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Celebrate summer with Surf in the City

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Third instalment in season 3 of Fotolia’s TEN project sees Paul Ripke and Nick Ainley team up

Surf in the City by Paul Ripke and Nick Ainley

Fotolia’s TEN project continues apace with the release of the third instalment in season 3. Surf in the City, created by German photographer Paul Ripke and British digital artist Nick Ainley, features champion wakeboarder Frederic van Osten in a futuristic rendition of Ripke’s home city of Hamburg.


According to Ripke, the creation is a beautiful example of teamwork. “Diversity always helps achieve better results,” he says, and collaborating on the TEN piece is the perfect example of this. One of the main reasons he became involved in the TEN project is because he enjoys working with people from different countries, and loves combining styles in order to create something unique.


Illustrator Nick Ainley, who joined the TEN project largely because he wanted to work with Ripke, agrees. “Collaborating is very entertaining, especially when your respective styles are different. We had a lot of fun with this international project,” he says. “Working with a photographer like Paul Ripke was an offer I couldn’t refuse,” admits the digital illustrator.


In order to follow the artists’ creative progression, from the day they met, to the unveiling of the final artwork, a making-of video will be available as of July 10th, 2014 at as well as on TEN’s official YouTube channel. You can watch the video here.


The PSD file of Surf in the City, complete with layers, filters, camera settings, and other materials used, such as photos taken by Paul Ripke and Fotolia images used to create the piece, will also be available for free download on July 10th by going to The photos used to create the artwork, as well as ten other shots will also be for sale on

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