Addesso turns her lense to the less celebrated parts of surfing
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 February, 2015 - Jenna Addesso's work stands apart from a good chunk of surf photography. Fans will find she brings a sophisticated level of photo editing skills into an often flat world of action shots.
Trained at the School for Photography in Boston with an extensive resumé through East Coast magazines and publishing houses, Addesso dipped her toe into surf photography via a class at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Under the tutelage of master photographer Art Brewer she learned to cast her lighting magic onto what she calls those other moments in surfing: Lineups, silhouettes, moody tropical rainstorms - those moments that surround the act of surfing.
Where are you from and what you shoot with?
I am originally from NJ. I have lived in Boston and New York for numerous years. I shoot locally in the cold waters off the New York shore lines or travel to places like Bali, Puerto Rico, or Southern California (just to name a few).
How did surf photography start for you?
I went to school for Photography in Boston. Graduated with a Bachelors Degree. After school, I started working in the industry as a product photographer and assistant to various editorial photographers. I then transitioned into Photo editing for different magazines and publishing companies in New York, all the while shooting during my free time.
I have always been intrigued with surf photography and came across the class offered through the School of Visual Arts in New York with Art Brewer. My first trip was to Puerto Rico and it absolutely changed everything for me. Year after year I went back and joined Art and his team. Most recently came back from a trip to Bali, Indonesia.
Share with us something that most people don’t know about surf photography.
Shooting in the water is not as easy at it looks. There are so many things you need to be aware of, from your safety, the safety of others in the water and your equipment. But it is so rewarding.
Tell us about that one time you almost died, on a surf trip or in the water.
No near death experiences so far. (which is a good thing.) There have been a few dicey situations, but in comparison to some of the stories out there, I have been lucky.
Name one photographic image you saw that changed the way you approach photography
I can’t pinpoint one exact image that changed the way I approached photography. But my favorite part of surf photography isn’t always the ‘typical action’ shot. Don’t get me wrong, an action shot is always fun to shoot and share with others. But it’s those other moments that keep me intrigued, whether it be the moments in between sets, the moments before a surfer hits the water, or the gaze in a surfer’s eyes.
Jenna Addesso's Bio