Two Surfers at Rockaway Beach 2009
by Beth Perkins
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When I first started going out to Rockaway Beach about 10 years ago with my husband, I fell in love with the light and the landscape out there. It seemed like two worlds collided in a raw, beautiful way, with the elevated train, old bungalows and city life juxtaposed against the natural setting of the beach and the boardwalk. I have enjoyed shooting the surfers in the winter and early springtime because it depicts this dichotomy so well. Most surfing pictures are of tanned bodies in a sunny, warm setting. Rockaway is so different from that classic idea of surfing imagery. Instead, Rockaway's beaches offer a more rugged landscape with cold weather, fog or snow and wetsuit-clad surfers, which creates the more ethereal setting that I try to capture in my photos of Rockaway. This photograph is part of our Art for Sandy Relief project released in collaboration with TIME's photo editors. All net proceeds of these editions support six local charities. Learn more about these specialized organizations here.
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