HI! I'm Doug Waters and Thanks for visiting.
Growing up in the '50s and '60s, my parents had a subscription to National Geographic Magazine, and I remember spending countless hours thumbing through those magazines .... and not just for the native women! :-) I also remember being amazed with the images in the classic news magazines, Life and Look.
I think these great magazines served to imprint a very visual sense in me with which I view the world today.
Around the age of 12 yrs, I began to surf and read surf magazines and became mesmerized with the photos of waves and surfing. In 1974-75, my love of surfing led me to the North Shore of the Island of Oahu in Hawaii. It was there, seeing the best surf photographers in the world, shooting the best waves and surfers in the world, that I became interested in trying surf photography, particularly shooting surfing from the water perspective. It wasn't until I moved back to Eastern N. C. that I bought a Nikonos dive camera and bought a few rolls of Kodachrome 25 and started learning to use it.
As often happens, one thing leads to another ... I bought more cameras, lenses and lots of Kodachrome 64, and began following the emerging professional surf tour on the East Coast in the the early '80s. This took me to Florida to be closer to the center of the pro surf scene. Eventually I began to get published in the East Coast surf magazines, then later in the West Coast magazines. In the mid '90s I was fortunate enough to become a Senior Staff Photographer with Surfing Magazine. During this time I had the pleasure and honor to work under the editorship of the late, great Larry "Flame" Moore, whom I enjoyed working with until his untimely passing.
In 2010, I had the honor of being inducted into the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame in the Media category. East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame
Another honor I'm equally proud of, is that one of my surfing photos of Buddy Pelletier is being used on a North Carolina State speciality license plate , for the Buddy Pelletier Surfing Foundation
. Buddy was a native Atlantic Beach, NC professional surfer and close friend. The art work for the speciality plate was done by one of Buddy's closest friends and an exceptional artist, Michael Nemnich.
After 30 yrs in Florida, I've returned to Eastern North Carolina and I'm enjoying shooting whatever catches my eye.
Thanks for looking and I hope you see some photos that interest you! If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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