SURF SHACKS – DYLAN GORDON
/MARK (CONTRIBUTOR- PHOTOS AND INTERVIEW)
A young photographer whose reputation had preceded him, was going to be shooting my buddy’s campaign in Mex the next day. We were to have dinner with him. I’d heard of him but never met him. He rocked up in a nondescript utilitarian van, fitted out for serious work/travel. It was organized, with boards, a bed, equipment, ready for anything.
After sharing one of those meals where the food was the subtext, the meandering, animated conversation the highlight. One of those funny, six degrees of separation conversations, discussing mutual friends and events. We talked about their forthcoming shoot, and other trips he had recently been doing (including the Bhutan, with Waves for Water). I had heard of his acumen behind a camera, and seen a lot of his work, but was unaware of the adventurous spirit he heartily exuded…
The next day they all left on the shoot, my buddy (the client), his team, surfers, and Dylan, driving South across the border. Unfortunately I heard the shoot didn’t get great waves, however Dylan had been diligent. He’d been checking the forecast. Afterwards he stayed an extra few days with a couple of the pros from the shoot, drove a little further South, and they scored mindless conditions… I realized he was probably living a lot of our dreams. Able to work, and then capitalize on situations work afforded him.
I had also heard of his home/studio, somewhat of a bohemian centre of life…