A First: Female Surf Photographer Joins The Canvas Wave, Sarah Lee

by Jared Prince January 14, 2013

From Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i, Sarah Lee is "incessantly glued to camera viewfinders, dafins, and the sea."  Sarah was a student at Chapman University in Orange County where she studied film and advertising.  Her passion for photography, particularly underwater and surf photography was shaped by a childhood where she was constantly playing in the ocean, surrounded by salt water, sea life and sand.

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 "Currently I am entranced by the ocean and water people, and hope to continue capturing/documenting their lives and oceanic activities."


Sarah was a long-distance swimmer and surfer and her strength as an athlete in the ocean and tide allow her to dance on the surface and beneath the waves with her underwater camera, as she captures the beautiful rhythm of the sea and the grace of swimmers and surfers.  "My aim in making photos is to capture and accentuate the beauty in what surrounds me. Photography to me is a mode of visual problem solving and a way to perpetuate the stoke, whether it be above the surface or below."  Sarah was a finalist in the 2012 Follow the Light surf photography competition.

We interviewed Sarah recently and here is what she had to share:

Canvas Wave (CW)- Is there a famous photographer, male or female, living or deceased who inspired you to become a photographer?

Sarah Lee (SL)- I got into photography because I wanted to make my own images when I was dabbling with graphic design in high school.  My work is shaped and inspired by the people and places I am surrounded by.  Whether it’s the photo subject, a certain location, or just the people I’m with at the moment, my creativity and inspiration is shaped through the synergy we share and the experiences we share.

CW - While at Chapman, what class would you say was the best to help you take your craft to another level?

SL - I majored in Film Production at Chapman and have yet to finish.  Photography was something I could synthesize along with what I was learning in cinematography classes and on film sets, but there were no classes or even teachers in particular that I could attribute to helping take my photography to another level.   It was a pursuit of my own and if anything, it was the lack of going to class and jumping out in the ocean when the waves were happening that helped take my craft to the next level.

CW - In order to be strong and prepared, what do you do to prep for a session in the ocean (a fitness regimen, stretching, special breakfast)?  

SL - I'm all about eating as much healthy, fresh food as possible (which is made especially easy on the islands living on a coffee farm!), and jumping out in the ocean for a surf or swim every day.  I go crazy if I'm not in the water at least once a day.

CW - What kind of equipment do you use?

SL -You can check out my latest gear list here

CW - Where would you like to shoot next?

SL - I would love to make it over to the Cook Islands ... or back in OZ, I really love it there.

CW - What is your favorite shot ever and why?

SL - A lot of people are stoked on this one . I was out all day with a few friends, searching for waves along the coast of the Big Island that was decent enough for some topside photos.  We started all the way north before the sun rose, out of luck, and ended up back where we started - a typical day of searching, which I'm sure a lot of people can relate to.  What people don't know about this one is that the wave was only about 1ft.

 




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