@alec_kugler is probably one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet and he’s a pretty good photographer as well. We emailed him a few questions and here’s what he sent back.
First tell me who you are, where you're from, where you currently live and what it is you do for work.
My name is Alec Logan Kugler, I'm from a sleepy little town in Florida called Indian Rocks Beach. I currently live in Rockaway Beach, Queens and I am a freelance photographer.
How did you get your start in photography and what subjects do you enjoy to shoot?⠀
I went to school for Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics so no formal photography training. I got my start in the photo industry assisting photographers, mainly Andrew Jacobs (amazing photographer). As you spend time in the assisting world you meet people and make connections. I was lucky enough to meet one of the founders of Coveteur (The Coveteur at the time) and he offered me a staff photography job at the media company, after 4 years I decided to venture out on my own and go freelance. I really enjoy shooting people, especially non models, you have to establish a sincere and trusting connection between yourself and the subject and I find that to be one of the most rewarding parts of the process.
Outside of photography I know you are passionate about surfing. Can you tell me about one of your best surfing experiences/trips?⠀
Surfing is a big part of my life. It's my escape and my connection to nature. I travelled to Vancouver once for work and had some extra time to explore Vancouver Island. I flew with one of my boards and rented a car and camped by myself and just surfed for three days. It was one of the most beautiful places i’ve ever seen. That was special.
During your time at Coveteur you had the opportunity to travel a lot for work. Which city and meal do you remember the most and why?⠀
Travel was a large part of the job at Coveteur. There were so many amazing meals and cities. Paris was memorable because my girlfriend was able to come with me and we ate at this place on Oberkampf called Aux Deux Amis. It was a fun dive with great wine and delicious shared plates. Fun stuff.
During these weird and trying times, what are your days looking like and what keeps you busy?⠀
I've been spending a lot of time at home editing personal photos, cooking (well my girlfriend cooks, I clean the dishes) and talking to friends and family. I have been walking the beach a lot as long as its not too crowded. I've also been sneaking a couple good surfs, March/April is a great time for waves. Oh movies too, I have been watching a ton of movies on that Criterion Collection Channel, I definitely recommend it.