For eight months of the year, the weather in Minnesota is pretty terrible. That means you pack your summers as full as you possibly can with every fun thing you can think of. It’s a time when skin that is hidden the majority of the year can finally be shown with no worry of hypothermia, and if you skate, this is the time you film, shoot, travel, or do anything else until you’re too sunburned to take another minute of it. This was by far my busiest summer. I work in a photo studio almost every day for at least ten hours, and I shoot skating for ONE any time I’m not doing that…
Due to all this, my average work week totals something in the neighborhood of 70 hours. In my spare time I shoot pictures with a small toy camera that uses film called a Diana. That’s how I decided to document my skating assignments and summer travels in this lo-fi journal so all of you could see how glamorous being a photographer really is. No sleep, lots of beer, lots of photos, and new stories all helped make this summer a really memorable one. — John Haynes
Every Sunday afternoon in this park an unlikely bunch of hipsters parks their bikes to play kick ball. i was up after this guy; I got out I think. I was gone almost every weekend so I didn’t get to play much.
This is me and Mike Garlinghouse sharing a pillow on the way to Chicago.
This is Chicago. I think Jeph Howard actually took this picture. Maybe he will be the next skater-photographer convert.
This is Rory Melehan, Andrew Kaz (I can’t spell his last name), and Matt Luda at the skatepark after the Windy City Riot.
These are some kids waiting for a product toss or something. I like how people get more bored as they get further back in the frame.
This is Kruise Sapstien. He is cool.
These are the people from Minnesota who went to the WCR. It was raining and really hot and humid.
Ryan Googins caught this weird caterpillar thing. I did a double exposure of it and it looks like a mustache.
Some kids at the WCR.
I didn’t get to skate in Minnesota as much as I wish I did. This session got rained out.
The kid with the camera is Blake Cohen, he is filming for a video called “Too Much Love.”
Kevin Meland wearing a hat even though it was pretty hot.
Hey look, it’s a trick!
We were skating with the VX team for a few days. No matter who is at a session, there is always a lot of waiting around.
Adam Johnson filming. Almost every time we shot anything, AJ would be on top of his van.
I think this is art.
Every last weekend in July the really small town I grew up in has a big festival. Parades, town queen coronation, and floating party barges are all part of Waterama. This is my girl friend on the pontoon boat of one of my high school friends, trying to cope with the fact that I know every single person in Glendwood, Minnesota.
Another sweet part about living on the 13th largest lake in Minnesota is parades. Parades are maybe the most boring thing known to man. The 100 unit parade goes directly in front of my parents’ house, meaning that we have a potluck party every year. That’s the front yard I grew up in, and those are tractors.
My friend went to South Dakota and came back with ninja stars, though I question the existance of a South Dakota ninja. Here I am playing ninja-star-throwing-darts, which I am undefeated at.
The reason I am so shiny is the spf 50 sun block I had to wear every second I was outside in North Carolina. The heat nor the sun bother Montre.