I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to be introduced to John Anderson’s body of work earlier this year. Following our conversation, I’ve been inspired to dig deeper into John’s work, and have really enjoyed following along on his creative journey. John was recently here in California, and created this remarkable image.
Thank you John for taking us Inside the Image.
John Anderson: “Without thinking about it, I took my camera off the tripod and opened up the aperture enough to stop motion at around a 350th of second. Then I just stood there a moment wondering why I had done that. That’s when I saw it. A set of enormous waves swiftly closing in on me – they were easily twice the size of any other waves I had seen that day – or any day for that matter.
“I barely had time to think…uh…this could be bad…when the first one hit. The sound was incredible and the splash wave shot straight up in air mingling with the clouds in a solemn display of lethal horror. I stated photographing; clicking my sophisticated legend of a camera like a point and shoot. Someone was laughing maniacally – turns out it was me – when the terrifying volume of water dropped harmlessly into the chasm at my feet – leaving the shelf of rock I was standing on completely dry.
“I didn’t have time to marvel at being alive – more big waves were pounding into the air and I kept shooting them. I took a lot of photographs in short period of time but it was that first wave that captured my emotions. If chance favors the prepared mind, it absolutely adores the stupidly lucky.”
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