9 days ago
T-Mag Shop Talk “Skate photography is an artform that can be done in a bunch of different ways, with a wide spectrum of objectives and because skateboarding involves so many different environments, it’s a breathtakingly broad subject matter.
In a way, you could say that my photos are limited to some sort of vertical wall, given that’s all I really skate. This would be true. For me, the challenge is more about shooting a photo that in some ways communicates and portrays the drama, chaos and sometimes sheer terror that goes on in my head, mid maneuver. Anyone that skates knows the feeling of not being all that sure you’re actually going to land that trick or not hang up but going for it anyway.
To properly capture this, you need a photographer that not only understand the technical parts of the camera and what happens when you hit that button but that also understands skateboarding, timing, angles, gets the energy of the session and understands what’s really possible. Sometimes the photographer also has to play “coach”, be encouraging but not too much, in case the rider ends up slamming and then blames the photog for pushing too hard.
Recently, I got together with Chris Dangaard that does @chrisclicksdigitial, who is putting in an extraordinary amount of time and effort to capture the magic moment for a bunch of different riders and last week, I was stoked he shot this Frontside invert of me at the Combi, in the square. Check out his very creative take on skate photography.
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