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Capturing waves: Aaron Chang and Wade Koniakowsky

July 16 2010 | Art, Jim's Blog,
by Jim

You probably know by now that I'm partial to the visual arts. And that I'm also keen on surfing. When these connect, it's even better. But when those two connect with Surfrider Foundation I'm beyond stoked. Aaron Chang and Wade Koniakowsky are artists with a waterman's perspective. Over the years they have donated their fair share of work to benefit our oceans, waves and beaches. Now they are together in a new gallery in Solana Beach called Ocean Art Gallery. Aaron has been defining the high-mark of sports photography for decades. To many he's the definition of blue-chip photogs but to me he's more... he's a master. Aaron's commitment to lighting, composition and ephemeral nuance goes well past most artists I've known. Just look at this image below. Something tells me that if the surfer's board was orange Aaron might not have put himself in the position he did to capture the moment. He doesn't take surf photos, Aaron paints moments in time with a camera. More of his work here. Wade Koniakowsky's focus is capturing Polynesian dreamscapes and the related emotional tie we have with far away lands. While his work doesn't reflect a strict Paul Gauguin school of Polynesia, his vibe intersects with those same emotions--unspoiled nirvana-esque landscapes, islander portraits, and ephemeral visions that make you want to sell it all and travel. More of Wade's work is here. I'm honored to call both Aaron and Wade friends and I'm stoked that they have combined forces at this new gallery. Their gallery just opened last week and, conveniently, is located smack dab across the street from the Sunday Farmers' market. Go. More.
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