By Joel Patterson, Editor, Surfer Magazine
Surfers’ Blood is a mid-career retrospective, consisting of images from Trefz’s two decades of travel, documenting surf culture the world over. With work from his 10-year stint as a staff photographer at Surfer Magazine, as well as stills from his more recent filmmaking endeavors, Surfers’ Blood shines a light into surfing’s less commercial corners, exposing a community of wave riders and regions that are generally unavailable in the mainstream surf media. Trefz utilizes a wide variety of equipment — 35-mm and medium-format analog cameras, as well as digital technologies — to create a body of work that, for all its topical diversity, is unusually uniform in texture, energy, and depth. His success has not come by riding the coattails of media-savvy professional surfers, or by endlessly following the World Tour. Rather, Trefz has built lasting relationships with people and places — relationships that have stood the test of time and require real commitment to make last. It is these relationships that have allowed Trefz to glimpse (and capture) the essence of international surfing culture.