Dispatches From A Plastic Planet is first and foremost an adventure through six countries, from the comparative warmth of South West France to the frigid cold of Arctic Norway. The images inside represent the six countries as good as they get surf wise, and the tales of how we found, scored and surfed the waves are both inspirational and in parts hilarious. It is the natural followup to my first book Numb, a feral cold water adventure like no other.
The characters I have met along the way are also an inspiration and a constant source of amusement, whether it be pro surfers, local chargers or environmentalists. Our character and the way I travel is also prevalent, and between that, the waves and the people I’ve met hopefully will inspire others to explore our planet.
Of course along the way I have looked at the environmental issues facing our oceans, and whilst the book is foremost about surf adventure, it is important that the state of our sea is covered, and so every chapter has a little piece about that, and some of the people doing something to help it. (as well as every sale helping TPP and 2 Minute Beachclean)
It may be an obvious follow up to my first book Numb, but it is so much more, and some of the sessions are as good as some of the waves gets, especially from England. You can watch the film below for a little insight to both me and the book, as a photographer the printed book is so much more important than a film, it lasts longer, and allows you to switch off from a digital world for a while.
The Details –
The book is available as a hard backed 196 page coffee table style book, full colour throughout, with extended stories and detailed captions. The hard copy costs £45 and that includes shipping globally. Like all books the profit margin is small, but all of it (about a fiver) goes to TPP and 2 Minute Beach Clean.
The E-Book costs £5, and all of that goes to TPP and 2 Minute Beachclean, this is available as a PDF and for iPads.
There are six chapters, each about the same length –
The Lofoten Islands are probably one of the most photogenic places on the planet. We travelled here at the end of the winter and was our first trip in 2015 with Aussie Micah Lester. He had some incredible point breaks to himself, a left we surfed in the coldest conditions I have ever been in, and right that Micah compared to Burleigh. We explored other beaches, found the incredible trash cabin from North of The Sun and sadly a fair bit of plastic as well. If you’d like to get a taster, have a watch of the film below –
I have been going to Scotland for years, it’s fair to say I love the place, the people and the environment. It’s one of the rawest stretches of coastline for me on Earth, and the waves, on rare occasions it becomes a perfect wave rich playground. The chapter features and ecclectic mix of surfers, Chris Noble, Mark Boyd, Ian Battrick, Micah lester, Nelson Cloarec and Adrian Fernandez De Valderama is some epic conditions.
You will not see so many epic shots of England in one place as here. This is the one chapter that was pulled mostly from my archive of images and it is epic. Conrwall, Devon and The North East of England as good as they get. Thundering barrels from Porthleven, to the biggest most perfect ever Cribbar to North Conrwall to the reefs of Yorkshire. Some real characters riding them as well, Skindog at perfect Porthleven, Reubyn Ash in North Cornwall and Eugene Tollemache on some of the biggest coldest waves in the North Sea. The tales around the waves in England are second to none, from snow enforced diversions in Yorkshire to hurricane swells on the Cribbar.
Ireland didn’t make it in Numb, partly because when I spent huge amounts of time there in the 90s I was filming not shooting. But the return was immense, there are some older shots, but most of the chapter is filled with one absolutely epic trip with locals Conor Maguire, Gearoid Mcdaid, Peter Conroy, Aussie charger Russell Bierke, Frenchman Nelson Cloarec and Spaniard Adrian Fernandez de Valderama, suring one crazy crazy slab. It also features Noah Lane and Ciaran Haresnape on slightly less crazy waves. It is a journey to the very edge of Europe.
It’s where the plastic project began, and this adventure is straight out of feral living in the cold. It’s a solo mission with Ian Battrick, if you don’t know him, you wont believe what he is paddeling out in alone, if you do know him, you’ll realise it is perfectly standard for one of the purest wandering surfers on the planet. It’s a cold mission into the semi known, and some hefty slabs as well, with a mix of locals and Norwegians. There is also the environmental angle, and you won’t believe where we found plastic.
You know that beachbreak paradise, classic sand bottomed pits in the sunshine, air ramps, epic lineups and the worst plastic problem in Europe? You may not expect that last statement but whilst the French chapter rounds off the book with some of the most epic shots I have ever taken it also has two pages that should serve as a warning to the rest of Europe.
What more would you like to know?
This book is a work of pure passion, as a photographer there is nothing like seeing images in print, and as well as a current document of the state of our environment, it is also an incredible insight into the culture of surf in northern Europe, it’s also an archive of sorts of years of shooting swells in Northern Europe, particularly in England where you are unlikely to see such a collection of images.
There are at the moment only going to be 250, unfortunately WE CAN NOT GUARANTEE CHRISTMAS DELIVERY AFTER DECEMBER 5th ITS BECAUSE WE ARE BASED IN FRANCE.
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