It was a foggy cold Friday in May when I discovered Rockaway Beach...I still remember my first steps on the beach, looking at the surf break and surfers appearing through the fog. There was an energy that spoke to me, that day sparked my love affair between my lens, surfer and the ocean.
The idea of being an insider, photographing these transient moments and the desire to experience it was my sexy daydream. I spent years immersing myself in the New York surf culture, getting to know the community, constantly learning about the ocean. On the beach everything is raw, uncontrolled and spontaneous. I am in the arms of the ocean. The light changes constantly and every wave is different. The surfer is my art form, and the ride is their expression. It is a creative conversation, an exchange. As a photographer I chase the light. The surfer chases the ride. When all the variables line up, we share a perfect, fleeting moment.
Originally from Bucharest, Romania, Andreea Water's work is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of the City of New York.