Eazy E – The Matt Miller Photo

Matt Miller is one of the greats in photography when it comes to having been a large influence on the creation of rap album covers and capturing many of the big names in the scene on film – and I mean analogue photographs with that.

One of the best photos is with Eazy E squatting in parking lot of Ruthless Records with one hand holding the nose of his 101 Natas Kaupas pro model and his other hand holding a gun. Asphalt Yacht Club have put together a capsule clothing collection with this photo, check it out here…

Imperial Motion’s Disposable Mondays

Photography dealing with skateboarding doesn’t just have to be a spot featuring a skater doing a trick. Skateboarding is obviously a lot more than just that. It’s getting to the spot, travelling, meeting new people, partying, the aftermath of parties, waking up, being injures…yeah, the list can go on forever.

Imperial Motion from Tacoma, Washington understands this and gave it’s skate team some disposable cameras for a skate tour to Mexico which was featured in the Skateboard Mag issue #137.

Head over to the Disposable Mondays blog article on Imperial Motion’s website for the photos!

Skateboard Photographer Jaime Marcos

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Jaime Marcos has been taking photographs for a long, long time and even though he doesn’t skate himself, he’s got a really good eye and timing and a special type of view of skateboarding which engages me and at the same time made me want to get him involved in the United Skateboard Photography Project.

Have a look at his selection of photos here – many more photos are sure to come as he has loads of photographs he has not scanned yet. Yep, he worked a lot with analogue photography which I like as well.

Where are you currently located / living?

I’m from Getxo, Basque country in Spain.

David Sanchez
Skater: David Sanchez

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

I was born in 1972. With 17-18 years of age, I got my first camera – a Canon A-1.

What type of camera do you shoot with?

During one night skate exhibition in La Kantera Skate Park I shot my first skateboard photos that were published in Tres 60 magazine ( actually 3sesenta http://3sesenta.com). I also think it’s very important to state that I have never skated myself.

With that camera and without a fisheye I was taking photos and I even won a local sport photographyy prize. With this prize money ( around 300 Euros) I bought a Sigma 16mm lens. From 1990-1992 I was taking photos for the 3sesenta magazine and the editors made Tres 60 Skate which was only around for 2 or 3 years.

Sean Goff
Skater: Sean Goff

I have taken photos with the Canon T-90 and a fish-eye Sigma 16mm, also using a Metz 45 CT-5.
After a few years I went out into the world, I studied light and sound and my job deals with theater and live entertainment. I’m working as a technical manager in a technical office for theater companies, theaters, live music shows and more…

Last year during the summer, probably during my mid-life crisis at the ripe age of 40, I went back to the La Kantera skatepark to take photos and to meet up with people that I knew 20 years ago. And just this summer I bought a Canon Eos 70D and a Samyang fisheye lens.

What is your favorite photography accessory other than your camera?

My favorite accesory is really the flash. I always use the flash in my photos and I also like use multiple flashes. I don’t mind if the flashes are inside the photo and I like those brilliant lights.
I think that skateboard photography is different that the rest of photography because it normally has that one important moment during the trick and you have only one instant to grab that shot.

Eddie Reategui
Skater: Eddie Reategui

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

I like the perspective that is created with a fisheye lens, I think it is very dynamic.

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

My photos are normally not talked through with the skater so they are basically instant photos. I stay for a time looking at the sessions and learning the flow and runs of each skater to have a very clear idea where and when they are they going to make the trick. I think those pictures are more natural and different than the rest. Also I love the pictures that people are making that are like studio photography but I personally like much more the “instant” photographs and not photos which have been set up and tried a lot before the real shot was made.

Txus Dominguez
Skater: Txus Dominguez

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

I can’t remember the name of the first photographer who influenced me, but when I was young I met a well-known travel photographer who lives in my town, Gonzalo Martinez Azumendi, and I think he always captures the essence that he sees through his lens.

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

I thing the difficulty of this type of photography is to know about how the skater is going to make his tricks and anticipate this moment.

Danny Leon
Skater: Danny Leon

References you have (past and present photography work) and/or your relation to skateboarding

In 1990-1992 I was taking photos for Tres 60 skate magazine and local newspapers. During the last 20 years, my photos were only dealing with my family and my holidays. Around 1994-1995 all of my equipment was stolen.
Actually I’m going back to this world in my free time, also to general photography, and this can be quite difficult for me in the digital world. In my past when I had money I always bought Fujichrome Velvia and now I can’t make photos with the same saturations and colors as back then.

Contact information
Jaime Marcos
Email: jaimemar@gmail.com
Flickr: jaime.marcosdelapuerta

Alain Goikoetxea
Skater: Alain Goikoetxea

David Sanchez
Skater: David Sanchez

Aitor Elorriaga
Skater: Aitor Elorriaga

Jaime Mateu
Skater: Jaime Mateu

Jaime Ruiz De Gopegi
Skater: Jaime Ruiz De Gopegi

Kako
Skater: Kako

Jon Sonner
Skater: Jon Sonner

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Skateboard Photographer Guillaume Ducreux

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Update March 25th 2014: Guillaume Ducreux sent over some new great skateboard photographs so here you go!

Florent Bavouzet  - Limoges, France
Skater: Florent Bavouzet – Limoges, France

Mickael Clebert - Lyon, FranceSkater: Mickael Clebert – Lyon, France

Nathan Leitner - Chatillon d'Azergues, FranceSkater: Nathan Leitner – Chatillon d’Azergues, France

Robin Bolian - Lyon, FranceSkater: Robin Bolian – Lyon, France

Romain Pti - Rhum, FranceSkater: Romain Pti – Rhum, France

Stephane Boussac - Marseille, FranceSkater: Stephane Boussac – Marseille, France

Tristan Lantieri - Chatillon d'Azergues, FranceSkater: Tristan Lantieri – Chatillon d’Azergues, France

Where are you currently located / living?

I currently live in Lyon (France). I arrived in this city six years ago.

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

I am thirty four years old and I started photography when I arrived in Lyon which is a hub of European riders. I’ve been involved since childhood in various extreme sports and I’ve always had tons of magazines lying around the various sports at home. I’ve always been fascinated by the pictures. I passed the milestone of photography as an autodidact 6 years ago now.

Robin Bolia
Skater: Robin Bolian
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