Billy Delfs

Surfer series 2010-2016
Location: 10027
Nationality: american
Biography: Portrait and documentary photographer Billy Delfs’ aim is building stories with pictures of people that are meaningful while working with a good team.  He maintains that with a good set of pictures people form questions, find hope,... read on
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Surfer series 2010-2016
Credits: billy delfs
Date of Work: 07/01/10 - 07/01/19
Updated: 09/15/19
part of a series about surf in cleveland ohio and california. I went in in 2007 and have continued to photograph surfers finding that whether on the west coast or in cleveland the fundamentals of the comradery are very much the same resulting in using the landscape and the people to tell a story in a series. I started in cleveland and this is the statement that I returned to throughout the series:

The way they embrace what Cleveland has to offer, is fascinating. The near freezing lake as a playground while most of us hibernate for months. Their passion and commitment despite harsh weather is inspiring. These photographs are intended to capture this honorable local surf community bonding with each other and nature. These images lead me to appreciate the city more. When a storm is brewing, it's freezing cold out, and I am inside; they are waking up, getting into the water, and surfing the shores of Lake Erie. Utilizing what we have here despite the adverse conditions.

Surf Juxtaposed started in Cleveland on Lake Erie. During the winter months I kept seeing people out on the water and began photographing them in 2002. I returned in 2009 and began to spend more time with them. I was able to get to know them, stood out there with them as they surfed. We went to San Diego and so became the juxtaposition. West Coast(CA) / North Coast(OH).

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By Billy Delfs — Chef Seires since 2009-


By Billy Delfs — A selection of my Portrait work
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