Born in Namibia, lives in Durban, South Africa.
I want to welcome South African Photographer Patrick Flanagan to the crew of Artists that I have assembled. I first saw Patricks work thru social media (Instagram) and as his Kodachrome colors popped. I had to seek him out. Patrick started his career as a Surfer like most but then found his passion by being inspired by the Photographers and found himself in 1975 using a Practica SLR. He was inspired by craftsmen like Art Brewer, Peter Crawford, Jeff Divine, Aaron Chang, Steve Wilkings, Dan Merkel and Steve Core and wanted a piece for himself.
Up until 1980 Surfer would send staff photographers to cover the South African leg of the then fledgling IPS. Paul Naude, Paul Maartens and Pat took on the job in 81. “Africa has waves, some thousands of miles away and many right on our doorstep.” he says. “All kinds of waves. Raw Southern Ocean power to groomed playful tropical nuggets and everything in between.” Looking beyond that to the people that inhabit surfing and the land beyond surfing is what is really interesting to Pat. “In the last few years I’ve tried to emulate Art Brewer by shooting more and more portraits, looking for something beyond the obvious.”
Nowadays Pat is involved in South African Surfing Legends, The Purpose of the organization? “To inspire, develop and mentor future generations of surfers through the celebration of our rich surfing heritage.”
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