Mandy Wong

Culture Editor at Unrated, Born and raised in L.A 🇺🇸

Surfing Becomes Abstract in Skander Khlif’s Monochromatic Photography Series

Surfing often involves sun-kissed sandy beaches with rolling deep blue waves set against a vast, blue horizon, dotted with vibrant colors from the myriad of surfboard and board shorts. It’s safe to say that the sport of surfing is a pretty colorful activity, not one often depicted as something cold and monochromatic. While that thought would often deter people from wanting to hit the shoreline, Skander Khlif‘s photographic series that showcases the art of surfing in exactly that way–cold and monochromatic–is actually pretty damn captivating.

Officially entitled The Surfers of Munich, the series features the Bavaria capital’s locals as they take on the harsh waters of the river Eisbach, a body of water that’s ominously nicknamed the “stream of ice.” Although the river sits in the middle of Munichs, within statistically the largest urban park in the world, technical size of the images’ landscape bears no comparison to the vast emptiness representing in the black and white featured within each image. Often abstract or artfully obscured, the globetrotting architect/photographer has an amazing ability to seriously capture the very essence of where and what it is he’s photographing. Check out images from the series throughout, followed by more work from the artist through his official website here.

Mandy Wong

Culture Editor at Unrated, Born and raised in L.A 🇺🇸