New Yorkers Pose for 'Surfer DNA'

June 03, 2013 | Homepage

New York chef Sam Talbot in "Surfer DNA"

Anyone who surfs knows that the sport changes you. In this spirit, photographer Alberto Guglielmi presents "Surfer DNA," a portrait series featuring the likes of Cynthia Rowley, Annasophia Robb, and Sam Talbot, among others. To illustrate just how powerfully surfing can change someone's life, Guglielmi photographed his subjects with small surfboard fins placed on their bodies.

An avid surfer himself, Guglielmi created the series in support of the Waves for Water Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative, and the Rockaway and Long Beach areas where he regularly surfs. "I started surfing and windsurfing as a boy near Rome and in Sardinia," says Guglielmi of his passion. "I’ve always felt an innate connection to the ocean, but in my teens I developed an almost physical and psychological need to surf consistently. It’s only been recently that I formally expressed with the "Surfer DNA" concept how surfing affects the way you live. That tie to the ocean and the desire to be in it is with you wherever you go, whatever you’re doing, from the moment you caught that first wave."

The project kicks off this week with an exhibition at SoHotel ArtSpace from June 5 to 8, followed by shows planned this summer in Los Angeles and Montauk. A silent auction of portraits at the New York opening, as well as an online auction, will raise funds for the Waves for Water charity's Sandy Relief Initiative. 345 Broome St., 212-343-7007


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