The Northwest is a dream come true for those looking for like-minded transition enthusiasts and photographers. For those of you who still haven't been, take it from The Mag's Dave Swift: Start in Portland, Oregon, and then work your way up to Seattle, Washington. It should only take you about a day.
Dave's crew included: Keegan Palmer, Seth Sanders, Alan Young, David Gravette, Frank Shaw, Mark “Red” Scott, Nora Vasconcellos, and Kyle Kaitanjian.
Camera Gear Used: Canon 1DS Mark II, Canon Lenses, Flashpoint Flashes, Pocket Wizards
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Tell us a little bit about yourself as a photographer.
Been shooting skateboard photos for 27 years and have traveled all around the world doing it. I’ve seen the stars rise and I’ve seen them fall. Loved every moment so far. I am a staff photographer for The Skateboard Mag.
What was your plan for July 9, 2016?
Shoot all around Portland for most of the day than travel up to Seattle and shoot along the way. When it started raining in the afternoon in Portland we bagged traveling north and shot the rest of the day at Burnside. Picked the Northwest because there is so much sweet terrain and the skaters are awesome. Love it up there!
Would you consider July 9 to be a pretty typical day in skateboarding for you?
Not so typical for the fact that I shot at midnight—that’s rough for an old fella. The rest of the day was pretty typical of the way things go while you’re on the road with a group of skaters—just skate all day!
Explain your approach to shooting that day.
Our goal was to hit as many spots as possible. A few people didn’t show up for whatever reason but I feel we went to some unique Portland grungy spots with the help of David Gravette.
Who was your July 9 MVP?
They were all MVPs. Alan rocked at midnight and did this crazy wallie gap during the day. He took some punishment. Gravette was locked and loaded and killed it, all the while making us laugh. Young Keegan Palmer never stopped skating (or talking, dancing, singing) and Crazy Kyle was PYST the whole time and smashing coping and curbs.
What is your favorite image that you shot that day?
I think the Alan Young dumptruck off the pillar at Burnside was my favorite just because no one has ever done it and just climbing up there and getting pigeon shit all over your hands is insane.
Do you have any upcoming projects or plans, and where can we see more of your work?
Just here at The Skateboard Mag.
1:13 p.m. David Gravette - One Day In Skateboarding | Photo: Swift
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