I had the distinct pleasure of photographing Damian Fulton about 5 months ago. Not only is Damian an amazing artist (I’m a huge fan of his), but he is one of the nicest guys you could meet. I’ve gotten to know Damian over the past several years because he is an El Porto surfer.
Damian lives a beach lifestyle, but it’s a beach lifestyle in one of the busiest metropolitan cities in the world (Los Angeles, that is). Damian’s surf art is all about the juxtaposition of beach life and the trappings of an urban environment. I wanted to capture that same vibe in a portrait of the artist. The red and white smokestacks in El Segundo appear in many of Damian’s paintings and I felt that doing a beach portrait with the smokestacks in the background would provide the visual tie between the artist and his art.
I shot the following image using my Sinar P 4×5 on Fuji Neopan 100 black and white film. I used Photoshop to combine the image with a scan of a glass plate negative to give it the old film feel.