Meet Chris Mather, the man behind Fade Photography. Superstoked were amazed by some of his photos from Morocco and were eager to have a chat with the man behind the lens.
A photographer with a true passion for surfing… no wonder he takes such amazing surf photos.
Tell us a little bit about Fade Photography and yourself.
CM: I grew up in the South West of England. Through my life sports have always played a huge part and I have constantly found myself drawn to the ocean which is why I guess I now find myself photographing surfers. I started Fade photography just as a way to showcase my work but also with the idea to expand to incorporate other photographers with a similar feel for not only photography but for life.
How did you first get in to photography?
CM: My father introduced me, he worked as a photo journalist when he was younger, on motorcycle magazines (his passion) then as I’ve grown up and moved through life I’ve found my own niche in surfing, (my passion). This is why I love photography, it allows me to not only be involved in the things I am passionate about, it allows me to capture them and share them with others.
Do you have a personal favorite amongst the many surf photos you have taken?
CM: There are quite a few, especially from the time I have spent in Morocco. I think I could narrow it down to two. More recently would be from this winter, titled – Watching, Waiting , shot at the famous Anchor point, Taghazout, it sums up the moment before paddling out. The other has a similar feel and is a shot of Gabriel Medina from 2011 at the Sooruz pro in Lacanau, France, just before his heat. For me both these photo’s capture something special. A certain calm before the inevitable storm, a moment when all the noise in the world stops and a clarity falls upon you.
What do you enjoy most about surfing?
CM: Surfing itself. Whether on my own or with friends just being in the water is a sort of therapy, stripping away all your worries and stresses and leaving you smiling.
Where can Superstoked readers see more of your work?
CM: I’ve been working on a new website, although this has taken a slight back seat to a new project I am working on at the moment but if you’d like to keep an eye on what I’m doing, photographing or writing about then please have a look at my online journal – http://fadephotography.wordpress.com/