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" I was often running around like a chicken with its head cut off going from water shots to land, changing lenses." - Todd Glaser

You’ve probably heard about “Proximity,” the latest offering by Taylor Steele. The film follows eight of the world’s best surfers—four icons and four rising stars—on the search for new waves and inner truths in exotic destinations. Well there’s the moving image version, and there’s also the coffee table book, a collection of still shots by Surfer staff photographer Todd Glaser.

“It was exciting getting to partner up with Taylor,” said Todd. “He told me he wanted to make the best film he could, and I always wanted to do a coffee table book, and that initial conversation led to hours and hours of conversation, and lots of writing down notes with our ideas, and a whole lot of traveling, and ultimately “Proximity.”

I asked Todd what was most challenging about the project.

“I was creative director on the film, so I was working with Taylor on how best to capture each location. But I was also shooting still photos, so I was often running around like a chicken with its head cut off going from water shots to land, changing lenses. It was a lot of work to capture all the different aspects of all the trips, but very satisfying.”

Here is but a small taste of what is a rich and flavorful book—

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Buy Proximity here


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Jamie Brisick is a writer, photographer, and director. He surfed on the ASP world tour from 1986 to 1991. He has since documented surf culture extensively. His books include Becoming Westerly: Surf Champion Peter Drouyn’s Transformation into Westerly Windina, Roman & Williams: Things We Made, We Approach Our Martinis With Such High Expectations, Have Board, Will Travel: The Definitive History of Surf, Skate, and Snow, and The Eighties at Echo Beach. His writings and photographs have appeared in The Surfer’s Journal, The New York Times, and The Guardian. He was the editor of Surfing magazine from 1998-2000, and is presently the global editor of Huck. In 2008 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. He lives in Los Angeles. For more of his work check out jamiebrisick.com & @jamiebrisick