Ford Archbold – Samoa ankle injury
In case you didnt know, Ford Archbold is out for a couple months due to an ankle brake that he sustained in Samoa 3 weeks ago. It happened on a Surfing Mag trip and everyone that was there was saying Ford was ripping on the first day just lapping everybody, than the injury occured early the second day of the trip. Ford was ripping so haRD the first day that he still got a bunch of shots and footage before the injury occured. He said it was an overhead wave that compressed him and kinda shattered his back right foot.
So i wanted to get a picture of him on his new best friends, his crutches. Its classic to see Ford’s style really show when he is on the aluminum arm extenders. So I had 1 4×5 polaroid left i saved for this shot, but there was no plate for my tripod. I then set a focus on the back put in the film and hand held my 4×5 to get this shot of Ford getting in Jared Mell’s van right before goin on a roadtrip/Tomorrows Tulips show in Santa Barbara. The suitcase in the lower righthand corner was a handmade gift from Alex Knost to Ford for his 21st birthday few months back, Its says, “FOrd is Cool”. Ford didnt want it in the shot but i tricked him into keeping it in there. The composition is way off and i somehow didnt frame Ford’s shoes and boot, he had on some red converse that really tied his outfit together i thought. All in all, the shot is okay, hand held 4×5 is not a highly advised method of photography. I really wanna get another shot before he takes that boot off, got 2 months to do it. Get better Ford, we are already missing you in the water.