If your life is spent simply observing and documenting what you see, are you ever really present? It’s this willingness to go unnoticed, to hide in the shadows and sacrifice personal notoriety for the sake of one’s art, that remains a hallmark of the very best watermen.

I’ve been fairly obsessed with surfing this past year. There are many reasons, but Dark Side of the Lens, a short film by the photographer Mickey Smith, communicates, with visual eloquence, what that pull into the depths of the ocean is all about. If you haven’t seen this, it’s fully worth a view.