Back to my Roots.
20 April 11
Most of my photography these days centres around music, but the way I got into photography though was through skateboarding. I was (and still am) a skate rat. I started shooting photos of my friends when we went skating. This got overcome by video after a while, but I always shot a roll of film every now and then (my skate roots go back pre digital).
My time riding a board has been non existent the last 18 months due to a back injury which still is not sorted. I kind of got fed up of hanging out while everyone else skated. Shooting photos wasn't even fun so I drifted away from skating a lot. The last week I got the urge to shoot some skate photos again. I went down the skatepark to see what was going on, to be confronted by a friend from way back who had just come back from India. I hadn't seen him in almost a year,but we had been friends since he first stepped on a skateboard back in the day so man hugs and catchups were soon done. Also down was another guy I used to skate with who had decided to start skating again, full on reunion with the mid 90's skate crew (minus my oldest friend and O.G. Skater).
After a few false starts in the form of 3 pocket wizards needing new batteries I finally got things set up for a few shots. Skate photography, much like live music photography, is about a moment. That one split second where everything is perfect. Having not shot skating in a while this took a little getting back in to, but I got there. I shot a couple of photos on the mini ramp then headed outside. This is when I got the feeling. Friends trying to land a trick, shooting photos, shouting at people to land it, screaming when they did and generally just shooting the sh*t. It felt good again, I was skating with friends and having fun.
To see the photos from today click HERE.
There is no moral to this story or any technical stuff to pass on. I was just happy to be out and shooting photos with my friends.