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My adventures will take me to many different countries in S. America in search for the perfect wave to photograph.
My adventures will take me to many different countries in S. America in search for the perfect wave to photograph.
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WHO I AM:

Aloha guys, my name is Kenji Croman. I'm a wave photographer living here in Hawaii.

 I have grown to reflect upon my life visually through images from photographs. I quickly discovered my passion for capturing the beauty of the world through my camera. My art is my photography, it's my voice.

I won't inundate you with my life story or accomplishments, but I have listed below some noteworthy achievements to demonstrate the seriousness with which I approach my work:

  1. Recently featured on CNN 
  2. Currently featured in the Innov8 Magazine
  3. Featured on www.amazingpics.com 
  4. Featured on www.thisiscolossal.com
  5. Mentioned by LA Times Photography
  6. Featured Front Page artist on www.theinertia.com, one of the most popular and famous surfing websites
  7. 12 page article in the upcoming Digital Photographer Magazine – Europe
  8. Front Cover prints for Hawaiian Telcom Yellow Pages for 3 years in a row with millions of front cover copies printed in Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaiian islands.
Wave Image
Wave Image

The Goal

My goal is to travel with my wife to South America and photograph some of the worlds most beautiful and untouched waves...Most of the waves in South America that I plan to go to have never been seen because of their remote locations, and they certainly have not been photographed the way I would like to do it. Different beaches have different breaks, and each wave is unique. With my experience and my unique style as an artist, I'm confident I'll be able to photograph these stunning waves in a creative and picturesque way. I also am eager to print these images on metal print, which holds the vibrant colors and gives the images a distinct and realistic feel. I’m looking forward to the adventure and challenge. 

Inspiration:

My inspiration has always been the ocean. For most of my life I’ve been a bodysurfer, always trying to find the best waves to catch around the island and even on other islands. I learned that each wave is unique, and there have been hundreds of times I’ve been in a beautiful barrel thinking to myself, “this is amazing, I wish my friends and family could see this!”

In 2003, I was eating dinner at Jamesons By The Sea. They had a large photo of a wave in their restaurant, it must have been at least 5ft high and 7 ft wide. It was such a beautiful shot and they were selling it! The photo was thousands of dollars and at the time I was broke. I remember wanting that photo so bad too.

 A few years later I moved to South East Asia where I discovered my true passion, photography and in 2006 I bought my first waterhousing and since then I’ve been trying to capture some of the most amazing shots for people to enjoy. I try to think outside the box by using different techniques and styles, different lighting, different angles.

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South American Countries to Visit
South American Countries to Visit

My wife and I are also saving up to use our own funds to travel to to South America.. The funds I raise will help with the makings of the prints, travel expense and the production of the wave images on metal surface . 

Rewards:

Remember, this is not a charity plea. If you enjoy my artwork you get something in return. 


I've done months of research on what the best rewards would be to offer by backers. I will be using some of my most popular images that were sold in galleries. I refuse to print on cheap quality paper to save money, I want my artwork displayed as best as possible so I only use top quality,



  -  Some rewards include Glossy postcards
  -  Calendars
  -  Images printed on Pearl paper (highest paper quality)
  -  Images printed on Metal (you'll be amazed, nothing is better!)
  -  Signed Photos
  -  Limited Editions for Kickstarter Supporters only

   *** Images printed on Metal (you'll be amazed, nothing is better!) ***

Prints on Pearl Paper
Prints on Pearl Paper
Images are not limited to only waves. Choose from existing portfolio of photos.
Images are not limited to only waves. Choose from existing portfolio of photos.
Images are not limited to only waves. Choose from existing portfolio of photos.
Images are not limited to only waves. Choose from existing portfolio of photos.

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    Updates about the trip and a 5×7 Postcard from quality photo paper from your choice of 1 out of 5 images to choose from.

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    Calendar - 12 Page Full color 8½" x 11" format with metal spiral binding on premium gloss paper.

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    Updates about the trip and a 7×10 Wave Image with glossy coating and mentioned on website, Signed.

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    Updates about the trip and a 12×18 Wave Image with Metallic Print (very high quality but NOT to be confused with Metal Print), Signed

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    12 x 18 Canvas Thin Wrap - Satin Laminated with Mounting Block - Signed and Shipped.

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    12 x 18 Printed on Metal Surface - Includes a floating frame, just hang. Signed. This is better than the metallic print because it's actually printed in the metal. This is an extremely good deal because it's very expensive to produce.

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    Updates about the trip and a 16×24 Wave Image on Pearl Paper (one of the highest quality available) mounted on 2mm Styrene – black board. Signed

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    Updates about the trip and a 20×30 Metal Print, floating frame, super high gloss, limited edition for kickstarter, sells for $1,500+ in galleries here in Hawaii – Signed

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    Updates about the trip and a 40×60 Wave Image on Metal, optional rounded corner (several of them are currently being displayed in prestige restaurants in Maui), needs to be shipped in a custom crate because it’s so big. Name the image, limited edition – Signed

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