Surfers Sennen Cove, Cornwall

An image in the series was given the 2006 AOP Open Judge's Choice award, these portraits were made in Sennen Cove, Cornwall as each surfer came out of the freezing cold March Winter water. I carried a portable pack and a light down to the beach and set-up just at the top of the ramp. As the surfers came out of the water, exhausted and exhilarated from their day’s efforts I asked if they would pose for me. Most of them were happy to. They were still out of breath and dripping wet, eyes and skin red from the cold, but smiling all the while and staring intently at me.