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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
Producers: Helen Hayden, Revie Verran
Raw solar-storm footage is the punk-rock antidote to sleek James Webb imagery
Dazzling timelapse shows how microbes spoil our food – and sometimes enrich it
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Inside the unique London community built by residents to defy housing discrimination
Film and visual culture
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Gender and identity
The joys and complications of raising a baby without gender in a binary world
Sports and games
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