Black & White Challenge: Grant Ellis

Black, white, and gray all over with @grantellis1

We’re back with the latest insta-trend, the #BWchallenge, to showcase the monochrome gold of SURFER Photo Editor Grant Ellis (@grantellis1). With a deep archive of surf film photography and years behind the lens, it was a no-brainer that Grant would eventually be nominated for the challenge. Get your follow on.


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DAY 1: “I am kicking off Day 1 of the #BWchallenge with a shot of one of your good friends Dave Rastovich. This was taken in Indonesia in 2005. It was shot on Scala, which is a great film. This was a dream trip with some of my favorite surfers ever, including Andy Irons, Mark Occhilupo, Luke Egan, and Rasta, aboard the Pelagic.”


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DAY 2: “This was shot on Kodak tmax400, and I think it was shot in 2005. I had the opportunity to photograph Jack Johnson for his Guest Editor issue of SURFER Magazine along with Chris Malloy. It was a really amazing experience hanging out with these two for a few days. This is Jack and his son, Moe, having a little jam session before a concert up in Ojai.”


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DAY 3: “4-time world champ Mark Richards came to San Clemente to work with Matt Biolos (…Lost) on the MR Super Twin. We did an interview and we got to shoot some images in the shaping bay with both of them. It was pretty epic, so I had to order one of the boards that day and it is still a favorite of mine.”


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DAY 4: “This was taken on my first trip to Ireland in 2011 with Kepa Acero and Kimball Taylor. What an amazing place. I can’t wait to get back there. The locals charge, and are super cool, and the waves are epic. I loved it.”


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DAY 5: “Since today (Monday) is my birthday, I thought I would post one from back in the day. This was the first full page portrait I ever got published. It was for an article on Frankie Oberholzer in African Soul Surfer, a magazine started in my buddy Garth Robinson’s bedroom. I used to print all the black and white images for the mag in my garage darkroom and I would shoot for it a little. This was taken around 1994 or ’95, and it’s hard to believe it is 20 years old.”