ISO 400: Ben Moon Talks About Life on the Road

Aerial image shot from a small single engine Cessna plane of professional surfer Peter Mel outrunning a 25 foot plus wave after it broke while competing in the 2009 Nelscott Reef big wave surf contest in Lincoln City, Oregon.   Contestants were using the assistance of personal watercraft for transport to the reef which is nearly 3/4 of a mile offshore, as well as for safety and to tow in to catch the waves. image © 2009 Ben Moon www.benmoon.com

Peter Mel outruns a wave at Nelscott Reef, Oregon www.benmoon.com

All images are copyrighted and used with permission by Ben Moon.

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Ben Moon, a photographer and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon. Moon recently released a short film he worked on called “Denali,”  a beautifully touching tribute to his dog of 14 and a half years who joined him on all of his travels in his nomadic career. Moon’s photographed everything from climbers on mountainsides to surfers under the waves and bands in the studio. There’s a deep level of humanity and emotion in all of his work, both his photographs and his films.

A selection of Moon’s work, his film Denali, and the episode are below. If you’d like to see more of his work, check out his website or follow him on Instagram, TwitterFacebook and Vimeo.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

 

Denali from FELT SOUL MEDIA on Vimeo.

Ben Moon and his dog Denali relaxing on the Oregon coast while waiting for the surf to clean up.

Ben Moon and his dog Denali relaxing on the Oregon coast while waiting for the surf to clean up.

Maui

Maui

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Filippa Edghill – artist

Modest Mouse © 2015 Ben Moon

Modest Mouse © 2015 Ben Moon

Mya the van and The Norwagon crew - Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway

Mya the van and The Norwagon crew – Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway

portrait of photographer Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson – photographer

Modest Mouse © 2015 Ben Moon

Modest Mouse © 2015 Ben Moon

Belinda Baggs ducking underneath a wave in New South Wales, Australia

Belinda Baggs ducking underneath a wave in New South Wales, Australia

Sonnie Trotter climbing the obscure and difficult crack called "The Great Red Roof" 5.13 in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada

Sonnie Trotter climbing the obscure and difficult crack called “The Great Red Roof” 5.13 in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada