A really cool short film by renowned photographer and bodyboarder Mickey Smith. Titled The Dark Side of the Lens, this is a documentation of what it takes to grind out a living as a water-based photographer in the surfing industry. “A short experimental glimpse at a life lived in the shadow of obsessive photographic pursuits.”
Smith also got together with Allan Wilson from the Astray Collective, who acted as Director of Photography on the projects. They spent hours filming footage across the Atlantic coastline, using a Super 16mm Film as well as a Canon 5D mk11.
I can’t really put into words how good this video is, I’ve never seen such experimental filming in the water. Usually you just see the results, this time we get to see what goes behind it all. Very interesting, watch below.