36 Exposures // Photographed by Dr. John Jones
- NOTE: Everything is printed with the artist lockup & boarder included unless otherwise noted. We can print full bleed but prefer to include the lockup.
About John Jones
“I got into photography to capture those chicken skin moments when nature just puts on a show,” reminisces Santa Cruz, California, native and Hawaii resident John Jones. Inspired by the iconic images of Don James, a dentist from LA who shot surfing from the 1930s to ’60s, Jones figured: “If dentistry gave him the freedom to pursue that, it’s something I should look into.” Most of Jones’ surf photography started in the late ’70s, when he finished dental school and moved back to Hawaii for good. “I mostly shot my South Shore friends, like Buttons, Mark Liddell, Larry Bertlemann, Michael and Derek Ho. I tried to get shots the full-time photographers weren’t getting, like outer islands, hot amateurs, local rippers, scenics, girl surfers, and lineups. I gave away a lot of my shots and, as a result, ended up with more than a few new dental patients.” Jones would reschedule his dental practice and take off work whenever a really good swell or contest was expected, or take a three-hour lunch to shoot Ala Moana when The Bowl was breaking. “Photography was really a hobby and I did it purely for the love,” Jones admits. “It is so much fun, but the pay is very low.” In 1983, Jones’ photo of Simon Anderson at Pipe landed the cover of Surfing Magazine. “It was the first US cover shot of a surfer riding a thruster,” he says. “There was also a poster of me at Ala Moana in Surfing’s “Poster Annual” taken by Warren Bolster around 1974–– I don’t know of any other surf photographer who has both shot posters and been in one.”