Behind the Lens: Brendan Klein

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Name, age, where are you from, and where do you live?

Brendan Klein, 32 years old, Oceanside, CA, just moved to Brooklyn.

Raven Tershy, back tail in Los Angeles

Raven Tershy, back tail in Los Angeles

How and when did you get into shooting skate photos?

Like most kids, skating with my friends.

Tom Remillard, frontside slide in the California desert

Tom Remillard, frontside slide in the California desert

Didn’t you work at Transworld Skateboarding magazine printing other skate photographers negatives in the darkroom?

Yea, I was the last one. After I left they turned the darkroom into a paper closet.

Tyler Mumma grinding the hip in the California desert

Tyler Mumma grinding the hip in the California desert

Did you go to photography school or did you just learn by doing?

I learned by doing then went to school when I was twenty-five, learned some more and met some great people.

Matt Ballard, light death in Phoenix

Matt Ballard, light death in Phoenix

What camera set up do you have? What was your first camera set up?

Canon AE-1 with a 28mm and a 50mm lens was my first set up. Now I have a Canon D1X and few other little cameras

Born To Skate, brothers from Germany at Mt. Baldy

Born To Skate, brothers from Germany at Mt. Baldy

What are two of the favorite skate photos you ever took?

These two photos of Justin Hindery.

Justin Hindery. Off the Carefree Highway in Arizona. It was in a Terror Skateboards AZ article in Transworld. Snuck that one in. Thanks Grant.

Justin Hindery. Off the Carefree Highway in Arizona. It was in a Terror Skateboards AZ article in Transworld. Snuck that one in. Thanks Grant.

The stalefish is from a Washington Street night session with Justin and Jamie Weller. It was in a photo issue of The Skateboard Mag.

The stalefish is from a Washington Street night session with Justin Hindery and Jamie Weller. It was in a photo issue of The Skateboard Mag.

What other non-skateboarding subject matter do you enjoy the most?

Anything. I usually just shoot my friends and travels.

Ricky Holderby shotgun-snowball-fight

Ricky Holderby shotgun-snowball-fight

Do you make a living from shooting photos?

Sometimes. This year I have been focusing on other things for work.

Adam Morgan over the steps in some pool in Los Angeles

Adam Morgan over the steps in some pool in Los Angeles

Skaters at Buena

Skaters at Buena

What’s your favorite place you have traveled for shooting skating? non skating?

Creature took me with them to Peru and Ecuador a while back. That trip was crazy. We gave a bartender some mushrooms and he mixed them in with fruit smoothies for us one night and then we saw a pan flute band covering The Beatles. It was trippy.

We did a Bassturd trip to Japan in 2012 but I got so sick on the second day I could barely move and one of the Japanese guys nicknamed me The Snail.

Pat Burke having a beer

Pat Burke having a beer

Which skate (and non-skate) photographers inspire you?

That changes day to day. My old room mates Ryan Young and Damon Casarez are blowing up. Jai Tanju, Arto… There are a ton of people.

Arto Saari, kickflip in Los Angeles

Arto Saari, kickflip in Los Angeles

Which skate magazines do you shoot for on a regular basis (and which other magazine have you occasional had a photo published in)?

I haven’t shot regularly for a few years. Lowcard mostly these days. When I do submit photos I usually try to find out who would actually use them before I start sending stuff out.

Bailey, Ollie, Los Angeles

Bailey, Ollie, Los Angeles

What do you like better, digital or analog, and why?

There’s a time and place for both.

Ben Raybourn, Ollie out at Mt. Baldy

Ben Raybourn, Ollie out at Mt. Baldy

Ben Raybourn in the van

Ben Raybourn in the van

What do you think about the popularity of DIY skate spot building? I even saw a series on ESPN lately?

It’s cool how worldwide it’s become. It is what every crew of little kids does but now we’re a little older and the context has changed. From building forts to building spots.

I haven’t seen the ESPN series but I’m sure that could do nothing but get some kids hyped to find a spot to build.

Neil Heddings, shallow-end FSA, Pala Pool

Neil Heddings, shallow-end FSA, Pala Pool

Any advice to aspiring skate photographers of how to stand out from the crowd?

Use less gear.

Buena Vista Peanut Gallery

Buena Vista Peanut Gallery

Shaun Ross, FSA. Channel Street.

Shaun Ross, FSA. Channel Street.

Peter Hewitt in the Big Egg

Boreggo Egg

Peter Hewitt...

Peter Hewitt…

For more photos from Brendan Klein, check out these sites:

brendanklein.com
Instagram: brendan_klein

Brendan Klein on the other side of the lens. Crail slide.  Photo: Alex Horn

Brendan Klein on the other side of the lens. Crail slide. Photo: Alex Horn

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