Explore those feelings of journey with Miles Jackler
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 May, 2015 - Born and raised in California, Miles Jackler’s intentions with photography are to share a moment and to convey a specific feeling. Not an easy task in today’s Insta-world where thousands of images vie for our attention. But Miles’ work is just different enough to pull us in and draw our attention to these unique moments. Once drawn in, we're privy to his story. Welcome to the journey.
What do you shoot with?
I shoot with a few different cameras and formats, but for surf photography I always rely on my Canon AE-1 and a Sony NEX 6.
How did surf photography start for you?
As way for me to share the feeling and idea of perfect empty waves with my friends. I realized after approaching it casually that I could create a fictional but tangible reality by capturing waves and the ocean at their best. It felt like a way for me to express myself and I slowly (very slowly) began to find satisfaction from getting the shot that would overwhelm my desire to paddle out. It's a constant struggle, but as long as I keep getting that good feeling I'll continue to sacrifice a few good waves for a classic shot.
Share with us something that most people don’t know about surf photography.
It's a ridiculous thing to aspire to do for a living. It can be soul crushingly dull and cold and sandy. Nabbing a shot of your friend getting slotted at the local is just as good as getting slotted at the local.
Tell us about that one time you almost died, on a surf trip or in the water
I had a somewhat perilous session at a beach underneath the Golden Gate Bridge trying to capture a shot of it looking out, framed by the tube. It was a good 3 to 4 feet and mostly backless and shoulder-less, though the odd corner would present itself. I leaned a bit to far over on one and was unceremoniously drilled into the coarse sand head first. I may not have been near death but the kink in my neck is a nagging reminder of the paralysis that could have been. Much respect to the water photographers.
Name one photographic image you saw that changed the way you approach photography.
There have been so many photographs and photographers that have inspired and influenced me, but one of the first images that came to mind when I read the question was taken by Chris Burkard in South America of a flaring, backlit tube.
The silhouette of a surfer perfectly positioned in the pocket and about to be propelled down a long open shoulder. Green iridescent water, a rocky point underneath dense forest. It was cold and hot at the same time. It was as much about the place and what it felt like to stand on the shore as it was about surfing as an act. It was about surfer and wave and place existing seamlessly and in balance. Worthy of the awards it won.
More on Miles Jackler here. Check his Instagram @milesjackler For commissions and print inquiries contact milesjackler @ gmail.com