Today we’d like to introduce you to Tim Kothlow.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Growing up, I was located in Riverside, CA. However, most weekends and summers were spent at a family home in Laguna Beach. Beach life took over and to stay sane during school, my siblings and I would subscribe to all sorts of surf magazines.
In high school, I realized I wanted to be the person behind the photographs I would see in the magazines and decided to be a surf photographer. My parents got me a camera for one of my birthdays and it was game on ever since. I worked hard throughout college to build up connections and a portfolio and set the goal to get a photo internship at Surfer Magazine. I met my goal and haven’t looked back since.
Please tell us about your art.
My medium is photography. I work with many of the pro female surfers who are on the WSL World Championship Tour. I document life on the tour and create content for the athletes and their sponsors. Through my work, I hope that people can see that women deserve as much credit as men do when it comes to surfing. There is much more to women surfing than just modeling swimwear.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
If someone is aiming to be a surf photographer, I think it is important to get very comfortable in the ocean before adding a camera to the mix. I have seen a lot of photographers get out in the water to shoot with little to no ocean/swim experience and it never goes well.
I recommend picking up body surfing. There’s no floatation involved. It’s just you, your fins and the waves. That is how it will be while shooting in the surf.
Bianca Buitendag, Rachael Tilly, Leila Hurst and Carissa Moore