This 6 minute short film called Dark Side of the Lens totally floored me. It showcases the art of Irish surf photographer Mickey Smith, literally taking you into his awe-inspiring, cold and turbulent world. Smith sets out to “see wave riding documented the way I see it in my head, and the way I feel it in the sea”, and you will be engulfed with what he captured. This is a video you want to click full screen for.
And if you had some trouble understanding all of his words, here’s the fitting close of Mickey’s voice-over.
If I only scrape a living, at least it’s a living worth scraping. If there’s no future in it, this is a present worth remembering. For fires of happiness and waves of gratitude. For everything that brought us to that point on earth at that moment in time, to do something worth remembering, with a photograph, or a scar. I feel genuinely lucky to hand on heart say I love doing what I do. And though I may never be a rich man, or live long enough, then sadly I have a tale or two for the nephews. And I dig the thought of that.