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Studio Visit - Isaac Zoller

Studio Visit - Isaac Zoller

Studio visit with Isaac Zoller

Isaac Zoller isa Southern California native whose work embodies the passion for oceanside locales and surf culture. His exploration of new cities in his works coincides with his search for the perfect wave, a constantly moving subject that he captures with a special closeness.

Q.

When did you start calling yourself an artist?

A.

I would say I started calling myself a true artist when I was in photo and art classes in high school. Maybe even middle school. I was always good at drawing at a young age. Before that I think it was still just something I did for fun. I may have called myself an artist as early as preschool but probably didn't understand the real meaning. Anyone can call themselves an artist but to actually be regarded as an artist by other artists is what really matters to me.

 

Q.

When do you make your best work?

A.

I do me best work when I am traveling and there is no stress from everyday life to hold you back from what you want to shoot or do on that day. When you are in different places you tend to think differently and that inspires me as well.

 

Q.

Regarding your method of making, is it a case of the material or method dictating the idea of the other way around?

A.

I think when I shoot landscapes and action then that subject is dictating what it is that I'm shooting but I always take framing into account as well as capturing certain moments that excite or interest me. It becomes a subjective process when choosing what to put in front of the lens.

 

Q.

Is art making therapeutic for you?

A.

Yes I think that everyone should try a form of creating art as a means of therapy. I think it opens the mind as well as calming it.

Q.

What are you most proud of?

A.

I feel proud simply when people say to me that they like my photography. I think that it's because I never strived to make people like my work. I always shot photos for myself- as a way to record and remember the past times. I also feel Proud to see my photos printed in magazines or hanging on a wall. We tend to get so caught up looking at pictures on our computers and phones that when we look at images that are tangible pieces of art it becomes much more meaningful and important.

 

Q.

Artist whose career you covet?

A.

I think that I would like to live the life of basquiat or Warhol. They lived and worked in a very free thinking time and created a world for themselves that was new and fun. It wasn't serious at all and that's what I envy about them.

 

Q.

What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?

A.

I see myself shooting more photos of surfing and traveling and creating films about the characters within the crazy world we live in. I want to keep documenting this generation and show the evolution of the unique music/surf/art culture.

 

Q.

If you could travel anywhere to create for a while, where would you go?

A.

I think I would go back to Bali. There are tons of likeminded people there creating and being themselves on a daily basis. Plus the waves are really good and it is a beautiful land and the people are so nice. Either there or maybe Paris since I've never been.

Studio Philosophy

"I want to keep documenting this generation and show the evolution…"

Q.

Did you grow up around other creative people?

A. 

Both of my parents are artists at heart and from a young age they thought me to be a free thinker and that it was possible to make a life as an artist. Also a lot of my teachers and friends were very artistic and showed me that there are many roads in life and you can always make your own.

   

Q.

What are your other hobbies?

A.

I surf as much as possible. Snowboarding in the winter is probably my favorite thing in the world but isn't as simple as driving to the beach to jump in the ocean. I also like to watch new films and travel when I can. 

 

Q.

If you could have a drink with one artist, who would it be?

A.

I would have to say Picasso just because I think he would be the most insightful and outgoing. Who knows though.

 

Q.

What influences you?

A.

Other photographers and artists influence me everyday to keep creating for myself as well as others. 

 

Q.

What motivates you?

A.

I am motivated by my friends as most of them are living the lives they choose to live and that takes courage to live a life that you genuinely want to.

About Isaac Zoller

Isaac Zoller found a passion for the ocean and surfing. This passion has led him to many different exotic destinations to find better, empty waves.

 

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About Isaac Zoller

Isaac Zoller is a native Californian and photographic adventurer and explorer. Zoller's 35mm photography and filmmaking has been commissioned by professional surf organizations and fashion campaigns such as a Nike and Surfing Magazine collaboration and Hurley International. He is a chief contributor to the artist collective/gang LEAF.

STATEMENT

"I like to capture moments that are timeless in a sense. Something that can be looked at from different generations and still be relevant as beauty or art. I think that landscape photos in general will always be important for this reason. To me the best photos will always stand the test of time.” - Issac Zoller

 

EDUCATION

University of California, Santa Barbara BA Film Studies

  

EXHIBITION

2010, “Time Tablets” Group Photography & Art show (LEAF). RVCA Storefront. San Francisco
2013, “Can’t Hear My Eyes” Solo Photography show. Hurley 225 Storefront. Laguna Beach
2014, “People” Group Photography show (LEAF). Mesa Restaurant. Costa Mesa
2016, Tappan group show. Culver City
2017, Vince & Tappan group show. Vince Storefront. Hollywood