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Dark side of the lens

6 minutes

A glimpse into the dangerous and thrilling life of a big wave surf photographer

Filmed in Ireland, on some of the world’s most violent coastlines, Dark Side of the Lens profiles a surf photographer who takes to the waves looking for ‘little glimpses of magic’ to record for posterity. The job may sound glamourous, but it’s a dangerous one. To be a surf photographer, you have to fend off near-drownings amidst cliff-battering waves in frigid waters. The film uses these risky aspects of surf photography as a metaphor for the trade-offs that a life of creativity requires.

Director: Mickey Smith

Producer: Helen Hayden, Revie Verran

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