Thomas Campbell’s surfing photography has noticable lack of gloss and polish. Unlike most surf photographers, he eschews the familiar fish-eye shots or tightly cropped land angles and instead focusing on mood and vibe.
An artist, photographer and filmmaker, Thomas Campbell was raised on the aesthetic of the early 1980s skateboarding culture. In the mid-1990s, he moved to New York and immersed himself in the scene around Alleged Gallery, where he quickly befriended and exhibited among the generation of artists who would star in the landmark 2004 exhibition “Beautiful Losers”. His first feature-length film, “The Seedling”, came out in 1999, followed by “Sprout” in 2004 and “The Present” in 2009.
The first of ten projected volumes in UM YEAH PRESS’ surf photobook series, “Slide Your Brains Out” is a collection of his work from the past 15 years. Often lo-fi and gritty, other times lush and saturated, Campbell’s compositions, which include portraits and action shots of some of the best surfers in the world are always evocative and ethereal, appealing to both surfers and land lovers alike.
More surf book reviews:
THE PLIGHT OF THE TORPEDO PEOPLE by Keith Malloy & LIFE’S A BEACH by Martin Parr