If there is a skateboard photographer who has his roots based pretty much in one city and that city happens to be New York City, there’s just about no way that you can not mention Felipe Lara. He was taking photos of skaters like Mark Gonzalez, Andy Kessler, Quim Cardona, Steve Olson or Steve Rodriguez just to name a few before many who read this even knew what a skateboard is.
His work has been featured in magazines, art shows and even the famous “Full Bleed: New York Skateboard Photography” book from Powerhouse Books (you can still buy it here!). Another great photographer joing the United Skateboard Photography Project, welcome to the project Felipe!
PS: the skater’s names below the pictures will be added in soon!
Also check out his interview from February 2014 with NY Skateboarding!
Where are you currently located / living?
I’m living in New York City, USA.
How old are you and how long have you been involved with photography?
I’m 38 years old and I’ve been into photography for like 15 years.
What type of camera do you shoot with?
Personally now I use the Mamiya medium format and also a Nikon digital.
What is your favorite photography accessory other than your camera?
I love the pocket wizard.
If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
Wow! There are too many good ones. The 10.5mm 2.8 nikon fisheye is very cool and funky LOL
What makes a skate photograph original and unique: basically what is your idea of a good photo?
The perspective, subject and the character make the photography def.
Name the first photographer that comes to your mind and why?
Atiba Jefferson is the man, is my dude.
What do you feel is the most challenging thing about skateboard photography?
Definitely the spot, every spot has a different subject.
References you have (past and present photography work) and/or your relation to skateboarding
I’m a skateboarding photographer and also a fine art photographer. I’m part of the history of skateboarding in NYC with a book – the name is Full Bleed. I’m working now for Sushi Wheels and Domestics Clothing and also in the past I was in Thrasher Magazine and Color Magazine (Canada) also Demolicion Magazine from South America and I made a lot of art shows all over the world.
Email: email@example.com and I’m in all the media from Twitter to Tumblr