With this shot I wanted to show how the surfer feels when he gets washed out the ice cold North Sea after a couple of hours of surf-ing. I wanted a shot with a bit of movement in it, so I had to pick a moment where I can shoot with slow shutter speeds.
In winter when the surf is good in Holland the weather is mostly bad. So when the time was right I went to the beach with my Ma-miya RB67 and a 65 mm lens and my flash light, and I waited for some surfers showing up from their session.
I had a small timeframe because the sun sets quickly in winter. But the surfer in this shot showed up pretty fast, I took the shot and I knew that it was first time right, so I packed my bag and went home to develop my film. I was quite content with the image after I had made a scan, but there was something missing. So I made a print in the darkroom and exposed the print a little during development by turning on the lights for a split second, a technique called solarisation. Afterwards I folded the image – don’t know why but it felt good – scanned the image and there it is.