Lucia Griggi is an internationally renowned european surf photographer and artist.
The only child of a Venetian father and an English mother, Lucia is a little bit Marco Polo and a little bit Captain Cook. She has been traveling her whole life, but since 2000 she has been lugging all her camera gear around the world and back, photographing as far north as Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, as far south as South Australia. In the Far East she photographed Morocco from the backs of camels and in the west, she has photographed the surfing lifestyle along the Californian coast: Sri Lanka, The Maldives, Tahiti, Fiji, Hawaii, Morocco, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, France, Spain, Portugal, Canary Islands, South Africa, Lucia’s passport is bulging with stamps, and her hard drives are bulging with tens of thousands of images, shot around the world.
See a little, and you want to see a lot. See a lot, and you want to see a lot more. And if by chance you see it all, you can start all over again, because change is a constant. Becoming a photographer has given me a chance to realize what I genuinely believe is my destiny: to travel the world and understand it. I began as a surf photographer, obsessed with the search for the perfect wave. But that search has lead me on paths away from the beach, to worlds I didn’t know existed. Getting to know the unknown is now my passion.
Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Jersey (Channel Islands) off the coast of France. I was raised between Venice, Italy and London, England.
What inspires you to do what you do and why do you do it?
My constant drive to live life to the full. By waking up in the morning and having passion to accomplish, through my photography, not just another day but a day to remember by filling it with fun and fulfilment.
Where did your journey as an artist begin?
It began through my love of travel, exploration and the unknown. Following the surf around the world lead me to some pretty special and unique places. Having a camera in hand meant I could have a job that I loved whilst carrying on to another destination of my choice.
How did you eventually get you where you are today?
Through persistence and living in hope that ill never have to spend a day in the office and can carry on living this dream of living each day to its full.
What would you consider to be unique about your work compared to similar photographers, artists or designers?
Its hard to know, I’m always comparing myself to other photographers and seeing what I can do better to push myself. No one eye and perspective is the same so this would make us all unique, right?!
What do you consider to be your favourite project to date?
Working for National Geo in Srilanka, tracing down leopards in the jungle.
What tools or techniques do you use to produce your work?
I love working with Lens baby lenses and manipulating my focus. Apart from that I just look through a small box and record what I see.
Favourite Surfer: Lets go for Dane Reynolds and Craig Anderson.
Favourite Surf Spot: Lowers, Trestles, and some points in Morocco!
Idol: My parents!
Favourite thing to relax: Listen to music and imagine.
“Lucia is one of those rare photographers who gives you a real insight into the subject. As a female surf photographer in a male dominated world she does a wonderful job of depicting female surfers, letting their beauty shine through in a natural way. Also she’s not scared to take risks be it under a wave in Fiji or bouncing around in a tiny boat at Teahupoo. Hardworking and dedicated, it’s great to be involved with Lucia. “
Louise Searle, Editor Surfgirl Magazine
“As well as a great photographer, she’s a fantastic role model for women, breaking through in not just one, but two male dominated industries – surfing and photography”
Geoff Swallow, Secretspot Gallery, UK
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