Welcome to the wonderful world of Lucia Griggi. As well as a great photographer, she’s a fantastic role model for women, breaking through in not just one, but two male dominated industries – surfing and photography.
Hi Lucia! For those reading, tell us a little about yourself...
My love of photography was inspired by my passion for travel and finding waves around the world. I learned to surf in England and the search for perfect waves took me to corners of the earth I would have never found if I wasn't surf crazed. I lived to have two feet in the sand and my toes in the water, and I was always on a beach or swimming in the ocean somewhere. I spent many seasons on the North Shore of Oahu documenting surfing by land and sea - either shooting from the beach with a big telephoto lens, or swimming out at Pipeline to tell the stories of athletes like Kelly Slater, Lisa Anderson and all the other great North Shore specialists. Book assignments took me to California, where I took portraits of skate legends Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Tony Hawk and dozens of others. These book projects took me as far north as Seattle and as far south as the tip of Baja, and I am now based part of the year in California - surrounded by the surfing and skateboarding lifestyle. Being on the road shooting surfing led me to a fork, where I began doing work for the mainstream media. Magazines such as National Geographic and companies like Jeep look to me for images and moments which have the look and feel of the adventure lifestyle. I work on commercial advertising assignments with a team of people all dedicated to providing clients with the highest quality images. For the past decade I have been traveling from England to California to Hawaii and around the world to document the adventure lifestyle - and inspire others to find their own path.
Describe your photography in 5 words
Bright, Vivid, Clean, Engaging, precision.
What are some of your passions that influence your photography style?
Surfing travel and culture. Having an open mind to see and explore the world.
Where is your favourite place to shoot?
I love Hawaii and Fiji. Anywhere that has crystal clear water. Pipeline is my most favorite wave to shoot in the water due to its size and power. It gives such amazing energy when you are out there.
Have you any trips or exciting projects coming up?
This year I have traveled around Europe filming for an upcoming film, Endless Winter. I have been to Sri Lanka working with a production crew for Sri Lankan Airlines and I am off to South America for a trip coming up soon.
What is your preferred equipment to shoot on?
I shoot with Canon cameras and prime lenses. I love my canon 85mm 1.2. For the water, SPL Housing and Watershot.
What would you like viewers to take away from your work?
To inspire to travel and see corners of the world they might not necessarily see otherwise.
Who are some photographers that you admire and respect?
Tim Nunn, Chris Burkard, Art Brewer, Ted Grambeau.
What tips or advice would you give to someone wanting to get into photography?
Perseverance and never give up. Always give back and hold yourself well. Remember it's not the situation but how you deal with it.
If you could shoot with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Steve McCurry, Nat Geo Photographer.
CHECK OUT SOME OF LUCIA'S FAVOURITE PHOTOS AND THE STORY BEHIND THEM
Underwater duck dive, Fiji
Surfers, Kodiak Island, Alaska
Surfer aerial, Hossegor, France
Massive Swell, Fiji
Surfer swims over the shoulder of a giant set wave, Fiji
Surfer pulls into the barrel, Fiji
Kelly Slater perfect 10, Pipeline, Oahu Hawaii
Surfers scrap to the top of a huge wave