The Plight of the Torpedo People Hardcover – 1 Dec 2012
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"Torpedo People" has wondrous underwater photos, making me wonder about "Flying Through the Clouds: Surf Photography of Jim Russi", which I haven't seen. In terms of composition, page 52's shot is impressive: Keith Malloy echoing the shape of the wave he's beneath. It would look good on a wall. So is the two-page spread showing bodyboarder and Pipeline master Mike Stewart shooting Mark Cunningham at Teahupoo, Tahiti. It's featured at the book's website, and does not disappoint.
The one-page essays and paragraphs by bodysurfers are mostly very good. I'd single out Dave Parmeter from Hawaii, Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle, and Judith Sheridan from the San Francisco area, "Using the exact same gear (fins, wetsuit, attitude) in 20+ foot Maverick's and two-foot Pacifica. Watching a board surfer drive up with 3 boards and laughing as he leaves because he didn't bring the right one."
It's an extremely fresh look at being in the surf and proof that you don't need boards, much less Jet Skis, for engaging photography. The cover, by the way, is by Burkard, of Chris Kalima breaching like a whale.