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Bureau of Arts and Culture Presents Jack English The Surf Photographer Interview
“I look at guy’s like Jeff Hornbaker who use to make a living from photography (before digital) and he was the master photographer. I am far from a Jeff Hornbaker.” – Jack English
Jared Mell – Huntington Beach, California
Liam McNamara – Pipeline, Hawaii
Makua Rothman – The Box, Australia
Mark Healy – Pipe
Joshua TRILIEGI: Your catalogue is beautiful, diverse and modern and yet, at the same time, your images have an original and purist aesthetic that harkens back to the 1970’s. Discuss style in surf photography and explain how you go about ‘picturing ‘ images.
Jack ENGLISH: I love being different and getting a different shot from the next photographer which in the surfing world is so very challenging. If your on the North Shore of Oahu and their are 20 pros out well you’re going to have at least 20 photographers on the beach and 20 in the water shooting the same shot and for the most part shooting the same angle. When I do my shoots here in California I always make sure I am the only photographer or if I show up to a place like Malibu on a big swell and their might be 3 other photographers there I will try to sneak down the beach and get an angle in which they aren’t getting in hopes that I picked the best location in or out of the water. Every photographer has their own style, but I always try to imagine the shot I am going for months in advance for a specific surfer or location. I rarely show up to a spot and just start shooting. I put everything together with the surfer before he goes out in the water. It’s like he is my model and I communicate to him or her what type of shot or move I would like them to do. I like to be involved on what their wearing or what board their riding. I like to direct my shoots and be just as much involved if not more then the surfer. I am not like go out and surf and I will take your picture – it’s not like that for me. I am a director of my own shoots.
Donavon Frankenreiter – The Galapagos Islands
Joshua TRILIEGI: Surf culture is now a worldwide thing, for those of us on the West Coast, who grew up with it, it was and is a way of life. For the audience, its exotic and a commodity of sorts. Explain how you view the trajectory of Surf culture in the recent decades.
Jack ENGLISH: Maybe it’s not safe for me to say this based on [ the fact that] I eat, breathe and sleep surfing and surf photography, but it’s kind of boring now to an extreme. Kind of like everything has been done. To me, the late 80’s into the early 90’s was the best. The 80’s had the bright fluorescent wetsuits and the early 90’s had the momentum generation: Kelly Slater, Shane Dorian, Ross Williams, Rob Machado, etc… They took surfing to it’s highest level. These guy’s weren’t trying to dress all groovy, they just ripped at surfing. They we’re untouchable. You have guy’s now that pretty much suck at surfing, but they try to dress the part kind of like, hey I am not that good at surfing, but I will try to be the hipster or groovy guy that way I can still get paid to surf. Companies fall for it for whatever reasons based on their are so many dam brands nowadays and all of them want or think they need to sponsor someone.
Maz Quin – Off The Wall, Oahu
Joshua TRILIEGI: Share your views regarding Digital versus Film and the future of photography.
Jack ENGLISH: Digital is such a fucking copout. It’s like a musician who needs all these machines to make their music for them. Take someone like an Elton John who just needs a piano and he will kill it. All these digital photographers became photographers because it was easy, cheap and mostly no cost for film and processing. I have one friend who told me he would never had shot photos if it we’rent for digital. I think in the past before digital you had the true photographers who really loved photography. The photographers that loved going to the photo lab dropping off their film and then hours later racing back to the photo lab praying they nailed the shot. The photographers that loved the smell of the photo labs or the smell of film. On the flip side I can’t speak for the digi guy’s and say they don’t really love photographer or their not really photographers, that’s not it. I mean if I was brought up after the film era I to would most likely just be shooting digital and always question what is film. But I was brought up int he film era and my heart is for film. I have passed a point where I hate digital. I hate hard drives, cords, cards, all that shit just bugs me and then have to worry if my hard drive crashes I loose everything. I can’t handle that. How am I suppose to shoot so many wonderful images and then I am to rely on some hard drive not to crash, fuck that. I much rather have a folder full of tangible slides or negatives on my shelves and be done with it.
