Local Lens

Local Lens features the talent and dedication of surf photographers.

Local Lens: Jason Obenauer

“Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.” Biography Name: Jason Obenauer Age: 47 Occupation: Photographer Hometown: New Smyrna Beach, Florida Current town: New Smyrna Beach, Florida Interview Do you surf? Yes Favorite thing about shooting? Getting the same stoke as being out there on the wave How did you learn to shoot surf photography? After a neck…

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Local Lens: Ashley Hernández

“Every path is the right path. Everything could’ve been anything else. And it would have just as much meaning.” Biography Name: Ashley Hernández Age: 23 Occupation: Freelance photographer & videographer Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela Current town: Aventura, Florida Interview Do you surf? Doing my best effort with Longboard, is so much fun! I gotta ask my friend Matthew what he thinks…

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Local Lens: Marcelo Booshehri

Skip the Surfline check before you paddle out every now again! You’ll be glad you went anyway. Biography Name: Marcelo Booshehri Age: 21 Occupation: College Student | Dental Assistant Hometown: San Diego, California Current town: San Diego, California Interview Do you surf? Yessir! Favorite thing about shooting? If I had to narrow it down to one thing, it would have…

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Local Lens: Oscar Socarras

Practice makes perfect. Biography Name: Oscar Socarras Age: 36 Occupation: Air Traffic Communications Specialist Hometown: Miami, FL Current town: Miami, FL Interview Do you surf? If mind surfing counts – yes. Favorite thing about shooting? Everything from the forecast, planning a trip, the ride with friends, and the experiences obtained from exploring someplace new. How did you learn to shoot…

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Local Lens: Sam Farkas

Practice makes perfect. Biography Name: Sam Farkas Age: 28 Occupation: Fine Art and Freelance Photographer and Professional Car/Boat Detailer Hometown: Jupiter, FL Current town: Jupiter, FL Interview Do you surf? For 20+ years now. Favorite thing about shooting? It makes me be present in the moment, and the never ending struggle to create the next best image is alluring. Least…

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Local Lens: Dave Nilsen

You can always make back money but you can’t buy back time. Biography Name: Dave Nilsen Age:  26 Occupation: Inspector Hometown: Seaside Park, NJ Current town:  Seaside Park, NJ Interview Do you surf? Yes. Favorite thing about shooting? Having something to go back and look at for each memorable swell. How did you learn how to shoot surf photography? I…

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Local Lens: Renee Thomas

Love what is simple and beautiful. These are the essentials – Ralph Waldo Emerson Biography Name: Renee Thomas Age:  43 Occupation: Massage Therapist at The Standard Miami Artist Hometown: Westport, CT Current town:  South Beach, Miami, FL Interview Do you surf? Learning. Favorite thing about shooting? Everything!! Each day is so different. Adjusting to the light, weather, waves and surfers.…

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Local Lens: Jesse Wicker

Have a lot of patience and a good attitude. Biography Name: Jesse Wicker Age:  39 Occupation: Marine Biologist Hometown: Miami, FL Current town:  Miami, FL Interview Do you surf? Yes. Favorite thing about shooting? Going to new places and the journey along the way Least favorite thing about shooting? Editing photo’s Shooting set-up? Canon bodies from the eos 1V to…

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Local Lens: Deborah Clark

Photograph hard, die free. Biography Name: Deborah Clark Age:  N/A Occupation: Professional student and teacher of theatre, English, creative writing, in high school and university—now permanently en vacances. Hometown: Hollywood, Florida Current town:  Hollywood, Florida Interview Do you surf? Trying. Favorite thing about shooting? Honoring the magic our local surf community creates. Least favorite thing about shooting? Paucity of good…

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Local Lens: John Landers

Be kind, but be fierce. – Winston Churchill Biography Name: John Landers Age:  Fiftysomething. Occupation: Recovering fashion photographer. Hometown: Hollywood, Florida. Current town:  Hollywood, Florida. Interview Do you surf? I’m learning! Favorite thing about shooting? I love the positive energy. I also love working together with my wife (photographer Deborah Clark), being at the beach, and meeting awesome people. It’s…

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