The Fraggle – Pismo Beach, CA
What is the first word or thought that comes to mind when viewing this photo? If you are by yourself then say it out loud. If you are at work then please say it internally. I don’t want you to lose a cool job that lets you surf the internet for cool photos. Some people may notice the beautiful sunrise, or the guy with dread locks hunched over the rail. If you are like me then your eyes go straight to the breaking wave below (3-5 foot reef break). When I first saw the photo I was very surprised. It appears to symbolize “a new hope rising above despair”. It could be a warm sun rising over a down trodden soul. What do you see and more importantly feel?
Spoiler alert! My perception couldn’t be any further from reality. In fact the rising sun is really setting over the west coast. The young guy in the photo’s name is Fraggle. I had a great conversation with him about the area, places to surf, and vantage points for other great photo shoots. He was a really happy dude living life and 100% stoked to be in the picture. The reason he is slumped over the rail is because he is watching his friends surf the waves below. It is funny how a photograph can take a moment in time, a visual record of history, and change the perception of reality 360 degrees.
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