Thomas Lang is a 16-year-old teen making a stir in the Australian surf photography market.
How did you get into taking professional photos? Did your parents get you into it, or did you save up and buy your first camera?
I’ve been taking photos for around two years. I got into taking photos at Brisbane airport when I was about to go to America, I was walking through duty free and saw a GoPro. I thought it would be cool to take photos while away, so I bought it… I blew all my money. I saved up for a Canon around a year ago and just went from there, working out what all the buttons do… I’m still learning what most of them do, but at least I know the important ones now.
I’ve really got into the slow shutter side of photos, I think it just brings something a bit different to the table. Photography is obviously about capturing a moment in time, but why I enjoy using a slow shutter is that you can give a photo a sense of movement and you can paint with light and try all sorts of different techniques, it’s definitely harder to get a good shot but it looks cool when you do.
What sort of camera rig are you using and what are your preferred conditions to shoot in?
Currently I have a Canon 7D and I use the 100-400 lens. Mostly, I enjoy shooting early in the morning because it easy to shoot slow shutter, and it looks the best.
The slow shutter speed images, are they shot on a tripod or handheld?
I shoot handheld all the time.
Are you shooting any film, or mostly digital?
I shoot digital currently. I’d like to try film in the future though.
Of the hot generation of surfers around Noosa, which ones are the ones you love shooting and why?
I enjoy shooting anyone who surfs with style. I’m not too sure of the names of everyone but the ones I know that stand out are the MS surfboard guys.
Which surfing photographers from the older days have inspired you, or are you drawing your inspiration from modern photography?
I love looking at all the photos from up here (Sunshine Coast). We all see something different when we look through the lens. It’s cool seeing what they see. I like what Ray Collins does, though he shoots quite differently to what I like to shoot, it’s cool seeing how he goes out on choppy days with moody lighting and creates something amazing.
Are most of you guys riding Thomas Bexon shapes, or are there other shapers up there making sweet cruisers and traditional logs?
From what I see most guys are riding Bexon, but there’s Underground Surf and MS surfboards who make sick boards too.
Are you selling any of these images as prints, or is it more of a hobby?
At the moment it’s just a hobby, I’m still in year 11 at school so that takes up some of my time, but definitely in the future I’ll set up something.