From the shores of Huntington Beach following the sea to the islands of Hawaii, surf-photographer Shane Grace has called the North Shore of Oahu home for some time. Prioritizing fun mixed with a crew of talented friends, Shane's work has landed him jobs with reputable surf brands as well as been one of the finalist in Larry "Flame" Moore's Follow the Light photo competition.
Sublte, interesting, non-intrusive, and humble is one way to describe Shane's creative ability behind a camera yet his work speaks loudly on screen and in print. Dabbling between shooting film and digital, for Shane, its a delicate yet necessary balance in his work.
Who are you and where are you from?
Left-handed, born in Huntington Beach, living on Oʻahu since 2012. Shane Grace.
How did you get into shooting and who are your inspirations?
Being in the water a lot as a kid. Pulling into little barrels, witnessing the many fleeting faces of the ocean and wishing I could remember those moments forever. A camera was eventually the answer.
Started out borrowing my brother’s waterproof point and shoot for a while before getting a job at Dairy Queen in high school and saving up for my own camera and housing.
Growing up, we had a photograph on the wall by Don King that always fascinated me. Also, Platon’s portraits, Atiba Jefferson’s skate photos and Galen Rowell’s climbing photos among many others. My family and friends are also a constant source of inspiration.
What gear are you currently using?
My gear is mainly Nikon. The D850 and FM are the go-to’s. I also enjoy swapping gear with friends and trying other types of cameras.
Film is fun and challenging. It forces you to be intentional and do everything in-camera, which can be refreshing after fast-paced jobs with instantaneous turnarounds.
Tri-X and Tmax 3200 are my favorite black and white stocks. For color: Velvia (if it’s worth it), Lomo 800 or Kodak gold for casual everyday stuff.
How would you describe your style of shooting?
Style can be a hard thing to put words on… don’t know that I have a good description… I just try to be there in the moment and click the shutter when it seems right.
What and who are your favorite subjects?
Any of the talented people I’m lucky to call friends, the ocean, my family and anything outside really. I’m also grateful to constantly meet many unique people through jobs and assignments.
Why do you take photos?
For fun, for work, to remember, to appreciate.
What do you hope to accomplish in photography?
To continue to use the camera as a vehicle to live a life outside, see new places, connect with people and wherever that takes me is fine by me.
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