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Tim Clarke owner of Tower 20 design store in Santa Monica shares why he loves Grant Rohloff Photography and how it’s a great accent piece to any space whether the style is modern, vintage or traditional.
The year was 1977 and I was in Santa Cruz with my dad (Grant), on one his surf filming excursions. We were staying with his friend Jack O’ Neill, at Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz. The O’Neill’s became known for inventing one of the first surfing wetsuit companies in the world, called “Oneill Wetsuits”.
I remember this one day, the surf came up and got really big very quickly. My dad told me to go out and that he would film my session. I was kind of scared of how big it was, but I knew both Jack and my dad, would both be watching me, so my ego kicked in right then and there. Jack let me borrow a wetsuit and surfboard he had in his living room. He had around 50 boards and wetsuits for me to chose from! The wetsuit I chose was way too big for me, but I didn’t really care, I was going to be a surf star for the day.
I had such a great time surfing in front of my dad and his friend while getting filmed, I was in surf heaven. I surfed for almost 3 hours, then paddled in, had dinner and passed out. What a great day I had with my dad and his buddy Jack!!
Lisa Izad, owner of Tylie Malibu and Armand Stansbury, owner of Stansbury Collection share why their shop walls are adorned with Grant Rohloff photos.
As part of their interior design aesthetic, hotels along the coast adorn their walls with Grant Rohloff vintage surf and beach lifestyle photos. Bill Doak, general manager of Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and Kristin Chester, marketing and communications manager of Hotel Oceana Santa Monica — both express how Rohloff images compliment their hotel’s overall design.
Chris Rohloff and Lucas da Silva, owner of Universal Art Gallery in Venice Beach, share step-by-step how to frame a Grant Rohloff photo. Produced by Lo|Ro Media.
As far back as I can remember my dad put the letter ‘R’ in recycle. During the 1970’s when hardly anyone was recycling, we would throw all our bottles and cans in separate trashcans and once a month we would trek to the recycling center in Santa Monica, something I hated doing but later realized why we did it. My dad showed by his actions how to make the planet a better place. He was way ahead of his time towards being ‘green’. – Chris Rohloff
Carrying out his father’s positive message of being kind to the environment comes full circle for Chris Rohloff, owner of Grant & Chris Rohloff Films, Inc. Because of his love for the ocean and his father, Chris has made a business and life out of both. Offering the public his father’s art to view and purchase, Rohloff has also released many images for exhibit at various galleries and venues across Southern California.
Concerned about the environment, like his father, Rohloff has researched sustainable materials for framing along with recycled photo paper to produce his images. It only makes sense for Rohloff to offer a finished product to his clients that is eco-friendly.
Since the late 1950’s and early 60’s Grant Rohloff (Chris’ father) was very conscious of the pollution problem and tried to carry a positive message through his actions and his movies. Grant made two environmental short documentary movies aptly titled “Which is my World” and “Oil Spoil” both produced from 1969-1972.
Both movies showed how big business and corporate giants were destroying our Eco System/Green House and polluting our planet. Grant’s footage showed how one big refinery had an oil spill in the ocean off the Santa Barbara coast while killing off tons of wildlife. Receiving much praise and a Cine Award from the movie industry came harsh criticism from the corporate heads of many gasoline companies.
Documentary on Grant Rohloff famous surf photographer and filmmaker in the 1950s & 60s. Narrated by Chris Rohloff and produced by Nick James.