I was up late last night browsing Patagonia’s blog, The Cleanest Line.  My 1:00am web surfing session paid off when I came across one of the most inspiring and beautifully shot short films I’ve seen, ever.

Mickey Smiths, Darkside Of The Lens has won more than a handful of awards including Best short at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival and Best Cinematography at the 5Point Film Festival in 2011.

“I never set out to become anything in-particular, only to live creatively and push the scope of my experience through adventure and through passion”

A surf film? Yes, but so much more.


Kyle FitzPatrick is a photographer and editor for OMM.  In-between time spent behind the lens or in front of a computer you can find him surfing, skating, dabbling…well, doing all sorts of stuff.

About The Author

Lauren Rains is the editor at large of Outdoor Minded Mag. She is struck by wanderlust, and spends most waking hours of her life either exploring the outdoors around the globe or working on various passion projects be it film to microadventures to cooking chili. You can read about her adventures in life, biz and travel on her blog TheMadToLive.com, and catch up with her on Twitter at @LaurRAINS.