Philip is a self-taught photographer: always driven by the desire to capture fleeting moments and stimulated by his passion for surfing, he produces travel breathtaking reportage.
The exhibition “Passenger” is the result of his last trip to California: a collection of faces, characters and moments experienced during the journey.
Micheal Arenal, photographed in Mission Vejo CA
One of those sheets all consumed, passed out of pocket is now lying on my desk. There is a name Michael Arenal, and an address of Mission Viejo, Southern California, and says to visit this person, signed Takashi.
I show up at his house on a day at the end of September, well kept garden, white door, sunny streets, seems a scene from a movie.
A boy of just 21 years old opens the door. He is thin with long hair burned by the sun, he shakes the t-shirt to remove the dust and the smell of resin.
Hey man! Good to see you!
Since that time we spend the rest of the day together, speaking about his journey from aspiring shaper and practice done in the garage for creating surfboards for friends and for himself.
I understand that his talent is out of the ordinary when he shows me some of his creations, asymmetric tables, innovative experiments, stuff that is not even in the surf shop in California.
I decide to take some photos with my Leica while he is working on a new project. My girlfriend takes Polaroid snaps which end hung on the wall of his shaping room.
He wants me to try one of his surfboards and at sunset time brings me to a session, one of those you don’t forget easily.
The next day comes down to visit us at our home in Encinitas and brings with him other surfboards for the photo shoot.
In front of a plate of spaghetti he melts a little bit more. He now looks familiar.
Now the amber pintail rests in a corner in my room.
See you my friend.