A curated set of Paul’s best work to date, and an interview to boot.
Where do you look for inspiration?
I get my inspiration through many different people, moments and sights. Whether it's when I'm sitting in the lineup watching the afternoon light change, isolated in the desert during an intense storm, or just being around good people.
Describe one of your most challenging moments shooting.
To be honest, I haven't had too many struggles when it comes to taking a picture. However, one big challenge of mine when it comes to photography is carrying my equipment while backpacking. Carrying half by body weight in camping and camera gear up a high sierra pass can really kick your ass.
What’s the stupidest thing you’ve done for a shot?
The stupidest thing I've done to get a photo was a few years back. There was a pretty large storm about to hit Santa Barbara that was bringing a good sized swell with it. In the morning of the storm, the waves had just barely started to fill in, but was going to hit shortly. I decided to shoot from the water with my friend because it was raining too hard not to use a water housing. Long story short, my friend and I both ended up getting washed off the harbor break wall when a storm surge exploded beside us. Surprisingly, I managed to walk away with only a few holes in my wetsuit.
What keeps you motivated/ excited about life?
I always stay busy and spend a lot of time outside. Taking pictures, exploring new areas, camping, backpacking, surfing, skating and snowboarding all keep me stoked on life.
See the full interview over on Paper Sea Quarterly.