"When all the elements come together it becomes some really exclusive gold" Lauren Pujol
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 August, 2016 - French Photographer Laurent Pujol etched his name into the surfing world a couple of years ago with his revolutionary behind-the-surfer-in-the-tube shots. A lifetime surfer, Laurent applied his pit skills (and took plenty of beatings) to perfectly time those amazing images seen the world over.
The photos have become a huge game changer for the world of surf photography and a revolutionary new way for the world to collectively get barrelled.
Where are you from and what do you shoot with?
When shooting stills, using a Nikon D3 stuffed into a CMT waterhousing. Also shooting a lot of motion these days. With a Sony FS700 at the moment.
How did surf photography start for you?
Always loved photography. Was mostly taking pictures of my friends during surf trips back in the 90’s. Did this for years while travelling as a pro surfer. Started water photography when the surf dream came to an end to stay close to the action. I’ve now become really passionate about it and really enjoying myself with it.
Tell us something most people don’t know about surf photography
Water photography is very difficult in a way that your percentage of “keeper” photos is nowhere near what it is shooting from the beach with a tripod and lens. Especially with a shorter lens anywhere from 16mm to 35mm is really difficult to connect. But when all the elements come together it becomes some really exclusive gold! One shot will be worth 1000 shot from the beach or the channel.
Share with us your heaviest experience in the surf or while travelling.
Shooting photos from a ski at Nazaré was pretty heavy. Having to be enough inside to get the shot but not to much. If we got caught there is no way both of us (driver and myself) could get back out through the zone.
Also, shoulder(s) dislocating under water and having to swim in. I’ve had 2 surgery on my right shoulder and 1 on the left and doing much better now. Have to mention that i got my ass handed to me a few times swimming around Ireland these past couple of years.
Name one photographic image you saw that changed the way you approach photography.
Hard to name one photo that influenced me that much. Would have to be other photogs work. Definitely water stuff. Van Lennep and Aichner back in the day. Zak Noyle, Brent Bielmann’s and Russel Ord are taking over where they left off. Really enjoying cinematography these days. Alejandro Berger, Talon Clemow, Lachlan McKinnon and Kai Neville just to name a few.
What has been your proudest moment as a photographer?
Followcam ! It was like naming a new trick in surfing.
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