An inspirational and mesmeric look behind the scenes of one of the Internet's most amazing mass-media movements: the huge wave surfing video.




The video features the surf photographer Mickey Smith, who put the video together with director of photography Allan Wilson from the Astray Collective. It shows a side to surfing that few will ever see - the life of the surfing photographer. What drives him to spend countless hours in cold and hostile waters in search of a single shot? It's certainly not money... it's is something more, and while parts of the video are perhaps a little cheesy, the message is a strong one...

"I wanted to create that something that would give insight into what it takes to grind out a living as a water-based photographer in the surfing industry," Smith explains, "to provide a short, experimental glimpse into life lived in the shadow of what is, for me, an obsessive pursuit."

But it is his message, about doing something he is passionate about, that stands out... along with the amazing images he creates. Definitely worthy of the title of "video of the week".

If you enjoyed this video on surf photography, try watching (filmed from the safety of a cliff): Biggest wave ever surfed? Watch video from Nazaré Portugal.