To be fair, Clark Little’s photographs have been exhibited in the hallowed halls of the Smithsonian before. He’s a regular at the Washington, D.C., institution’s award ceremonies. In May 2011, he took home not one, but two honors for nature and endangered species photography.
In October 2015, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History came knocking again. This time, Little’s image of two waves colliding on the North Shore of Oahu is included in a 20-year retrospective entitled Nature’s Best Photography. If that name doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about Little’s shorebreak photographs and the company they keep artistically, the subtitle of the exhibition will drive it home: Best of the Best. Little’s picture, “Mohawk,” is on display through August 2016 and is one of 113 photos selected among 500,000 submissions for the show.
Yeah. He’s that good.
If you don’t recognize his shots right away, an awareness will probably start to creep into your consciousness soon enough. His work has been featured everywhere from fine galleries to The Surfer’s Journal and the home page of Yahoo. He’s the guy whose love of the ocean overrides the fact that his job is effectively getting pummeled by dredging surf.
Gauging by his Instagram feed, he’s also a lover of donuts, his family, petite dogs, and living aloha. Enough words. Onto the ocean.