Skateboarding photography, Leeds 2008

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Skateboarding photography from the archives in West Yorkshire

Today I started to go through some archives from 2008 and it was great to come across lots of Leeds Skateboarding photography. Sometimes it’s fun to delve in to my old pictures and see how I’ve changed and the pictures that I was shooting back then.

Anyone who knows me will know that for twenty years skateboarding was my life so obviously I have very fond memories and enjoy looking back on these pictures.

These are from two different shoots but I don’t want to add loads of individual skateboarding shoots to my site.

Jason Brown and James Gorman

Every now and then I used to meet up with skaters and go out and take some pictures. The first lot of pictures were from a shoot that I did with the very creative Jason Brown and the very gnarly James Gorman.

Every shoot was completely different and very often we wouldn’t even know where we were going. I met up with the lads near a tree (very random) and Jase spent time some time riding up and wall riding the tree. In 2008 I only had a couple of Speedlight’s so not ideal for skateboard photography.

After this we headed over to a handrail in a church carpark. As soon as we got there James just started going to work on the rail. I hardly had time to set up my flashes before James started 5-0-ing the rail. It almost seemed too easy for him.

The next spot that we hit was some DIY spot that Jason had near his house. It was a great session and we got a few pics that I actually liked which is always good.

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Jase frontside wallride
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Gorman 5-0 down the rail
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Jase Brown tree wallie
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Jase grinding the wall

Avid

The last couple of pictures were from a different session. Avid, a Leeds skateboarder wanted me to photograph him doing a nose blunt drop-in from a rail. It wasn’t the hardest trick but it was a little different. To be creative I tried to shoot the same trick two separate ways. The first one was shot with a 15mm fish eye. My favourite however was shot on the long lens which was a 70-200mm.

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15mm fisheye – Avid nose blunt drop-in – with background props from Scheming Dave
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70-200mm nose blunt drop-in

It’s just great fun to go through these old pictures and bring back memories.

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