While it’s not “officially” summer yet, we still have surfing on our brains, particularly when there is an ocean crashing just blocks away from our office. I think that’s why we’re so compelled by this moody, award-winning surf photographer’s film, “Dark Side of the Lens” shot off the coast of Ireland. This short film is stunningly beautiful, and a good reminder to us all, that we all need to explore the territory in our own backyards too and follow your passions.
Based in Australia, we appreciate (that actually means drooling over) the work they do, as well as their overall philosophy about their art.
The Deus philosophy recalls an era before the various pursuits of fun – motorcycling, surfing, skateboarding, whatever – were marketed into fundamentalist factions. All are welcomed under the Deus roof, where there’s simply respect for the honesty and enjoyment of the machine. Inclusiveness, authenticity, enthusiasm. It’s a simple and sincere pitch that has winged Deus ex Machina across the world. Deus ex Machina says simply there’s no ‘right way’ to do individualism, its all the same juice.
Gidget’s Surfboard, Gary Cooper’s pith helmet from The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, Paladin’s pistol from Have Gun, Will Travel – the list goes on. Antique collector, surfer, photographer, curator Jim Mahoney’s collection of vintage props and unique treasures has landed in Japanese fashion magazines, New York City boutiques, and commercials galore. He also has a collection of local artifacts that includes the program from James Dean’s last car race (which was here in Santa Barbara). The William Brown Project stumbled upon Mahoney’s weird, wonderful, and occasionally spooky world on a recent trip to Santa Barbara.