Chris and I are the only two rollers in the small town of Stellenbosch, an hour’s drive from Cape Town in South Africa. Me being a photographer, and him killing it, we work quite well together. He was keen to go and skate this rail at a local school, and had big things in mind. He warmed up with a few back roys, waiting for the sun to go down, then got this Switch AO Top Porn clean second go (the first time he just grabbed the rail a bit). Next, he tried a true porn, before moving onto what he rally wanted, but it didn’t work out too well, and he missed, catching the last upright quite solidly between the legs. That ended the session, but we’ll be back for sure to get the pic we set out for.
Shooting this spot was a bit tricky. The rather narrow passageway meant I needed to place my flashes quite tight around the landing, with one on either side. I always love a bit of rim light, and placed a flash top right of the stairs for that, and to project a shadow on the wall. Could’ve been a bit quicker on the trigger to get the entire shadow in, but the most important bits are in, so I can live with it. — Eric Palmer