Santiago Nicolas Videla is a thirty-five year old surfer and photographer living around the Mar del Plata area in Argentina’s coastal city.
Since he was eighteen Santiago has been capturing the beach scenes of his local breaks, attempting to show how the ordinary people live and surf each day. Like many of us, he is not interested in the competition circuit, and is more interested in capturing the real lives of those sharing his city’s beach life. He photographs anything which captures his and our imagination, from sunbathers to children journeying to and from school.
“Mar del Plata is the most important beach city in Argentina. We have different spots for different styles. The most well-known are Playa Grande beach, Waikiki beach and Varese beach. Playa Grande suffers from a fairly high level of localism, so I prefer Waikiki with my longboard.”
While many of us have moved to digital photography, Santiago still uses film equipment, shooting on 35mm or 120mm film as much as possible; the colour, depth and light conditions captured by film are still the real deal. However like many of us he alternates between formats, shooting on digital for its cost-effectiveness and speed.