Photographer Andrew Groves takes us on a photographic adventure in his recently released book Surf Odyssey. Published by Gestalten, the image-rich book chronicles the creative and outdoor adventure aspects of contemporary surf culture.
Surf Odyssey is a book about the world of surfing today and those that live in it. This community is made up of the surfers themselves as well as surf photographers and board builders who are also spreading its distinctive spirit into other creative fields. Comparable to the new outdoor movement, today’s surfing is about an attitude toward life, a lust for adventure, and a love of nature that one can only find far away from established spots. Surf Odyssey presents this scene’s places like South Korea and Norway, people, stories, and brands like Deus Ex Machina. Its stunning photography is sure to inspire many further surfing exploits.
The book includes images captured by Groves — who doubles as an avid surfer — while traveling through various locations in search of rideable destinations. Concerned with the ecology of surfing, Groves strays away from the routine qualities of traditional surf photography in exchange for images more centered on the lifestyle of the subculture and the individuals involved.
Groves co-edits with Gestalten, a sincere depiction of the thrill-seekers and modern cult of surfers influenced by the power of the ocean and joy of wave riding.
Get a feel for Surf Odyssey below and find the release purchasable here.