A regular series profiling a few of the esteemed photographers whose work is showcased here on the Cecilia website, asking what they carry on a photo shoot, their approach to their craft, and what advice they can offer to anyone wishing to pursue photography.
The outdoors, and in particular surfing, has been in Jeremy Koreski's blood from the get-go. As the highly acclaimed and in-demand Canadian photographer himself says on his website: "I grew up in Tofino, B.C., and had the good fortune to be in and around the ocean from an early age. I started out in high school taking photos of my friends surfing our home beaches, and since then my still and motion work has focused on surfing, fishing, and the life and culture of the Canadian coast."
Jeremy's work has been featured in National Geographic Adventure, The Surfer’s Journal and SURFER magazines among others, and his professional clients include Adidas, Vans, Billabong, Stussy and Yeti. He's also the official photographer for the Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, B.C.
He has been described as having "made his mark on a profession in which it’s almost impossibly hard to make a name for yourself" and as "the most well known" of Canadian surf photographers. Fellow creatives speak of Jeremy "with a certain amount of reverence."
Jeremy used to use Nikon cameras on his shoots. He says, however, that "as I became more interested in shooting surf, all the surf guys shot Canon because of its superior autofocus, so I switched and still use it today."
His main cameras are the Canon 1D X Mark II and 5D Mark IV, and his lenses range from 15mm fisheye to 200-400mm f/4.
In the last year, Jeremy has "become addicted to shooting aerials" and the results include this stunningly cinematic image.
He describes the origins. "From a young age, I was interested in flying, and growing up in Tofino I had access to seaplanes. Once I really got into photography, I would charter a plane to shoot aerials. Now I try and incorporate air time into most commercial shoots I go on and am always shooting personal work while on assignment."
Photos like this one are a product of pure spontaneity. "Shooting surf from the air happened more recently, but I love how spontaneous it is and you have to let things unfold from wave to wave and capture what you can."
In 2015, Jeremy collaborated with B.C. filmmaker Ben Gulliver on a five-part online series looking for remote waves which are hard to find and hadn’t previously been seen. Most recently, he has been working on a project with the Canadian Coast Guard "that I'm really excited to show once it’s complete."
As for future goals, he's content with how his work is going at present, declaring "I'm really happy where I'm at with my career."
For aspiring photographers, whatever specific field they wish to pursue, Jeremy's advice is simple but gets to the core of what anyone's vocation should be: "Shoot photos because you enjoy it, not because you want to be a photographer."
To learn more about Jeremy's photography, visit his website: https://www.jeremykoreski.com
To purchase prints of his work, visit https://www.jeremykoreskigallery.com