Adam Walker loves to put photos "on the line". Good News, his photos are fantastic to look at. We caught-up with him to hear about his hometown, where he draws inspiration from and exciting projects coming up. Check out more of his stuff on Instagram @admwlkr
Where are you from Originally?
Surf City, USA. I grew up in Huntington Beach, California and have since spent many glorious days sliding its legend-laden lineups and many magical nights roaming its seaside streets.
Where did you draw your inspiration for photography?
Photos are such incredible medium for storytelling. I love looking at the works of other photogs and all the incredible ways they tell life’s stories. I get psyched on shots that make me stop and think. I’m inspired by imagining all the little, intangible things that lead up to an amazing photo. Those sort intricacies and behind-the-scene things fascinate me. Whether it’s a sensational snap from an OG legend or fresh perspective from local lensman, I try to fill my brain with as much visual gold as possible. Seeing their perfect moments preserved makes me want to go out and capture my own.
If you could take a trip anywhere in the world tomorrow where and who would you go with and why?
Funny you ask... I’ve actually got a couple bucket-list trips coming up with some seriously rad humans. Hypothetically, I would drop everything and head to Europe with the crew I surf with at home. There’d be 5 or 6 of us in total. We’d roam all over. Hit Spain, France, Portugal. Our little posse is long overdue for full-on group adventure. We’d lose our minds over there... in a good way.
What do you do when the surf in flat?
Oh man... It ain’t pretty. I kind of lose it if I’m out of the water for too long. If the surf is absolutely unridable, I’m either running amok with my favorite people around town, scurrying off to shoot more photos or practicing the perfect Snapchat selfie. Hello, screenshot!
What is the longest period you have gone without being in the ocean?
8 months. I blew out some crucial knee ligaments a few years back. Skateboarding. Mid-summer. Full rehab. I was bummed at first, but it was definitely a blessing in disguise. Being landlocked for that long helped fuel my photographic passion. I learned a lot.
Places to take photos:
Lately, I’ve been shooting a lot of travel stuff and surfing. So the beach gets this nod by default. I really enjoy shooting anywhere foreign. Creatively, I love the challenge of being in a place for the first time and actively seeking out its most beautiful qualities. The views. The light. I get a rush from tapping into that new energy.
Type of Music:
Anything that has a groove to it! Something vibey. Anyone who follows my Starred playlist on Spotify can attest to the fact that I’ve got an incurable case of music A.D.D… I wear my dance pants at all times.
My go-to mantra for this year has been “If you want something you've never had, you've got to do something you've never done." Simple enough, right?
Type of Food:
Supermarket Japanese food. You know, that really crappy, poor excuse for “sushi” that sits in one of those stale shin-high shelves all day? Bleh. Give me some authentic, home-style handrolls with hot sake and let’s talk!
“Good things come to those who wait.” Dumb. If you genuinely want something, go out and get it.
Means of Transportation:
This is going to sound really bad, but… walking. It takes forever!
Where do you live now?
Out of my duffel bag. Ha!
Is it RAD? Why or Why not?
Like any place, Southern California is as RAD as you make it. A lot of people loathe it (HB in particular). It’s built up, crowded more often than not and certainly sees a crazy influx of out-of-towners invading its shores on a regular basis. That said, it’s home sweet home and I love it unconditionally. There are plenty of silver linings if you know where to look…
Adam's work below: Check out admwlkr on Instagram to see more rad stuff.