A common fixture down at Rincon point, Andrew Schoener is making a name for himself as a filmmaker, photographer, and documenter of all things in-between. Hailing from Northern California, Andrew relocated to Santa Barbara after high school, and has used his love for surfing as the key to unlock his current path of amazing trips, travel, and collaborations...
Who are you?
Andrew Schoener, I’m 30 years old and based in Santa Barbara, California.
Describe your medium & process for your work...
I shoot an even mix of video and photo. For video, I typically shoot surfing and fashion work using a blend of digital and film cameras. For photography, I exclusively shoot on medium format and focus on contemporary pieces.
How did you find your passion? Who/what influences your work?
I found photography through my Dad, who has always been an avid photographer. Simultaneously, I started shooting video with my cousins, filming them skateboarding and doing the usual dumb stuff you do as a teenager. In my early 20’s, I started taking both mediums seriously, as I was lucky enough to get to know several local professional surfers who helped jump-start my career.
What excites you about your work? What do you struggle with?
My absolute favorite is to film surfing, while taking medium format photographs along the way. I always aim to not show any surfing through my photos, but instead focus on the behind-the-scenes and environments around us.
What are your goals? Where do you see yourself going?
I aspire to start releasing more books… particularly small pieces on certian people and places. I also see myself venturing more into photography, while only doing video in the commercial realm.