Riding a Wave with Dustin Humphrey

Riding a Wave with Dustin Humphrey


Ok, I’ve found some floaters and underwater folks that are wholly original, and I’ve been trying very hard to figure out how they were created, and for what purpose. It seems they’re a promotional series of images for Surf Conglomerate Insight51. They gathered some pro surfers, photographer Dustin Humphrey, and headed for Bali.

Here’s the best description of what’s going on here that I could find:

Insight has launched an impressive art installation series entitled Dopamine,
from setting up underwater art installations with surf actions shots in
Bali and having re-created famous skate spots in the middle of the
Balinese jungle.

The surf installation was inspired by Beatnick;, Steve Gorrow
embarked on a journey beneath the sea to explore the depths of the mind
and creativity. Along with the help of his brother, Steve shipped out
to Bali to take on the massive feat of building above and
beneath the sea to give birth to the latest Insight surf spectacle,
and that is Dopamine. Not one to cut corners on creativity, Steve combined
upside down bedrooms, naked girls on motor bikes and underwater shanty
towns with the amazing skill of the Insight surf team (surfnics) and
the photographic talents of Dustin Humphrey to create an array of split
double world madness. Welcome to Insight’s latest surf campaign
featuring surfers Kai Otton, Luke Stedman, Warren Smith, Jared Mell,
Made Lana,Jason Apparicio & The Jamaican Surf Team.”

Ok, the surf and skate stuff is above my head. But I DIG the result. Chew on these:


photo by Dustin Humphrey


photo by Dustin Humphrey


photo by Dustin Humphrey


photo by Dustin Humphrey


photo by Dustin Humphrey


photo by Dustin Humphrey

Some more info on Dustin, or “D Hump”:

“Over the past five years, Humphrey, 31, has established himself as one
of the surf-world’s most forward-thinking photographers. Originally
from Huntington Beach but now based in Bali, he’s constantly evolving
his craft, using different light, experimental equipment, unique angles
and the world’s best surfers as his variables. In addition, Humphrey
has set a precedent in modern surf travel and documentation, partnering
with Taylor Steele on trips to off-the-radar locations like Egypt and
Italy. This combination of creativity and impeccable timing has enabled
“D Hump” to become one of the most accomplished photographers of the
21st Century.”

There’s a niche for everything, folks. And if you can find yours in Bali, power to ya, brah.

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  1. Ryan Cardone at 6:43 pm

    Awesome, I was wondering when you were going to stumble upon this ad campaign, I almost sent you the link to check it out. D. Hump is an amazing surf photographer and this marketing campaign by Insight51 is one of the best I have seen from a surf company in a long time. The pictures are even better in print. Surfer Magazine just put out their Big issue and there is a double spread of the photo with the girl on the bike, it’s pretty cool.

  2. Modus at 11:15 am

    “Bra” is an undergarment worn by women to support the breasts. If you don’t know how to properly spell “brah” then I suggest you don’t use it at all, brah.

  3. skyboy at 11:38 pm

    Interesting… the raccoon-eyed women in the second photo aren’t actually naked — they’re wearing one-piece swimsuits with, er, naked torsos painted on them. That’s how it looks to me, at least.

  4. Justin at 1:45 pm

    These are absolutely awesome, although with a closer look, the nude subjects are wearing nude suits. I noticed because of some line than were not normal. I think the suits actua.lly make this cooler.

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