When and how did you get started with photography?
When I was 12 or 13 I started taking the bus to Philly to skate Love and FDR. We bought disposable cameras to document our travels. I am older now, but the feeling remains the same.
Favorite camera to shoot with?
I have a little Contax T3 point-and-shoot that is really sharp and has almost no shutter lag, so it’s good for action. I shoot everything else with an old Nikon FE2 with a 24mm lens and a small flash —- that setup is completely beat to shit, dented up, etc from being shoved under car seats on the road. But it works great.
Top three reasons to take a photo?
Well, of course there is the first thing that it must be visually striking in some way, at least to you, or in your imagination of the finished shot. Also key is that you respect what it is you’re shooting —- you get nowhere with exploitation or a quick laugh. Finally, you have to be showing people something they haven’t seen before, or something old in a new light.
How has skating influenced your life?
Like most skaters, almost everyone I know is through skating, and it’s how I spend a large chunk of my time. Decisions I have made to avoid alcohol, drugs, eat vegetarian, etc. were from reading interviews with people I looked up to in skating.
City-slicker or wood-chipper?
Although I am frequently in the woods, countryside, desert, etc from traveling and going on skate trips, I am strictly a city person. That thing, instinct, whatever you want to call it, that makes people escape the urban jungle and go be one with nature, I simply do not have.
How’s Brooklyn treating you so far compared to Philly? Do you think the move will influence your work in any way?
In many ways it has been an upgrade, in other ways a downgrade. I still have so much love and respect for Philadelphia, and will always call that city Home. I’m hoping to be more productive up here, and to take advantage of the opportunities that NYC provides, hopefully without getting fat.
Any new projects in the works?
I’ve been working on a history of FDR photo book that is coming out Summer 2012 —- that was 2 years in the making and I’m super psyched that it is done. It’s 170 pages with 25 photographers spanning the park’s 15-year history. I’m also working on a self-published book about the skate house I lived in for 3 years in South Philly. That one is called BADLANDS, named after the house, and it will be out as soon as I’m finished with it.
26 Mar 2012 / 11 notes