For our first show of 2017, we get the chance to sit down with one of the most legendary surf photographers in the business, Brian Bielmann. Although Brian can't say he picked up the camera at an early age and knew he wanted to be a photographer like some of our past guests, he did know from a very early age that all he wanted to do was surf. From there, he made the fairly logical decision that he would be more likely to make it as a surf photographer than a surfer. To say he won that gamble would be an understatement. With over 150 magazine covers to his name, a client list full of some of the biggest brands in the world, and close friendships with almost every superstar surfer you could think of, Brian has made his name known in the world of surfing. Growing up in Virginia, and looking up to his older brother who was already surfing, Brian would take any chance he could to make the drive to surf the Outerbanks of North Carolina. Once he graduated High School, he immediately made the journey to the North Shore of Oahu to join his brother and finally get a chance to surf the waves he had been dreaming about as a kid. It was in Hawaii that Brian made the decision he wanted to be a surf photographer. He began purchasing equipment and telling others of his plans for his new career. However, it wasn't until an accident that almost killed him and sidelined him from the water that he began to really take the craft of photography seriously. Before long he began getting his first publications, and the rest, as they say, is history. On this episode we get the chance to talk music and vinyl collections, what it's like swimming Pipeline at age 59, how hard it is to make money in the current world of surf photography, and how he stays relevant in a young man's game. So join us in a fun conversation with a guy who has definitely got some stories to tell.
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Because we are interested in people's story, and not what type of gear they use, we introduce a new much needed podcast in the world of photography and filmmaking. Featuring in-depth conversations with some of the world's leading photographers, filmmakers, and other visual artists, we are bringing you the backstory on how they got to where they are today.