El Matador beach just outside of Malibu is one of my favorite escapes. It’s a pretty popular spot and can be filled with throngs of people but I can still always find a desolate little hide away. Last night a crew was shooting a music video just twenty feet away and still I felt alone in my own world.
That being said, I wasn’t really feeling all that calm. The tide was coming in so I was vigilant watching the oncoming sets for a large wave. I had wedged myself into a tiny hole to get this angle, I was knee deep in water and had some particularly disturbing feeling kelp (at least I kept telling myself it was kelp) wrapped around my right ankle. Creeped out as I was, I loved every second of it. One of the things I enjoy most about photography is seeing a vision in my head of a feeling I want to convey and being able to translate that feeling into imagery. I hope this image brings you a powerful sense of peace.