Clark Little: The Art of Waves

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Instagram sensation Clark Little shares his most remarkable photographs from inside the breaking wave, with a foreword by world surfing champion Kelly Slater.
 
“One of the world’s most amazing water photographers . . . Now we get to experience up-close these moments of bliss.”—Jack Johnson, musician and environmentalist

Surfer and photographer Clark Little creates deceptively peaceful pictures of waves by placing himself under the deadly lip as it is about to hit the sand. "Clark's view" is a rare and dangerous perspective of waves from the inside out. Thanks to his uncanny ability to get the perfect shot--and live to share it--Little has garnered a devout audience, been the subject of award-winning documentaries, and become one of the world's most recognizable wave photographers.
 
Clark Little: The Art of Waves compiles over 150 of his images, including crystalline breaking waves, the diverse marine life of Hawaii, and mind-blowing aerial photography. This collection features his most beloved pictures, as well as work that has never been published in book form, with Little's stories and insights throughout. Journalist Jamie Brisick contributes essays on how Clark gets the shot, how waves are created, swimming with sharks, and more.
 
With a foreword by eleven-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater and an afterword by the author on his photographic practice and technique, 
Clark Little: The Art of Waves offers a rare view of the wave for us to enjoy from the safety of land.

 

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"I have been in the ocean my whole life, and to witness her beauty through Clark's eyes and images always impacts me. His unique perspective and the intimacy he creates allow me to see waves in a new and different way." —Laird Hamilton, big-wave surfing pioneer and author of Force of Nature

"There are special moments in nature when the culmination of a wave's energy breaks free into fantastical forms. Clark's exceptional skill is meeting the apex of this energy and capturing it to share these final and most magnificent of manifestations." 
—Mike Stewart, 9-time bodyboarding world champion

"For years Clark would voluntarily put his life on the line riding his surfboard at the Waimea Bay shorebreak to experience brief moments of bliss. He was training to become one of the world's most amazing water photographers. Luckily for the rest of us, Clark survived all that for someone to put a camera in his hand. And now we get to experience up-close these moments of bliss." 
—Jack Johnson, award-winning musician

"Shorebreak photography is Clark Little, and Clark Little is shorebreak photography." 
—Kelly Slater, 11-time surfing world champion

"You should get a copy of his beautiful new book 
Clark Little: The Art of Waves... In Clark Little's spectacular shorebreak photography, he takes you directly inside a wave so you can witness firsthand its power and its beauty." —Dan Havlik, Digital Photo Pro Magazine

About the Author

Award-winning photographer Clark Little grew up on the North Shore of O‘ahu, where he made his name as a pioneer of surfing at the lethal Waimea Bay shorebreak. His images of waves have been shared around the world, from the walls of the Smithsonian to the pages of National Geographic. Clark and his work have been featured in Nikon television commercials along with appearances on CBS Evening News with Norah O’DonnellGood Morning AmericaToday, and the Discovery Channel. He lives on O‘ahu and can be found at the beach under a detonating wave most days of the week.
 
A lifelong connoisseur of waves and a former professional surfer, 
Jamie Brisick has authored books including Becoming Westerly: Surf Champion Peter Drouyn’s Transformation into Westerly WindinaWe Approach Our Martinis with Such High Expectations, and Have Board, Will Travel: The Definitive History of Surf, Skate, and Snow. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and his writings have appeared in The New YorkerThe Surfer’s Journal, and The New York Times. He lives in Los Angeles.