They say the best camera is the one you have with you. Sadly, the best camera I had with me was sitting next me as I relied on a cellphone camera for this one.


It is way more than likely that I didn't use my proper camera so I could share the "instant-ness" of this image. A true "doing it for the 'gram moment." As I continue on my ranting about social media, I realize what these platforms have done for us and mainly myself. Seeking the immediate bragging rights, affirmation, and validation through likes and comments rather than savoring the moment, creating the photograph, and once it had been properly processed - sharing it.

Funny, as I am typing this post, I can't help but think about the lone surfer that day. My hope is that nothing else was taxing or burdening him other than catching the best set of waves.


Allowing himself to fully disconnect in order to reconnect and be a better version of himself when his time in the water came to end that day.


It's likely that I am reading too much into this or simply hoping that his calling to surf is meditative and therapeutic.

March 16, 2018 | Long Beach Island, New Jersey