A selection of my photographs are going up on display and for sale at Culture Brewing Co. in Solana Beach, June 6 – July 3. These prints are a limited edition single-run and have been directly printed on recycled pressboard / birch wood with a gloss layer of bio-based SuperSap epoxy resin.
Story behind the Eco Wood Prints:
Growing up in Hawaii, the ocean was like a second home to me and nature was my playground. I dreamed of collaborating with a with like minded ocean loving, adventurer and taking off across the world to capture and document their life, stories, and environmental cause through photo and video. One day a girl with a pink surfboard rocked up and said, “I don’t know you, but I love your work and I’m looking for a photographer/cinematographer to take off across the globe with me and film my Alison’s Adventures film series about the global secrets of survival, sustainability, and of course surfing.” How could I say no?
Alison Teal is an adventurer, soul surfer and survivalist who also grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii and was raised around the world by her adventure pioneer parents who photographed for companies like National Geographic and Patagonia. Several week later us two girls and a “camel full’ of equipment set off on a few year long expedition to capture the mystery and intrigue of the cultures Alison grew up in. During our travels we found that some of the the most pristine and exotic places on earth are now covered in trash and waste. As oceans lovers, seeing the growing severity of this problem made us extremely sad, and we sought out ways to lessen our own environmental impact and inspire other to do the same.
In keeping with Alison’s Adventures theme of Surf Survive Sustain, we jumped onboard with Sustainable Surf’s “Waste to Waves” project, teaming up with LOST Surfboards and E-Tech Surfboards to make Alison’s iconic pink surfboard completely eco-friendly! The process of creating a modern-day surfboard is extremely toxic and Sustainable Surf has been making headway creating standards to certify boards as eco-friendly. We are stoked to say that Alison’s pink board, shown is some of theses photos, was made from recycled styrofoam such as coffee cups and appliance packaging, and glassed with Entropy Resin’s “SuperSap” plant-based bio resin.
If surfboards can be eco, can photo prints be eco as well? Instead of using unsustainable and virgin materials such as acrylic, canvas, paper, or aluminum and toxic chemical inks, I thought “how can I go green with this?” The smaller photographs were printed with eco-friendly water-based inks on recycled pressboard, and the larger photographs on domestically sourced birch wood. The glossy overlay is a thin coat of SuperSap, which a bio based epoxy resin that is less-toxic to the environment and has a smaller carbon footprint. All of these wood prints are one of a kind and will not be printed again on in this format and size. I hope you enjoy these one of a kind eco resin wood prints that you can feel good about having in your home! A portion of the proceeds will go to Sustainable Surf’s initiatives.
Sustainable Surf is a California-based 501(c)(3) non-profit charity organization founded by social entrepreneurs, who’s mission is to be the catalyst that transforms surf culture and industry into a powerful community that protects the ocean playground. They believe that surfing can become the premier showcase of people and businesses working together to solve environmental problems while having fun.