how come you don't shoot skateboarding anymore? or look at it so negatively?
The short answer?
I don’t know anyone here who wants to work with me.
The long answer?
I’d like to keep shooting skateboarding, and probably would keep doing so, if not for what I mentioned above, but to a lesser extent than I used to. I’ve funded myself on a couple trips to LA to shoot. I knew a couple companies would buy a lot of the images I took, but not at a price where I could fund a future trip, but it was something. I was hoping to be able to sell the rest to higher paying companies, was led to believe said companies would buy images, only to have them either string me along for months, then drop me or just steal the image(s) and publish them without paying me. These types of interactions with skate companies, among other equally shitty ones, has made me wary of working with the skate industry at all. However I have greatly enjoyed shooting skateboarding regardless of monetary incentives and would be more than happy to shoot with people purely for stoke purposes. I’ve passed out my card to people and tried to reach out to others, but nothing has come of it. (I am really bummed I had to pass on the first Wheelbase mag because I couldn’t produce new work for it.) If you’re (read anyone) in our around Portland, OR and want to shoot, hit me up and we can try and work something out.
I don’t view skateboarding negatively at all. Sure there are lots of things I hate about skateboarding culture and want nothing to do with, but skateboarding is what you make of it, so no I wouldn’t say I view skateboarding negatively. I got into skateboarding because it was a fun thing I could do with my friends, there was a short period of that time where I was into it enough to pursue it on my own, but as my friends moved away/ when I moved away, there was little draw left in skateboarding except photographing it.