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2012 Reflections of a Skate Photographer

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I guess it’s moments like these where you really get to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Deadlines met, photos processed, clients called, rent paid, apartment clean. For the first time in a long while I’ve found myself caught up with all the odds and ends of my day to day life. A proverbial quiet-calm before the next advancing storm, a moment of reprieve. A smidge of time to sit back and reflect on the constant. Brewing a little bit on the different happenings, savoring all the in-the-moment instances. The people, places, things. The highs, the lows, the coming and going. It’s these little rest stops on the road of life that make you learn just a little more about yourself. Ergo the recent revelation I stumbled upon. The odd illuminating acceptance that I live a good portion of my experiences through either the view finder of a camera, or the frames of produced photographs. The images acting as highlights, reminders of incredible things I’ve seen and experienced. Visual receipts, proofs of purchase. Miles logged, merit badges for the things I’ve managed to tick off the ol’ bucket list. I look back on the breadth of my work like I were looking back at a high school year book. A sincere sentimental appreciation for that time and place. Like looking back on a younger more naive you. “Oh, what little you knew then about what was in-store for you now”.

My first major adventure of 2012. Maryhill loops road.

My first major adventure of 2012. Maryhill loops road.

The first ever all-girls Maryhill freeride was something special to witness.

The first ever all-girls Maryhill freeride was something special to witness.

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Dane Webber flicks a big spin while the clouds roll into Malibu.

Dane Webber flicks a big spin while the clouds roll into Malibu.

Amanda again, cross-stepping through the remnants of rain.

Amanda Powell, cross-stepping through the remnants of rain.

Dan Harding floats a kickflip on the levee in New Orleans Louisiana.

Dan Harding floats a kickflip on the levee in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Skateboarding comes naturally for some. Taken in Baja at the La Fonda Orphanages.

Skateboarding comes naturally for some. Taken in Baja at the La Fonda Orphanages.

When you look back on your work, as any right-minded photographer will surely agree, you are instantly filled with an overwhelming sense of gratification. Everything you dedicate yourself so undyingly towards becomes validated. The beauty of a photograph is that it’s a gift that never stops giving back. An amber entombed moment in time. A bookmark, a page-end folded over in the big unrelenting story that is life itself.

A fiery sky on a road trip to the Redwoods.

A fiery sky on a road trip to the San Fran.

Trevor Baird stretches during an evening sunset in San Francisco, California.

Trevor Baird stretches during an evening sunset in San Francisco, California.

Trevor Baird nails the pre-drift during filming for the Loaded Kanthaka video.

He then proceeds to nail the pre-drift during filming.

The Brooklyn Bride, New York, New York.

The Brooklyn Bridge, New York, New York.

Crushing souls during the Broadway Bomb in NYC with Ethan Cochard.

Crushing souls during the Broadway Bomb in NYC with Ethan Cochard.

The Broadway Bomb BBQ crowds getting rowdy.

The Broadway Bomb BBQ crowds getting rowdy.

Another adventure in the Resource Distribution van.

Another adventure in the Resource Distribution van.

Amanda Powell and the gang, road tripping north.

Contemplative Amanda Powell.

Traveling up the 5 freeway from LA to SF. Powerlines.

Traveling up the 5 freeway from LA to SF. Powerlines.

Kody Noble floats a standup slide in the Haight Ashberry District of SF.

Kody Noble floats a standup slide in the Haight-Ashbury district of SF.

Brad Parker scrubs the coping in Santa Cruz

Brad Parker scrubs the coping in Santa Cruz

Chain link and cattails in Downtown Los Angeles.

Chain link and cattails in Downtown Los Angeles.

Adam Stokowski is still riding out this nose manual somewhere.

Adam Stokowski is still riding out this nose manual somewhere.

Nicolas Escamilla buzzes a jersey barrier in Downtown Los Angeles.

Nicolas Escamilla buzzes a jersey barrier in Downtown Los Angeles.

Brian Bishop with a Christ-air out of the bowl at Kona Skatepark, Florida.

Brian Bishop with a Christ-air out of the bowl at Kona Skatepark, Florida.

Amanda Powell spins a backside 180 pivot turn under a whisky sky.

Amanda Powell spins a backside 180 pivot turn under a whispy sky.

An uphill battle for a bicyclist in San Fran.

An uphill battle for a bicyclist in San Fran.

Nicolas Escamilla fakie big flipping the rails in Downtown LA.

Nicolas Escamilla fakie big flipping the rails in Downtown LA.

Gettin dirty in my natural habitat. Yours truly in Downtown, Los Angeles.

Gettin dirty in my natural habitat. Yours truly in Downtown, Los Angeles.

The sun seeps away behind trees on a return trip from SF to LA.

The sun seeps away behind trees on a return trip from SF to LA.

I take photos because it’s how I express, it’s how I like to communicate. It’s not so much a job or something I choose to do, more so than it’s something I have to do. I tell the story. It’s what I’ve always done, what I’ve always been. So with my moment of reflection I learned a little bit more about what it is I am, but I also l learned a lot about what it is I have to do. Maybe this is something that applies to you as the reader in some way or another. Just a little tid-bit of drivel from a humble skate photographer. A suggestion to go out there and do it all. Accomplish something that you can sit back and be proud of. See with an eye of self reflection. Be bold, be brave, life is a story worth telling.

Thanks for reading, now go take some photos.

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