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Where are you currently located / living?

Nottingham, United Kingdom

Age / how long have you been involved with photography?

Skateboarding inspired me to first pick up a camera at 15, which led to me completing a photography degree amongst other things – I’m now 26. I’ve been shooting skateboarding more seriously over the last 3 years, since moving back to my hometown of Nottingham. In 2013 I published Varial, a free zine of local skate photography from a variety of different photographers – issue 2 will be out in August.

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What type of cameras do you shoot with?

Canon EOS 7D and a 1973 Zenit-B.

Favourite photography accessory other than your camera?

Radio transmitters – having the ability to shoot with off-camera flash makes such a difference to the images you can produce.

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

Whichever suits the occasion, I don’t have a particular favourite. I do shoot with a fisheye from time to time but I much prefer a long shot.

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

The composition is the most important choice when setting up for a photo. Lighting, timing etc will usually be standard, but the composition is your way of showing your unique viewpoint. Fred Mortagne has an excellent eye for a composition.

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

Naturally some of the greats come to mind straight away, such as Craig Stecyk III and Glen E. Friedman, but I’ve got to say some of the biggest influences for me are the guys behind the British magazines (Sidewalk, Document back in the day) – Sam Ashley, Andy Horsley, Chris Johnson, Leo Sharp, Percy Dean. Seeing their work showed me how to shoot the type of spots and weather conditions we have here in England!

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

Everything! Getting the perfect lighting, composition, focus and timing…it gets easier with experience – but when you’re learning it can be so frustrating trying to figure out why a shot didn’t work. On the flip side, it’s so rewarding when you get it right. And you know, the lying around in awkward spots on the street and carrying all the gear…

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

I’ve shot images for Adio UK, Element, Steak Skateboards, Forty Two shop, Iron Column Skateboards, Flo Skateparks and try to do as much as I can for my local scene!

Contact information:

Website: www.varialmagazine.co.uk
tomq@hotmail.com

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