Heat Wave – Brooklyn, New York

I found myself walking North towards the bodega on a hot and humid afternoon in Brooklyn. Sweat clung to every inch of cotton covering my body. I saw a rushing flow of water underfoot as I stepped up the curb, and panned my head right towards its source. Abruptly pivoting 90° I found a few people from the neighborhood enjoying an open fire hydrant, spraying anyone who wanted to get wet, and sometimes playing jokes on pedestrians who tried to avoid the torrent. The cops even stopped by for a quick wash, and we sent them on their way with a small volley of water balloons. I added a few videos of the antics to my SnapChat (RyanStruckPhoto) and hung around with my camera to photograph the fun.

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Reilly Stone – Addicted to the Glide

I’m happy to share a short film I shot and directed in Santa Cruz about a longboarder named Reilly Stone. I’ve been hanging with the Stone family for a few years now; staying with them in Northern California is usually the highlight of my time in the Golden State. In February I flew to the West Coast to escape the cold winter of New York and make some personal work in film. I’ve told a bit of Reilly’s story through still images and writing, and I thought it was time to make a video showing his surfing prowess, but to also give viewers a feel for who he is as a person.

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Dream Travel to Iceland

Most winters I’m lucky that my work takes me to warm locales such as California and Hawaii. And when work isn’t calling, I am booking my own flights somewhere with warm lighting and gorgeous light. Working as a local in Los Angeles has it’s perks (escaping Brooklyn’s cold winter). When A travel deal popped up to Iceland in December, the start of a NY winter, without hesitation I booked my tickets.

It has been a dream of mine to see the Northern Lights. While in Alaska’s Denali National Park in 2014 I was hiking, camping and photographing grizzlies. Each night we made camp, waited for total darkness and each night… it rained. After spending 4 nights rained out without getting the chance to see the clear skies lighting up with the aurora’s brilliance, I knew I needed a redo.

If you’re after this wonderful natural sight too, and are headed to Iceland, I have a few suggestions for you. Check out the weather radar and make sure you are aiming for clear skies. Leave the comfort of the busy cities and let darkness settle in. A great resource for the Northern Lights Forecast can be found here and for finding dark skies check out this link. That’s your basic formula for seeing this indescribable beauty. I was there in March and full darkness occurred around 10:30 pm, so make sure you have a thermos full of hot tea or coffee cause you have to be a night owl to witness it.

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Sayulita, Mexico

In February I flew to Santa Cruz, California to film a short piece on Reilly Stone, an up and coming longboarder. We shot in Santa Cruz and the surrounding areas as Reilly spoke to me about waves, family and his aspirations. His surfing is a treat and truly special when filmed from the water. We had a blast! That video will be released in the coming weeks.

From California we headed to Sayulita, Mexico where Reilly surfed in an international longboard competition. Mexico was filled with music, local culture and of course tacos. Here are a few still images I captured along the way and a few more can be seen on my Instagram: @RyanStruck

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Lilly Pulitzer – Underwater Filmmaking

This year has been a off to a great start for my work in filmmaking. I have a lot to catch you all up on here, but I’ll start with the Lilly Pulitzer videos I helped out with in January, shot on location in the Florida Keys. Friends of mine at the production company One Thousand Percent hired me to operate the camera underwater for a few scenes. I was really excited to work alongside some of my favorite people on such a fun and interesting job. Check out the underwater slices added to the videos below!

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Rent Asbury Park Commercial

2016 has started with bang! I’m happy to share a commercial I directed and produced for the launch of RentAsburyPark.com, now live! The two minute lifestyle video needed to represent the demographic of new renters in the city of Asbury Park, New Jersey a.k.a. “Brooklyn by the Beach.” As a former Asbury resident, I was ecstatic to direct a video depicting what there is to do in town while keeping true to Asbury’s beach and artsy vibes. Scenes were inspired by my Asbury Park adventures with friends including some of my favorite places to go. We rode bikes to the beach and got coffee, as well as shopped and dined on Cookman Ave. Recently named one of the top 10 places to live by Travel + Leisure Magazine, Asbury Park is fast becoming New Jersey’s premiere destination.

Big thanks to my entire crew for helping everything run smoothly, and so happy RentAsburyPark.com is over the moon with the outcome. Below you’ll find some behind the scenes photos.

Indoor locations in appearance are: Cafe Volan, Red Moon, and The Bonney Read. Thanks for opening your doors and businesses to serve as iconic Asbury locations.

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Surfing in the Snow

For the past 6 years I’ve been fascinated with cold water surfing. The frigid Atlantic along the Jersey Shore where I cut my teeth swimming my camera in the dead of winter often before, during and after a heavy blizzard. Donning a 5 mil wetsuit, hood, gloves and boots I’ve swam my camera in water as cold as 36 degrees and windchill as frigid as below zero. When ducking underwater as a set approaches, a dull ice cream headaches creeps into your eyelids and settles into your forehead. Take a bad enough beating from a heavy wave and your cognition fades ever so slightly. Documenting the sport of surfing in wintertime has been an incredible experience where I’ve made friends, celebrated waves and pursued my passion on my own terms.

Please see my entire Surf Portfolio here: RyanStruck.com

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