Photographer Brian Averill: Top 10 Of 2014
Brian Averill’s journey into the realms of photography started when he was just a child with a Kodak “Instamatic” camera given to him by his mother. He began shooting photos immediately, elaborate scenes constructed with his Star Wars figures and a great deal of imagination.
His somewhat eccentric behavior from the average child eventually ended him up in film school. After a successful stint in the world of film, we was left feeling somewhat unsatisfied, wanting to return to the simple beauty of capturing a photograph. Averill soon found a subject that captivated his visual desires, the underground surf and skate culture of Los Angeles, California.
Below is a short interview with Averill, along with his top 10 favorite surf photos from 2014.
Zappo: What elements do you think make for a good photograph?
Averill: I think a good photo makes the viewer react emotionally on some level. If it makes you feel something, be it awe, curiosity, laughter, or fear, then it’s done its job. Beyond that, I like unique combinations of creativity and technical proficiency, or something I haven’t necessarily seen before. I like to see a distinct point of view.
Zappo: When did you start shooting and have you had any formal training?
Averill: I’ve been shooting since I was kid. My mom gave me her old Kodak Instamatic when I was about 9. That road eventually led to NYU film school, long story short, in my previous life, I was a film director.
Zappo: What inspires you to shoot?
Averill: So many things. California’s surf and skate cultures are obviously pretty inspiring to me. There are so many creative, stylish, and talented athletes out here. I’m grateful I can capture some of what they’re doing and help them share it, hopefully adding my own personal touch along the way. Inspirations beyond that.. the work of photographers I admire… music.. and light itself.
Zappo: What are you looking to offer or convey through your photographs?
Averill: It’s a way for me to observe and reflect the incredibly vibrant culture around me and hopefully present it in a unique way that people respond to. One thing I’ll definitely never tire of is the expression on a surfer (or skater’s) face the first time they see a finished version of a great shot we got together.
More of Brian’s work: www.brianaverillphotography.com