA In it you can see the geography topography of the venturi which regularly funnels hot desert winds down to our coast when a High Pressure locates in the four corners region of the Western US This is the blow dryer zone Amazingly they had a great image taken of our fire and it was online and available We do indeed live in a remarkable time Later that day I rang Hans from my office No answer My gear was still in the car and I had been monitoring the blaze and the weather The wind was still blowing the fire inexorably moved towards the coastal canyon vents I figured I had better go be where I need to be But as I woke early this day and took that first clear deep breath I realized an explanation was in order for what I am about to describe This is why People tend to follow what others do when what was done brings any critical acclaim success That can be hazardous to public safety So I want to predicate the images with a bit of information about myself I am a professional in many respects More than being a guy with a camera I have worked and shot in a wide variety of exceedingly high risk scenarios all over the world for a variety of editorial and commercial concerns which run the gamut of uses from News through Art In process of acquiring both my equipment and multiple skill sets came the acquisition of a detailed understanding of weather and natural disasters In addition I am a highly trained first responder through my affiliation with K38 Rescue where we are regularly exposed to and tutored in risk assessment and management In what I do both in the water or out very little is left to chance You learn early on to watch your exits and to not ever encourage people to do what you do lest by your example you put them in harm s way The short of it is that I know in every circumstance the risk must be worth a certain potential benefit in order for me to pursue a shot So with that in mind the short description and imagery which follow illustrate what I saw that evening First responders have a job to do in Natural disasters If you have not been trained in Ops as one I strongly suggest that you stay away The situation may likely not benefit by your presence Something to consider I always engage this thought process This is what I saw as I headed back in Hwy

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  • Surf Session
    Mary Osborne nature ocean ocean art Partridge twins Santa Barbara Seth Godin Shawn Alladio Sierra Partridge social change Social consciousness social sustainability surf culture surfer Surfer magazine surfing surf photography Sustainability travel ventura Wave Photography waves Zuri Star Surf Session Posted on January 19 2011 by David Pu u 0 Comments It is actually sort of rare for me to shoot surfing centric images Often what is required to make a great image is even more complex than what is necessary to make a great break fire on all cylinders So having everything line up talent weather swell tide attitude schedule is pretty rare But when it happens The quantity and bar of the work produced is mind blowing This week has been session after session This was yesterday Perfect day for what I do when I finally focus on surf Hans Rathje is the surfer One of those guys who does everything well Snowboard BMX Skate Swim a Lifeguard and is 100 percent on point when it comes down to reading weather and swell At 6 3 you would never imagine how fast he is Unusual for a big guy that quickness This morning he was off We both

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  • Fall
    in spite of a more balmy and temperate nature we have certain aspects that Californians come to expect each Fall As the artist Robb Havassy and I sat with long time waterman fisherman and surfboard industry icon Reynolds Yater recently I thought to ask Rennie about this Fall and whether he had ever seen anything like it His answer Never That said a lot to me Maverick s Big Winter Swell in Fall Weather is one of those things that most surfers are very in tune with Rennie is actually an historic template for how we all are having lived his life and been successful by virtue of his ability to read weather I am no exception What I learned as a surfer enables me to continually be in the right place and time to meet the collision of good weather conditions tides and swell which make for that rare thing for surfers The Perfect Day It is now a perpetual source of glee for me that I can carry a camera in my work and when special moments occur I am able to bring back more that just a great surf story I recount critical junctions of time where unique things occur at the hand of nature and when some one is right there in the midst being a part of the vista even better We need that in a culture that seems to have become quite removed from our place in Creation It is a reset button of sorts Bald Eagle Unlikely Place and Season We have seen massive shifts in weather this year no doubt due in large part to some cataclysmic Volcanic activity Meteorologists had taken note of a La Nina Weather pattern which is indicative of cooler Equatorial water temperatures and the fact that this

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