Earlier this month, Thompson Homonnay Photography and art director Nyssa Zinn worked on a shoot for MeWater Foundation and City Surf Project to document the work that they do. MeWater is a non-profit group that provides day and overnight camps to kids, teens and families. They believe in the power of mental health, mindfulness, empowerment and the benefits of the great outdoors, including, of course, the ocean. City Surf Project’s mission is to connect urban youth to the ocean and teach them life skills through surfing.
“Both organizations are focused on bringing the joy and overwhelming magic of the ocean to kids, teens and families who may not otherwise be able to have that experience,” Nyssa explained. “We were so honored to photograph this foundation,” Ashley and Ana of Thompson Homonnay told us. “What a wonderful group of people doing such important work.”
For Nyssa, this project came primed with already-gorgeous facets. “A lot of the work I do involves creating something beautiful to then photograph,” she said. “But this work involved taking elements that were already so beautiful, like the ocean and the true power it can have on your mind and body. This project was easy for me to fall in love with because there’s nothing I believe in more than the sacred power of the ocean.”
The most important thing that Nyssa took away from the day was the feeling of inspiration from the founders, volunteers and surf participants. “It’s easy sometimes to forget that the simplest things can be the best,” she said. “The founders of both projects take what they love the most in the world and share it with others. It’s really a pretty simple idea, but one that I so often forget to do.”
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