INTERVIEW: FILMER/PHOTOGRAPHER KEVIN JANSEN

 

“The ocean has been a natural part of my life since I can remember. I grew up surfing, fishing, and just spending days at the beach with my family. So when I started taking photos it was a natural place to start. It’s where I feel most comfortable.”

Looking at Kevin Jansen’s photographs and hearing about his travels, spark adventure and a tad bit of jealousy inside all of us here at Buried Muse. At the same time also inspiring us and making the weather here just a little more bearable (We still love New York!). Here's some questions Kevin answered for us about his future projects, travels, and work.

Do you have a format preference?

I mostly shoot digital and vhs for video and digital and 35mm for photos. I’m usually broke so I end up shooting digital more cause it’s cost effective.

Where are you based and where does your work take set?

I’m based in Lomita, California. Most people don’t know where that is so I just say Los Angeles. My photos and video seem to take place more in and around the ocean. Big cities give me anxiety so I don’t go there very much. I also spent a lot time in desert riding dirtbikes as a kid so I find myself gradually drawn more and more to the desert.

Can you tell us a little more about your upcoming surf film?

My new surf film is about a girl coming from where she was and going to where she wants to be, and all the people she remembers from where she had been. Right now it’s called “Please Have Fun”

You mentioned this is your first film. What inspired you to go out and do this?

I had the idea for a while and wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to pursue it so I kept adding to the idea in a notebook. Eventually it got to the point where the only way it would make sense to pursue the project would be to make a full length out of it. It also helps immensely that I’ve been lucky enough to shoot with some unreal surfers and I really wanted to put them all in a movie.

Anything else you would like to share with us?

I’ve been in Mexico filming for a few days now and have puked more times than I’d like to remember.

Haha Seems fun!  Any crazy stories?

Mexico has been pretty mellow lately just cruising waiting for the swell to fill in a little. I got lost trying to find the bus from Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita and randomly ran into a Canadian family. They half adopted me until we got to Sayulita.That was way nice of them. I'm down here for another six days so there's plenty of time for something to go perfectly wrong.

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