Surfin' USSR

PhotographerGray Hughes
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanyGraham Hughes Photographer Limited
City/CountryBlackstone, United Kingdom
Photo Date10/09/2016
Technical InfoShot on Nikon D810
Entry Description

I journeyed to Teriberka in the Russian arctic, a former Soviet fishing port which has been in decilne for some time. Most of the residents have left. The place is mainly used by the military for training. I meet-up with Russian surfers Sergey, Kostya and Marat who are on a quest to find the best waves in their country. The idea of surfing here would for most people be to treacherous to contemplate; the water is freezing and the beaches are littered with boulders the size of basketballs. For a couple of hours we hike, we climb. It's a trek, but ultimatley we are rewarded. The waves are magnificent. The guys surf for hours. Every ride is talked about late into the night. We return the next day and it's even better. For me it was a once in a lifetime experience.

About Photographer

Gray Hughes grew up in southwest London but has always had strong connections to the USA. He has spent many summers on road trips, visiting family in California. In his early twenties he moved to New York and assisted various fashion photographers before returning to London to shoot editorial sports and lifestyle. He has since worked for brands including Coca-Cola, Asics, Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Powerade. Gray has always loved film and music - his mother exposed him to Hitchcock at an inappropriately young age. As a young teen he used to record music demos on a four track recorder. Then in 2001 he took a break from photography to pursue a career in music, remixing dance music for four years before returning to his first love, photography. Gray’s personal projects have taken him to cowboy country in Montana, USA as well as Rio de Janeiro and more recently, around the grassroots rugby clubs of Britain. His film, 'Heartland' was a finalist in the 2015 AOP awards, with the accompanying photographs featured in the Sunday Times Magazine. He has recently directed his first commercial for Glamorgan Brewing Company. He is represented worldwide by Ridley Scott Associates