Previously in denial about his photographic past, Rob Gilley now rummages through his trove of mediocrity.
Every surf photographer has them. Images that are precious. Photos that are especially dear. Personal favorites. Gems. Nuggets. The kryp.
Quite often these kinds of images get star treatment from their creators. In the old days, photographers adorned slide mounts with red dots, checks, asterisks, and even exclamation points, and now photo editing software comes with a multi-faceted array of digital colors and stars to flag favorites with.
Opportunities to draw a photo editor’s extra attention are as rife as ever.
But unfortunately, not all starred images get to shine. Whether it’s an off-season image, or a photo that doesn’t fit a current editorial theme, stellar images get rejected all the time. Nuggets fall through the cracks constantly. Gems go unpolished, and there’s plenty of kryp that never gets to leave the proverbial baggie.
Below you will find six such images. Gilley’s orphans in search of a good home. Kryp resurrected from the crypt.