The work of Sunset district-based photographer Paul Ferraris will be among the Ocean Beach-related pictures displayed in an exhibition opening Friday at PKIRKEBY Gallery in Potrero Hill.
What will be shown during the exhibition?
[Aqua Surf Shop] is bringing local photographers, surf photographers and surfers who are photographers together to display their work. This is the second time we’ve done this, so it’s called Loose Connections 2.
How will you display your work?
Everything is supposed to represent the Sunset district, so I’m making recycled frames using fence wood and driftwood. Everything will have a weathered, salt-air feel to it.
When did you start photographing surfers?</p>
I’m a surfer, and I got into the photography thing in the late ’90s when I had a snowboarding injury that kept me out of the water for a year. I started taking pictures, and the next thing I knew they were being published.
What drew you to photography?
Through high school and college I did a lot of painting. Now, as a photographer, I look at almost everything like I’m looking at it through a lens. I teach photography and digital media at City Arts Tech [High School] in Visitacion Valley.
What else do you shoot?
I do a lot of travel photography. I’ve traveled to over 50 countries and my images have been in Lonely Planet and in different magazines around the world.
When did you begin surfing?
I grew up with a view of downtown Los Angeles in East L.A. My dad lived in Huntington Beach, so whenever I spent time with my dad I’d go and surf.