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Joni Sternbach

Surf Photographer

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Joni Sternbach

Montauk, New York & California

In Montauk, at the eastern end of Long Island is a community of surfers. Their avocation takes place right on the water; they are persistent elements in a shifting scene. My approach is simple: introductions are made, and each person steps into the water and poses. The sea acts as both a backdrop and a watery stage. As the tide recedes, the rocky surface underneath is revealed, looking more like the moon than the beach. Photographing people at Ditch Plains and other locations is a natural extension of my interests, exploring another dimension of landscape and its evolving state.

We know that people are formed by the light and air, by their inherited traits, and their actions. We can tell from appearance the work someone does or does not do; we can read in his face whether he is happy or troubled.

August Sander from 'Man of the Twentieth Century'

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