Geoff Brack – Brazil
Joshua TRILIEGI: Traveling to surf spots around the world is a big part of your work, how do you set up photography shoots when you are on surf excursions?
Jack ENGLISH: If I am on a shoot with a group of guy’s it’s standard we are staying in the same house together. Wake up, load the car and go to the best spot and plans on shooting as long as the waves are good. If the waves suck that is when I like to go off the beaten path and shoot photos of the local people. When I am on location I get lost from the surfers. I get in the car and drive and drive. I go places where maybe I’m not suppose to be, but I try to find locations of the local people and start shooting. I always go down the beaten path.
Kalle Karanza – Buccaneers, San Diego
Joshua TRILIEGI: There are basically two types of surf photographers, those on the coast and those in the sea, explain the challenges of getting in the water and capturing the aquatic images.
Jack ENGLISH: The guy’s who shoot from the beach are called land lovers. I really don’t like shooting from the beach at all. To me shooting from the beach is so boring with zero challenge . I really only enjoy shooting from the water. I am not going to say shooting from the water is easy and sometimes it is, but I have also swam some spots where I could barley feel my legs as I was kicking so much. The challenge for water shots is being at the right spot and at the right second. It’s a timing issue between the surfer the wave and the photographer. The surfer drops in and he can only do so much what the wave provides him to do and I have to be ready knowing exactly where he is going to do his move on the wave which is usually after the first or second bottom turn. The waves in California aren’t the longest so more times then not right when the surfer drops in he is going to hit it right away or look for a ramp. My biggest challenge in the water is deep water waves that break further out int he ocean (Baja Malibu or Torey Pines), I’ve never enjoyed shooting in those type of conditions. The easiest ones that I enjoy are Off the Wall where you have a 6ft wave come in and just throw out. For the most part the wave breaks in the same spot every time. I love shooting Off the Wall with a fisheye.
Mark Healy – Mavericks, Halfmoon Bay
Joshua TRILIEGI: Can you remember the first time you fell in love with surfing?
Jack ENGLISH: The first time I fell in love with surfing was when I watched the surfing movie by Herbie Fletcher called Wave Warriors 3. The movie had this glamorized feel about surfing and surf photographers. There were scenes showing mass group of surf photographers standing on the shoreline with these huge lenses shooting the top surfers in the world. Herbie nailed it with the music in this movie and the surfers, from Matt Archbold, Martin Potter, Mike Stewart, Christian Fletcher and of course the music by Gadnium. On top of that they would show surfing on tv – the surf contest PSAA. It would show Shane Beschen, Chris Brown and all those guys. Surfing was so candy coated on this show – so pure and nice – like a goody goody type vibe. I loved to watch these contest as they were rarely on, but when I saw them I was hooked.
Laura Enever – US Open, Huntington Beach
Joshua TRILIEGI: You have a very vast and varied Lifestyle catalogue of images that are available in various formats. How important was it for you to create a full body of images and make a living doing so?
Jack ENGLISH: I never planned how I was going to shoot when I began. Looking back now I fucking blew so many great opportunities of shooting portraits or action photos. I mean my first year on the North Shore I was 18 and knew nobody. I knew nothing, I knew zero on what beaches to go to on the North Shore. I was like a kid in a candy store, but wearing blind folds. I always dreamed of making a full time living from photography, but looking back now I look at guy’s like Jeff Hornbaker who use to make a living from photography (before digital) and he was the master photographer. I am far from a Jeff Hornbaker so on one end I felt I never deserved to make a living from surf photography.
John John Florence – Backdoor, Hawaii
Joshua TRILIEGI: Give our readers your top surf spots around the world.
Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa: This wave is a long right hand point break and for the most part the lighting is really good all day. With a wave this long it gives the surfer plenty of time for the last bowl.
Teahpoo, Tahiti : Just a giant round wave. So beautiful with the color of the wave – it’s so innocent, but so dangerous at the same time.
Mavericks Half Moon Bay, California : The second biggest wave off of California with wave heights that reach up to 50ft plus. This wave is so big, mean and ugly at the same time. Mavericks is one of if not the proving ground for any big wave surfer.
