Shot by photographer Joni Sternbach who uses the historic tintype photography technique (not sure exactly what that is), this series of portraits capture surfers and their environment in a kind of anthropological way - fierce sunburned faces stare out of the frame, with sometimes only a wetsuit detail giving away the era.
"These photographs are of the surfers in Montauk's Ditch Plains, at the eastern end of Long Island. Joni describes them as "persistent elements in a shifting scene."
"The singular, primitive act of surfing on the water is eclipsed by the social and negotiated state of human interaction on the shore. The surfers act as a bridge between the sea as an unbridled force of nature and the shore line, a place of leisure and cultural phenomena." - Joni Sternbach