The Inertia

My name is Adam Burns and I’m from San Diego, California. I grew up in the Point Loma area. When I was 12 years old, my family made a bold life decision and moved us to Todos Santos, Baja California Sur. I lived there for five years. It was a trip moving from posh suburbia to a tiny dirt town with a population of 3,000 and one traffic light. This is where I learned to surf. It was pretty incredible: epic waves, warm water and basically no crowds ever. I attended Mexican schools for a couple years, then did my first three years of high school in a home-study program with my dad as the teacher. Every morning we’d go surf then hit the books. Eventually, being a typical teenager, I wanted a social life and the “high school experience” (in retrospect: what was I thinking?). So, in 1998, I moved back to California and lived with some relatives while attending my senior year of high school. That year, I took a photography class and got absolutely hooked on taking photos.

I should add that the surf water shots were taken with a Nikonos v, an old school dive camera. The 35mm ones were shot with a mixed bag of old Nikons, a Minolta point & shoot, and a Canon EOS 3. The medium format shot is taken with the Fuji gf670. I much prefer shooting film to digital and would totally be shooting my surf movies on 16mm if it wasn’t so damn expensive.

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