About LQID 

“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” - W. H. Auden 

At LQID we surround ourselves with water in many forms. We live and breathe in and around salty ocean air, high elevation lakes and bottomless powder. Liquid is all around us and inside each of us. LQID Imagery is a celebration of our connection to all forms of liquid through stunning art and design.


Our Founder 


LQID is the body of work by award winning photographer, Dave “Nelly” Nelson. Nelly is a veteran water photographer with countless magazine covers and spreads to his name. After spending years as a senior photographer at TransWorld Surf Magazine, Dave now shoots freelance for domestic and international publications. Major action sports brands such as Vans, O’Neill, Fox, and Reef commonly contract Dave to shoot on location for trips locally and abroad. As one of the best action water photographers in the world, he commonly finds himself in the right place at the right time to produce stunning images. Dave’s personal relationships and mutual respect with some of the most elite athletes in the world gives him access to the best action at the best locations. 

Dave’s dedication to surfing and skateboarding is matched by his values as a person. A true family man, Dave cares about is daughter and wife above all and is devoted to his community of Santa Cruz. A consummate role model for young athletes coming out of his hometown, Dave has helped pave the way for some of the best young talent in the surfing world.

In addition to seeing Dave’s work on the covers of surfing magazines, his artwork can also be found in galleries and resorts around the globe including the Ritz-Carlton, Chaminade Resort to name a few…