Student of life uses camera as a passport...
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 September, 2016 - In the late 1990s a photographer friend lent Tarek Halabi Alonso an old camera. On the weekends he'd lug it to the beach to take photos of his friends surfing. These early forays to the life aquatic led him to a degree in Nautical Science and a year aboard a sailboat.
During this time photography grew into a true passion and Tarek taught himself all about cameras, software and housings. Today Tarek keeps up-to-date on all things photography by attending conferences, talks and courses while still hitting his local break in the Asturias.
Where are you from and what do you shoot with?
I was born in a green and awesome region of the world between the mountains and the sea called Asturias in the north of Spain. I use Canon gear and Aquatech water housings. Nowadays I’m starting to use drones too.
How did surf photography start for you?
It all began in the late 1990s, when a photographer who lived in my neighbourhood lent me an old camera on the weekends which I would then use to take pictures of my friends surfing.
Tell us something most people don’t know about surf photography
As with all photography you must be close to the subject both physically (as a photographer) and mentally (in your mind as a surfer.)
Share with us your heaviest experience in the surf or while travelling
I think that my heaviest experience in the surf is the “life.” I have the same friends since from when I started surfing in the ‘90s. Their lives (and mine) have changed so much since then with obligations to work, family, children, etc. but we still share that common anchor: Surfing. One of my friends told me: “this is just what we do.”
Of course there are many adventures on the road, and thanks to surfing and surf photography, I have met so many different people and gone to amazing places. These are places that without my camera and surfing that I would never have known. But all of them I now know because of The Journey that started with my first surfboard.
Name one photographic image you saw that changed the way you approach photography.
It was not a picture. It was a film called "war photographer" about James Nachwey. I learned how strong a picture can be.
What has been your proudest moment as a photographer?
It was three months ago. I got to collect 2.810,70€ for UNHCR with the exhibition “The Lost Syria” and all the money was used to support the emergency Syria project.
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