Acclaimed wave and ocean photographer Clark Little freezes nature’s power with his unique images
In 1970, when Clarke Little was two years old, his family moved to Oahu, Hawaii – an event that was to have a striking effect on his adult life.
In the ’80s and ’90s, he was a familiar face on the surf scene at Waimea Bay’s famous shorebreak. Then, in 2007, his wife wanted an ocean image to decorate their home. Armed with the confidence and knowledge of the sea gained from years of surfing, Clark bought himself a waterproof camera and started snapping. He soon discovered an amazing talent for photographing shorebreaks – among them dramatic waves that crash directly on to the beach – and capturing the raw beauty and power of Hawaii’s waves.
It didn’t take long for him to achieve global recognition for his work, which portrays the unique (and often dangerous) perspective of waves from the inside out. His first book, The Shorebreak Art of Clark Little, was published in 2009. Multiple photography awards later, this February he released his second book, Shorebreak, featuring waves from around the world. (Many of the images in this gallery are taken from this book.)
To view more of Clark’s work or to purchase a copy of one of his books, visit www.clarklittlephotography.com.
(This article was first published in the spring 2014 issue of AA traveller magazine)