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Break From Reality

Photography & Passage by Dustin Gil

It’s just part of life, living in San Diego.

You see it on your way to school, or on your way home. Growing up here, the ocean is just an aspect of your life. Whether you’re just watching it having your morning coffee, fishing, or surfing in it, its always there.

I can’t imagine not living next to it.

I’m lucky enough to have friends who are good surfers, and a Nikonos film camera, so I always have something good to shoot, as long as the waves are decent enough. Swimming out with your camera in hand at sunset with a couple of your buddies in December is really a unique feeling I can’t describe. You can show up to the ocean with your brain running wild about deadlines, money, future… but when you get out into the ocean, all that stuff goes away.

Like a break from reality and the real world, the ocean kind of clears your mind, and you can’t help but leave feeling rejuvenated with a better outlook.











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