Hossegor, France : Big beach break barrels.
Malibu, California : A long right that is so perfect for the long boarders.
Barra de la Cruz, Mexico : A long right that peals off the back of these rocks along a sandy shoreline.
Punt Week Special
Filipe Toledo – Brazil
Matt Meola – Maui
Joe Crimo – Lower Trestles
Ozzie Wright – Indonesia
Christian Fletcher – San Clemente
John John Florence – “super confused”
Top 5 punt freaks
Zoltan Torkos – Two kick flips on a single wave
Shawn ‘Barney’ Barron – Rest in Peace Hellman
“Fuck grant ellis @grantellis1 and his ego fueled photo editor dictatorship! For the past 15 years I have been working to get Texas surfing into the magazine only to have him shoot the article himself and take money and work away from me. Congrats on being the shittiest photo editor ever! Take my name off the photographer mast head!!” – Jon Steele
“The WSL tried to HYJACK the Titans of Mavericks permit, and got SERVED. They did not back down, they got DENIED!! There are local people who tried to help the WSL with the hijacking, and used their inside political friendships for their own personal gain. The sad part is, some of political people jeopardize their career and may lose their job title. There is not a gnarlier Big Wave Athlete invitee list combined with a proven Big Wave Venue. The WSL needs to get their own ducks in a row and successfully pull off ALL their own events on the BWWT, before they go crashing into the MAVERICK’S HOUSE! This is WSL’s strike #2 with their BIG WAVE GLOBAL TAKEOVER! The Dungeons Boys DENIED them. And The Mavericks Boys DENIED them. Goes to show, that the strength of a solid local community can over come a Corporate Big $ Takeover!” – Ken SkinDog Collins
Full story at Surfline – WSL Withdraws Permit for Mavericks Big Wave World Tour Event
“Pretty sure Cartel is just going around threatening to sue everyone, crying like a bunch of hipster bitches. They didnt have the money or the sponsorship to run the contest this year… Total scam… Exile the community, fuck all the locals …. LA hipsters have moved in. Publically bashing your friends & fellow surfers, ruining those relationships all to protect your love affair with some hipster named griffin guessin is not the way to go about things… Hipsters who are tickling your balls with false promises wont be there for you when the grapes go sour or in this case theres no more money to rape the hmb community of …. Its a contest skins… That may or may not ever happen… come back down to earth doggy.” – Zach Wojik
We have found out that more and more surf photographers are getting rid of their 600mm lenses and in doing so purchasing the new Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 USM lens.
Canon 600mm. With a price tag close to $12,000 this is why you don’t see many photographers (hobbyist and professional) shooting with one of these.
Canon 100-400mm. For $2,200 this will enable that many more photographers to be able to shoot from the land and yet get full frame tight photos.
What Canon has to say:
Telephoto zoom 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens is compatible with full-frame EOS DSLRs, as well as APS-C sized sensors where it will provide a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 160-640mm.
Alex Knost – Malibu
Emails back n forth from Jack English (photographer) and Peter Taras (photo editor of Surfing Magazine)
to peter from jack
last swell a few weeks
you should do a art show when u get enough stuff.
not my style.. I’m not into tooting my own horn like other photogs who love talking about themselves (chang, bielmann, etc..)
Let people talk for you. you’re too talented to not be showing this shit.
It’s pretty sad seeing Quincy Symonds (6 years old) and her sponsored happy parents plastering her surfboard with stickers (sponsors) – really? She’s six and your already having your child put stickers on her board as if she has really achieved anything. So tell us this – by putting on these stickers is your daughter truly being paid by all seven brands (of course not).
It’s parents like you that make us puke! Seeing kids at such a young age thinking they are truly “sponsored” and then growing up thinking they need to make their sponsors happy first instead of just enjoying surfing. Let your kid be a kid – if they rip sponsors will come with time (in their teens).
Quincy being overshadowed by her mom and dad to make sure her sticker placement is right
Go make mommy and daddy proud – don’t surf for yourself Quincy, remember those logos can come off just as quick as they appeared