"Near mountains and oceans, amidst things bigger than ourselves—we give our spirits space to grow.”
Much like the art he creates, Mike Gibbons can be difficult to pin down. As a singer songwriter, he has released three albums, toured throughout the United States, and has shared the stage with successful modern Americana/Folk acts like Gregory Alan Isakov, Jonathan Coulton, and the White Buffalo. As a filmmaker, Gibbons has released three short films in the past two years with Waterlust, a filmmaking collaborative of water enthusiasts whose films have been viewed well over a million times online. His San Francisco inspired single “Swells and Storms” and it’s Waterlust music video were featured in the 2013 San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival and launched two international film expeditions in Cuba and in Peru over the course of the two years since. Gibbons has also begun to recently develop a reputation as a photographer for his dramatic land and seascape images, featuring his work at events like the Highline Festival of Surfing and at exhibitions around the San Francisco Bay Area.
For Gibbons, integrating music, film, and photography was a natural fit. “I’m drawn to the adventure of traveling to natural, wild, untouched places—I find that in those spaces I most easily find my inspiration. The music, film, and photography all comes together to create a landscape for that adventure.”
To that end, in late 2015 Gibbons released the culmination of his work over the past three years: A collection of ocean inspired photography, film, and original music called Swells and Storms. One part rock show, one part art exhibition, one part media event—Swells and Storms will tour the West Coast of the United States in an effort to bring together communities of ocean enthusiasts, inspire others to get outside and explore, as well as to highlight the concept of environmental stewardship and the surfers, scientists, and activists who all work tirelessly to keep our oceans and wildernesses active and vibrant.