RW Surf Shop

By Cory Patterson

Asymmetric Magazine: Tell us about your photo series.
Cory Patterson: This body of work is from some time I spent in Oceanside with RW Surf Shop owner Cory Whitlock. We spent a few weeks chasing the swell and shooting with team rider Poopies from the series Who is J.O.B. and Jay Chaney from team Ecuador. Every morning was perfect and all of the elements really came together.

AM: What inspires you most?
CP: The ocean.

AM: What role does Southern California play in your work?
CP: It plays a huge part in my work, from the ocean to the streets. I like to include all my surroundings in my photos. These days, I find myself more in the San Diego area.

AM: What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting in the water?
CP: Not getting hit by a surf board.

AM: What is your go-to photography gear for your water shots?
CP: I shoot on a Canon with a Liquid Eye water housing.

AM: What else can we expect to see from you?
CP: Whatever the universe throws at me next.

Cory Patterson is a traveling photographer inspired by his surroundings. He is best known for shooting the ocean. You can find more his work at

Blazing Ocean Sunset