The lobby of a five-star hotel in the middle of a heaving metropolis like Hong Kong is not one of the first places you'd expect to meet Morgan Maassen.
香港这样一个繁华大都市最中心的五星级酒店大堂,你并不会期待在这里第一次见到Morgan Maassen。

You might not immediately recognize his name.

But chances are you've stumbled upon the Californian's work, whether it's an enormous Corona campaign image plastered across the double-decker bus on your morning commute or one of those gorgeous desktop background images that brighten up your MacBook.

The 27-year-old photographer/filmmaker gained acclaim through his passion for capturing the ocean and the enthusiasts who use it as their playground.

His breathtaking style and genre soon caught the eye of top corporate clients, including Nike, Corona, Apple, Mercedes-Benz and Samsung, not to mention every major surf brand.

As we depart the hotel and head towards one of Hong Kong's busiest neighborhoods, we discuss travel, style and inspiration -- and why he's one of the most sought-after names in the industry.

"Everything I make is like a postcard of somewhere I have gone or something I have really enjoyed," says Maassen.
“我所做的一切就像一张明信片,记录了我去过的某个地方或我真正喜欢的东西。” Maassen说。

Maassen is a self-professed traveler at heart and little appears to intimidate him. He continually puts his life in danger capturing some of the most recognizable names in the surfing industry, such as Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore and John John Florence, while avoiding sharks, riptides and massive crashing walls of water.

It's these extreme conditions that help streamline his creative process.

Negotiating traffic through central Kowloon, a far cry from the crystal-clear waters of the South Pacific, Maassen explains the origins of his deep lust for capturing the seas.

We exit the taxi and are thrown into Hong Kong's controlled chaos. Immediately Morgan takes out his Red Weapon camera and begins to roll.

There is a calmness and subtlety about him as he captures the overwhelming scenes that engulf him and it's apparent he's as at home in this environment as any other.

"I find a lot of inspiration in cities, whether it is appreciating the art and culture and people or having some time alone to just walk around and appreciate technology and infrastructure."

"Or just to be somewhere new. I have always enjoyed that equally as much as being on a random beach or being on top of a mountain by myself."

Traveling is the foundation of Maassen's work, with the photographer and filmmaker spending most of his time on the road. He says that it's a way of opening his mind to the greater unknown.