We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Fields and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ryan, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I want to be able to accurately portray surfers, and surf culture as a whole. There is a lot of movies, photographs, and music that do not correctly portray what it is like to be involved with the surf culture of today.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My artist statement: Focusing on surf photography, with concentrations on skate and portraiture, Ryan Fields creates minimalistic photographs filled with nostalgia. He travels, surfs, and photographs the vast open spaces of the California coast and is passionate about environmental issues such as climate change and ocean protection. Inspired by 70’s surf culture, using film and digital techniques, Ryan creates dreamy imagery through geometric elements and stylized toning.

As I previously mentioned, the photo program at my school is phoenominal and has matured me as a photographer. i have learned so much from all of my amazing professors and my photos would not be where they are today if it was not for them.

I want to be able to accurately portray surfers, and surf culture as a whole. There is a lot of movies, photographs, and music that do not correctly portray what it is like to be involved with the surf culture of today.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Some of my favorite spots are located here in Ocean Beach where I currently live. If some of my freinds were visiting from out of town, we would surf some of the amazing reef breaks that will not be named. We then would hit the best burrito in PL, La Perla and grub some Carne Burritos. After burritos we would cruise THC on newport for their 2 dollar IPA happy hours special. There are so many amazing spots and I am blessed to live and grow up in such an amazing city.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the amazing Photography department at CBU, and specifically Christopher Kern. The photo program at CBU has developed and furthered my passion for photography, and has helped turn it into a profession.

Website: https://www.ryanfields.co

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryanfieldz/

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