Proximity is a film that pairs surfing’s living legends with today’s most progressive young surfers. Proximity explores the delicate relationship between people, time, and place, showcasing surfing icons from different generations in diverse locations around the world. The project is a creative collaboration between Teton Gravity Research, Garage Productions, and director Taylor Steele.
“I feel like my entire body of work has been building towards this production,” Steele says. “This (film) came from a desire to do something in surfing that hasn't been done before. Utilizing the latest technology, traveling to the far corners of the globe with my favorite surfers, and presenting in film, photos, virtual reality, and print media. It’s pretty much my dream project.”
The following photo essay further explores the themes that are examined in Proximity by showcasing these athletes in their most comfortable environment, the water.
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Dave Rastovich finds solace in the waters off of the Baja coast.
Shane Dorian and Albee Layer find a spot on top of a Scottish cliff to search for slabs.
In the waning hours of a long day, Rob Machado displays his unique style on a Chilean left.
Kelly Slater is arguably the best competitor in the history of surfing. Pairing him with recently crowned World Champion, John John Florence, produced electric surfing and one stimulating chess match.
If one photo sums up the meaning of Proximity it might be this shot. Shane Dorian and Albee Layer, though a generation apart, connect over a shared love of the water.
Rob Machado in his true home, the ocean.
Where there are waves surfers will follow. This even holds true during cold Japanese winters.
It's all about perspective. A fishing boat provides for a unique frame in Chile.
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