Matt Lyons, 6:35 am. All Images © Chris Sembrot
Cheesesteaks, the Eagles, the Phillies, Hall & Oates, the Roots, the Liberty Bell and surfers.
Within the city limits of Philadelphia lies an enclave of dedicated surfers who high tail it out of the city at 5am, drive over an hour each way just to catch a few waves during a swell, which, in the Northeast, is from Fall-Spring. Philadelphia-based photographer Chris Sembrot was inspired to photograph “urban surfers” by a few surfer friends who, Sembrot says, “took me under their wings and suffered with the humiliation (that I still bring when I go out with them) of helping a newbie.” Sembrot got the ball rolling from one post on Facebook recruiting “urban surfers” and cites Instagram as an additional source putting him in touch with new subjects and an easy outlet to share new images. All images are shot with available light, usually around 6am for consistency, and uses locations no more than a block from each subject’s home. Check out more of Sembrot’s work here.
Jaxon Red, 5:56am.
Alex and Ann Peltz, 6:10am
Howard McCabe, 6:05am
Matt Imbrogno, 6:04am
Marco and Samone, 6:25am