For the last five or so years I have gone to skate sessions with a camera, and it has taken me on a ride I never thought possible. From snapping photos for “Any Given Day” and other small online publications on a borrowed Canon AE-1 in west-central Minnesota, to shooting and assisting large commercial jobs for national ad-agencies, it all started with skating. Many of those captured moments have been seen by thousands of eyes in the pages of Be-Mag, ONE, and other websites and print ads, but the photos still pile up. Now, thanks to the efforts of ONE, my photos will have another outlet in the form of a photo journal. And though it will still never scrape the surface of the stockpile of photos that has amassed over the years, it will hopefully entertain you for part of your day. Please enjoy the efforts of many years, many rolls of film, many digital files, and many talented skaters. See the rest of this image inside! – John Haynes
Chaz Miller and some of our friends from New Ulm, which is in southern Minnesota, were up for a competition. Competitions usually equal “suck” for photographers. True, it brings talent to town, but shooting at the competition is a joke at best─everyone gets hurt, and if you do manage to comission some healthy skaters to come shoot afterwards, there is usually a train of about twenty cars that you cannot shake. All these “suck” factors were in play along with bad weather which drove us indoors for this particular session. We went to a ledge/line spot and found this cool old thing. As the masses entertained themselves on the ledge, Chaz and I started shooting this thing. I knew we had to do something to make it pop so i asked if he could Fishbrain one of the inside tray sliders. He said, “Yeah,” so I set up my gear. The key light is kicking his face and elongating the shadow of the slider so you can see what he is grinding on, there is another light for fill, and a third just barely putting a little love in the inside of this object.
So this is what we do in Minnesota, and there’s plenty more where that came from. See you all again next week for another installment of my Photo Journal.