Once in awhile, a story teller is able to capture something of what it means to be a photographer. Between the Lines is a short film showcasing beautiful cinematography and scenery. It is artfully and masterfully crafted and is possibly the most inspirational 13 minutes you will watch this year.
I knew of Sasha Specker while growing up in South Africa. For years, he lead the South African charge in the international bodyboarding circuit. During that time, he started surf photography. In those days, the expense and limitation of equipment available meant that he created his own water housing. His results were so impressive that when I wanted to take my camera into the sea, he was the go to man to source the necessary equipment.
This short film touches on some of Specker's story, but it also captures some of what motivates all of us to take part in this incredible art form. Although this film uses surf photography as the narrative, the feeling is similar for all genres of photography.
This film introduced me to Jason Hearn. A quick browse through his website is enough to see that he is an incredible talent. In this particular film, I think Hearn gets the perfect balance between narrative and "eye candy". Too often as photographers, we get caught up in just the visuals, forgetting to weave a story through the scenes. I, for one, will be referring back to this film many times when working on my own stories.