I drove by that spot a thousand times and never really paid it any attention. It's not a usual place to take some pictures and I'm pretty sure that if I would tell where it is many would be quite surprised. It's not pretty at all.... but that day the light was just perfect and turned into something totally different than it usually is...
Surfing (is) life
I just returned from a short visit back home in Mallorca with tons of pics, a big smile on my face and this very special feeling of inner peace. The Mediterranean wave machine has been pumping during these days and I've spent all days down by the beach... Surfing is life, gives life! Even when you don't surf yourself!
And that's what most people wonder about: how does it come that a female photography enthusiast is so passionated about taking surf pictures without surfing herself?!
Well, let me tell you that I did surf... time ago, not really good, but hey, at least I tried! Since I moved to Mallorca I fell in love with surfing, took lessons, bought a board, went to Canary Islands, soaking in everything I could learn about it... I got to know a tiny part of those feelings of adrenaline and freedom and deep connection while you surf. So guys, I do understand you! Funny though you don't understand me, haha!
I admire sea people, their way of living. I consider myself a sea person. I love being close to the ocean, the beach and waves give me inner peace and lots of energy. And to me, there's nothing more beautiful and powerful than watching a surfer riding their wave.
Gerry Lopez said "Surfing is the attitude dancing" and you can see that in the different way each surfer is surfing...
Some make art of it, the way they surf - and this is what I try to capture.
Surfing also teaches you a lot: to live in the present, to be patient and centered in yourself, to take care about the environment you live in, to appreciate this very special moment.... Same happens when you start to just photograph surfers or waves. I don't wanna say it's the same feeling like riding a wave, but in the end the same way of living.
So here I am, checking swell casts, surf spots, observing, waiting for the perfect moment.
It's pretty cold here up in the North. And most of the days are rainy and grey... Being used to so many hours of sun every day I forgot how hard bad weather could get. One needs to be careful to not be, feel or behave grey, too.
But in between those 50 shades of grey days there are those magic moments, still dark but somehow warm and colorful. And there's the Moon, beautiful as ever, shining for and by itself. And it reminds me of my own inner light, of not feeling grey at all but to shine instead. Not caring if anybody might see or feel that, not caring if anybody understands, just for me... I read a beautiful poem about the Moon the other day:
The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.
Enjoy your imperfections and keep on shining!
Palma Street Artistry
Palma's Street artistry kept on growing and blooming in the last years but unfortunately get's harder to find by the time. The facades of abandoned houses used to be the canvas for artists such as SOMA, Joan Aguiló or Zon who filled up the streets with colour & art in the old town of the Palma.
Due to the constant change of the city and reforms of buildings many of them might disappear... so better be quick and check on them!
Stringer, an awesome spanish blog about surfing, art, photography, illustration and everything else related to the sea or surf itself, invited me recently for an interview. In fact, it's been my first interview ever and I've been a bit nervous and, of course, excited about it (Spanish version only):
Cualquiera que vagabundee por las olas mallorquinas verá en el trabajo de Sabrina Koch (también en Instagram) un evocador recuerdo del hogar. Esta fotógrafa aficionada recorre nuestras rompientes con mirada atenta para capturar momentos fascinantes. Un sortilegio al alcance de muy pocos, un simple dejarse llevar por las mareas lunares para influir en otros desde la simplicidad y la belleza.
Como dijo Deng Ming-Dao y Sabrina reproduce en su web: "La luna no pelea. No ataca a nadie. No se preocupa. No trata de aplastar a los demás. Sólo mantiene su curso, pero por su propia naturaleza, influye suavemente. ¿Qué otro cuerpo podría arrastrar un océano entero de una orilla a la otra? La luna es fiel a su naturaleza y su poder nunca se aplaca".
Many thanks again to Pedro for the cool chat we had! It's been a pleasure...
Click here to read the full interview.
In surfing, the green room is the inside of a barrel that is produced by a wave. This term was coined due to the color of light reflected into the barrel. The moment of being inside the barrel of a wave is described as the ultimate zen surfing experience.. In the Med you hardly get to surf real tubes so for surfers here it's nearly a dream coming true.
This morning I got a call asking if I would come down to the beach to take some pictures as some swell came in. I wasn't aware of the forecast due to my moving preparations and was in doubt whether to go or not as there was so much work still waiting for me.
It was a challenging shooting as the light changed every minute between sunshine, heavy rain to cloudy skies (started with ISO200, had to increase half an hour later around 10:30 to ISO800 for then to go back down to 400 and swap between those two, so imagine...)
Happy I did go, to me personally it has been my Green Room that day with the best shots I had so far.Thanks for the call, Alex! ;)
I moved to Palma 4 years ago, leaving the North shore of the island for job reasons. Palma became my second home at heart due to it's architecture, artsy districts and flair, the old and the new in slow but constant moving.
Portraits are the most difficult part for me. I don't like those 'posed pictures' as they mostly never seem natural to me and don't capture the soul of the person photographed. My aim is to capture portraits of people in those very intimate moments when they don't feel obviously observed...
The beauty of nature captured at Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca.
This island has so much more to offer than just beaches.
That place called home.
Some stuff from an epic day on the North Shore of Mallorca. I love that special vibe when swell comes in there and the places fills up with surfers, vans and salty air.
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