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Where are you currently located / living?

I’m currently living in Paris where I’m studying photography. I moved there two years ago, I have spent most of my childhood in the south east of France, French alps, skiing and enjoying nature.

How old are you and how long have you been involved with photography?

I’m 20 and it’s been since I started high school that I’m involved in photography. I started 5 years ago by taking pictures of my friends skateboarding behind the school.

What type of cameras do you shoot with?

I actually shoot both with digital and film cameras. But in my opinion these two types are made for a different purpose : I shoot digital when it’s for a customer, it needs to be fast and published as soon as possible. I shoot film for pleasure, in my opinion that’s the way real photography should be! It’s a whole different way to process with film, you have a real mechanical and chemical image on the film and the print, you need to take care of your image.

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Favorite photography accessory other than your camera?

I would consider my enlarger as my favorite photo accessory, it opens you a whole new word. The Lab work is so fun that I could spend all my nights in the darkroom. It’s the last step of photography and how great is it to see your picture appearing on photographic paper !

If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?

I would keep the Schneider 5.6/150 APO Symmar MC for my 4×5” chamber.It corresponds to a 50mm with a regular 24×36 camera. It’s so bright and sharp that your image is incredibly detailed. It also allows you to tilt and shift to modify perspective or depth of field. People who invented photography were using these types of lenses.

What makes a skate photograph original and unique: basically what is your idea of a good photo?

In my opinion it have to be different that what we are used to see. It needs to be simple and enhance well the subject ( which is the skateboarder ). The composition needs to be clear too. Ah and don’t abuse with retouching, a photograph needs to look like reality, not like a paint!

Name the first photographer that comes to your mind and why?

I met a photographer called Ragnar Axelsson in Iceland this summer and I really respect his work, he works on Arctic communities and global warming. He has amazing black and white pictures! Check out his website : http://www.rax.is/
Still in the same ideas, I really like the work of Walter Niedermayr that inspired myself for a photography project about mountains.

What do you feel is the most challenging thing about skateboard photography?

The right place and the right time. This can resume skate photography and even photography! I’m not talking about luck, you need to know where to go and what to shoot to have the right picture!

Any references you may have (past and present photography work) and/or your relation to skateboarding

When I’m photographing skateboarding it’s because I love it and I’m not good enough at skateboarding! I’m actually working with lesiteduskateboard.com for events and contests in France. I’m studying photography so can’t be 110% in skate photography.

Contact information

Website : www.lukaleroy.com
Mail : contact@lukaleroy.com
Phone : +33(0)659582639

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