A maverick and artist with an incredible eye, Aaron Chang has
Tips for shooting surfers in the water: Mobility is key.
set new standards in modern ocean photography and landed
38 covers for Surfing Magazine. He has collectors all over the
world, and his work has been published in hundreds of books
and magazines. In 2009, Chang shifted to fine art photography;
he now has two galleries in San Diego, where he resides with his
business partner wife and two sons.
Great photogenic vantage point in San Diego:
Shoot the San Diego skyline from Point Loma. The best time
is at sunset and just after. Bring a sturdy tripod and shoot
until dark. The best shots are usually the last ones. I also
created a walking photo tour for San Diego that you can
check out at my website.
A great pair of swim fins is a must. My personal favorite is Voit
Duck Feet, forever the top choice of San Diego lifeguards
and the perfect blend of thrust and flexibility.
Craziest thing you’ve done to get a shot: We unloaded a
Three words to describe your work:
Jet Ski off a boat at Cortes Bank in 60-to-80-foot open-ocean
swells using a deck crane that was much too small. One of us
could easily have been killed, since the boat rocked back and
forth violently in the huge swells and the thousand-pound Jet
Ski swung out of control. I’m still amazed we pulled that stunt
off. But we got some great shots of big-wave surfers Brad
Gerlach and Mike Parsons.
Fluid, inspirational and hopeful.
Favorite surf breaks: The North County reefs.
Don’t miss in San Diego: The Museum of Photographic
Arts in Balboa Park. It’s one of the top photo museums in the
country. Always a great experience.
Next big project: I was recently commissioned by Sharp to
photograph the South Bay for a new hospital in Chula Vista.
I am super excited about this project.
Where people can see your photographs: In two
galleries—one at The Headquarters in Seaport Village,
the other on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach’s Design
District—or online at aaronchang.com.
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