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“Outbound”: Maui SUP image

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“Outbound” is an image of a Maui stand-up paddleboarder, and is offered for sale for the month of January 2021.

Key information:

  • Sizes: 16 x 20″
  • Matted? No
  • Border: Yes
  • Paper: Archival Luster
  • Printer: Calicolor (Sacramento) with archival pigment inks
  • Date of Images: 2015
  • Limited Edition? Yes, 1 of 100
  • Signed: Yes, on back
  • Certificate of Authenticity? Yes
  • Price: $100 (Contact me for pricing on smaller/larger sizes) 50% of net profit a donation to Project Hawaii, an organization dedicated to helping the keiki (children in Hawaiian) break the cycle of poverty.
  • Shipping and handling: $5.95 for mail tube, $10.95 for flat in the U.S. Contact me for international shipping. Will deliver free locally up to 30 miles radius.

“Outbound,” Maui stand-up paddleboarder image

As part of a Western Canadian snowbird family, I was fortunate enough to grown up visiting Maui, Hawaii, on a regular basis. Kihei Beach Resort was my parentsʻ favorite locale. Mom loved nothing better than morning walks on beautiful Sugar Beach, and suntanning by the oceanside pool.

After my dad passed away in 2001, mom decided to up the anty. As a family, we began traveling to Maui every two years. Maui, like all the Hawaiian islands, is a photographerʻs dream. Thereʻs hardly a bad landscape shot to be made, from the oceans to the lush rain forests.

Besides the obvious flora and fauna shooting opportunities, I like including some of the island;s activities. Stand-up-paddleboarding (SUP) and ocean kayaking are two of my personal favorites.

One early summer morning…

I still remember well one early morning in July, 2015, when I decided to head to the east side of the island to try and shoot sunrise images. Sunsets are no-brainers when staying on the west side, where most tourists choose because of the fantastic beaches. I find that the east side has much more local flavor, with rugged beaches, and the Maui County government located in Wailuku.

I drove across the valley formed by the two volcanoes out to what I believe was Paukukalo Beach. There were very few people out yet (sunrise is usually around 6:00 am, and only varies by an hour or so throughout the year). I was delighted to see two young men heading out on their paddleboards.

As a retired high school teacher, I love seeing young people passionately engaged in healthy activities and pursuits. That morning the sky was so beautiful and complex. In this image, you can see that the sun has already risen, and is hidden behind the grey bank of clouds. The golden glow of its rays pierce the clouds as the young men heads out on his board. Light and dark, youth and the enduring, wide-open ocean.

Part of our little lives series…

My “Our Little Lives” series focuses on the perspective we look at images with just one human (or small evidence of a human being) amid a much larger palette that is our Earthly home. That morning, I knew I wanted to isolate one of the young men in the great ocean landscape, so I kept shooting and shooting as this youth headed out.

I also am well aware of the history of the ancient Polynesians that travelled such incredible distances on their watercraft, and wanted to hint at whatever connections may exist today to that powerful past. Incredibly, it is believed that the islands were first settled as early as 400 C.E., when Polynesians from the Marquesas Islands traveled 2000 miles in canoes.

After all was said and done, this is the image that I ended up choosing and processing. I am not able to print larger that 13 x 19″ papers, so the actual 16 x 20″ is extremely vibrant and beautifully printed by my friends at Calicolor.

Iʻm offering this bordered, unmatted limited edition print, for $100. Because of the subject of the image, my charity for January is Project Hawaii, an organization dedicated to helping the keiki (children in Hawaiʻian) break the cycle of poverty. Please let me know if you are interested in purchasing it. Aloha! 🌅 🌴 🌺

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