Where are you currently located / living?
I share my time between Tallinn, Estonia and Kuopio, Finland where my wife is working. Before that I was living in Luxembourg for 12 years.
How old are you and how long have you been involved with photography?
I’m 35 years old, born in Belgium, and started photography for my studies when was 19.
Skater: Dietsches – OMSA
What type of camera do you shoot with?
Nikon d3 and d3s digital camera.
What is your favorite photography accessory other than your camera?
I don’t like using flash lights or remote flash. Only using flash when there’s no other choice.
If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
The 16mm f2.8 is the lens I use the most, I like to be as close as possible, sometimes even too close – I already broke the lens a few times because a board crashed on it. I also use a really old 20mm f2.8, it’s all bad and broken and makes an effect like it’s a shifted/tilting lens. I always travel as light as possible so I can still fit my skate pads in the bag.
Skater: Eddie Lindkvist
What makes a skate photograph original and unique: basically what is your idea of a good photo?
For me a good photograph is one which reflects the skate spirit/style of the skater, by that I mean that the action is the most important, I really like to see the facial expression of the skater. By seeing the face you can guess how gnarly the trick is. That’s why I usually use black n white. Like that you really focus on the skater and the trick. I don’t like to use flash and/or the remote system, it gives me more liberty and allows working faster.
I really like the pool sessions – it’s tough skateboarding and so deserves tough and gnarly photos to document it.
Name the first photographer that comes to your mind and why?
First photographer I discovered was Charles Peterson who documented the Seattle music scene during the 80-90’s. He’s a big inspiration to me because he could capture the spirit of these bands and artists with his work. He didn’t shoot nice, technically perfect images, on the opposite – he had a wild eye witch worked perfectly for this work. It’s what I try to do with skateboard photography, always be right on documenting the people the way they are. As a skateboard photographer my favorite is Glenn Friedmann, for the same reason.
Skater: Mike Kieffer
What do you feel is the most challenging thing about skateboard photography?
Being in the right place at the right time… I mean with my camera, sometimes I’m more in the mood to ride and i don’t focus enough on the photography.
References you have (past and present photography work) and/or your relation to skateboarding
I had my own photo company for 12 years in Luxembourg. Most of my work was related to European politics and sport photography. I covered eight Tour de France on the motorbike, pretty fun. Last January I quit everything to move to Kuopio, Finland with my wife, and can now focus on skateboard photography. I started skateboarding around 1994 and still ride, now mostly pools.
Skater: Antti Lampinen
Skater: Ari Jääskeläinen
Skater: Dan Luciani
Skater: Jartsi Heikkinen
Skater: Jere Kajan
Skater: Ville Natunen