What appears to be vintage surfing photographs were actually taken recently. These pictures were created old school style, tintype to be precise. Joni Sternbach the photographer behind this elaborate process explains her art. She has released a book called SurfLand where more of her technique is explored.
“The process of posing can be a little intimidating as each surfer has to stay in the same position while I frame the image and coat the plate and then finally snap the shutter,” says Sternbach. “That could take anywhere from 5-10 minutes. All the time there are people on the beach watching and sometimes interacting, so they are ‘on view’ as they wait around for the photograph to actually be taken.”