When I decided to try shooting surfing on film, the experience of buying the camera was almost more absurd than the act of putting the film in the water itself.
Browsing the internet, I came across a single listing, quietly titled “Underwater Camera, Works Untested”. The list was full of photos of a Nikonos V, complete with the dive light, extra O-rings, lube and even spare lenses – all sitting there collecting dust.
“Awesome!” I thought as I drove to Malibu. “Some random dude has no idea how much this stuff is worth. If only he loved surfing! Turns out he did. The person selling the camera was actually a surf photographer professional. He had taken pictures of William Finnegan. Appears in surfer diarysame.