As if transforming your passions into a business until they become a lifestyle, Gabe Sullivan has refined his style over the years.
In addition to photography and a modelling career, the Californian native is most notable for his column, ‘Curious Gabe’ which ran for almost two decades: each month, he traveled in his 1972 Volkswagen van posing offbeat questions to ten complete strangers from young aspiring surfers to old-timers, documenting his adventures on the pages of Surfer Magazine.
TELL US WHERE YOUR LABOR OF LOVE ALL STARTED?
I studied photojournalism in college and landed an internship at Surfer Magazine during my junior year. Once I got to Surfer, I never went back to school. I was 110% focused on what I wanted, which was to be shooting and writing full time for the magazine. I was totally determined and would show up early and stay late. I ate, slept and breathed Surfer Magazine. I got my first article published within a year. Eventually, I went on to write a monthly column that ran for over 18 years.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON?
Currently, I’m carving out a living shooting editorial, advertising and lifestyle photography projects and showing work at various exhibitions.
CAN YOU SHARE WITH US YOUR MOST MEMORABLE TRIP?
Free- diving and surfing in Cabo San Lucas will not soon be forgotten. The water was so incredibly warm and clear and the waves were really clean and fun. We happened to be there during a meteor shower and saw the most spectacular shooting stars of our lives.
WHAT CITY DO YOU FEEL THE MOST AFFINITY WITH?
San Francisco holds a special place in my heart. It’s where I was born and I still cherish my memories of going to the Exploratorium and bike riding at Golden Gate Park as a kid.
WHAT’S IT LIKE LIVING IN LAGUNA BEACH?
The beauty of Laguna Beach never gets old. It’s hard to have a bad day here.
I was 110% focused on what I wanted, which was to be shooting and writing full time for the magazine. I was totally determined and would show up early and stay late.
WOULD YOU SAY YOU HAVE A CONSIDERED SENSE OF STYLE?
Along with exercising, eating healthy and getting enough sleep, I think getting dressed in the morning is an underrated opportunity to improve self-esteem. It’s noticeably harder to feel like shit when I’m wearing clothing that fits well, is made well and has a timeless aesthetic.
Along with exercising, eating healthy and getting enough sleep, I think getting dressed in the morning is an underrated opportunity to improve self-esteem.
YOU ARE A BIG FAMILY MAN. HOW HAS FATHERHOOD CHANGED YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE?
Being a father raises the stakes on seemingly everything. There has never been a better time to man up. Every decision I make now has an impact on the life another person who is dependent on me. It’s been both the most rewarding and most challenging phase of life so far, but I wouldn’t change a thing, and I am beyond grateful for my son. There is a saying ‘only a parent knows the feeling’, and it’s so true. Until I actually became a parent, it was impossible to anticipate or comprehend the profound and endless love that exists in my heart for my son.