There are few people who graft as hard as lensman Jeremiah Klein. No matter the scenario, this is a surf photographer who will always be in the right place at exactly the right time – and he's been doing just that for the better part of two decades.
And that's not all. You see, Miah's as humble as they come, with an uncanny ability to truly listen and engage, to take in everything you're talking about and see all angles with refreshing positivity – a trait that's as engrained in his personality as it is in his camera work.
But it's the subtle moments that Miah manages to capture that make his work stand out. A photographer with the power to enter full stealth mode to capture the most candid of scenarios, which is exactly what you want from a solid photographer - someone you don't even know is there who can capture a natural frame without tainting the scene. Anyway, we decided to check in with Mr Klein to learn a bit more about how he got started, equipment and life as prominent surfing lensman – and did we mention he used to be a pro bodyboarder?
All captions by Miah.
How did you get into photography?
One fine morning back in 1998, Mike Stonis opened my eyes to the thrill of photography after we took turns shooting each other with his Canon EOS A2 in a water housing. Going to the 1 hour photo lab afterward and see how those glorious 36 shots turned out was more exciting than Christmas. That day was the start to my passion for photography.
What are your must-have pieces of equipment for trips?
My all time favourite surf trip, meat and potatoes piece of equipment is the 50mm lens. It works great in a water housing for action, tubes, lifestyle, portraits, line-ups, low-light and it’s small and unassuming. That and for comforts of home, lots of Tapatio packets. You never know when an exotic meal might need some spice to help it go down.
Tell us about your career path?
My surf photography career started soon after my love for the ocean and trying to ride the biggest barrels I could find. In 2000 Bodyboarding Magazine hired me as Photo Editor. In 2002 a group of friends and I published six issues of Option Magazine. From 2002-2006 Surfing magazine gave me an opportunity as assistant photo editor working under Steve Sherman and Larry Moore. In early 2008 I got the job as photo editor of Water Magazine (owned by Surfline) where I transitioned into photo editor of Surfline later that same year. Currently a creator and innovator for Vissla and senior staff photographer at Surfline.
First camera used?
Canon EOS A2 film camera
First camera owned?
Canon EOS 630 film camera and 28mm lens.
Who is your biggest influence?
This is a tough question because there are so many people who have helped shape my vision in how I see the world with my camera. At the start, Mike Stonis got me addicted to taking pictures, Scott Winer helped me to be more professional, Larry Moore told me to follow the light and Steve Sherman taught me the art of the decisive moment. But looking back to those formative years, Pete Taras really helped me the most by getting my first water housing, freely sharing knowledge about camera settings, pushing me to experiment and showing me how to creatively look through the lens.