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Punahou Bulletin

Clark's shot "Rainbow Shave Ice", a photo of a North Shore wave at sunset, featured on the cover in this season's Punahou Bulletin. The article "Kuana'ike" also includes an inner page spread of Clark's photo "Crystal Ball", along with shots from other photographers who attended or are affiliated with Punahou. Punahou is the school in Hawaii where Clark's father taught photography in the 1970's. Their family moved from Napa to Hawaii for this job. Clark also attended Punahou's elementary school.

Punahou Bulletin - Cover - Rainbow Shave Ice


Shot from inside a North Shore wave, just as a tropical sunset spread its colors across the high clouds. A strobe light, attached to the top of the camera, was inserted into the moving wave, and flashed at this perfect moment, illuminating the water and ocean floor beneath. Colors and shapes from three worlds – land, sky and water – converge together. The difference is stark between a picture of a wave shot from shore, and a picture of the shore shot from inside a wave. My in-water photography tries to capture this uncommon perspective – looking out at the world from inside the ocean. Shooting from the water, not only turns things around, but flips things inside out. Literally.

Punahou Bulletin - Inside page with Crystal Ball image


A surfer’s view out of a shorebreak wave breaking in the crystal clear water of O‘ahu’s North Shore. Time is frozen, creating an opportunity to inspect up close a unique phenomenon. The wave not only frames the outside world within the opening of the tube, but casts a lens on its surroundings, warping and transforming the environment around it.

My first exposure to photography was at Punahou, where my father, Jim Little, taught photography in the 1970s. I was just an elementary school kid hanging out with my dad in the darkroom after school and on the weekends. At that time, and for the next 30 years, I had no idea this would become my career. I didn’t catch the photography bug until I was in my 40s. My advice is to keep your eyes wide open and pay close attention to everything around you, today and every day. What is happening right now in your life could very well have significant influence on your future.

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