Jake Darwen is a frequent contributor to The Skateboard Mag, and is known for his striking compositions verging on optical illusions. Darwen has spent the past two years bouncing from hemisphere to hemisphere, perpetually chasing the summertime. Naturally, he landed in California on July 9.
His One Day In Skateboarding was spent in Los Angeles with Alex Lawton, Ethan Loy, Ish Cepeda, Nyjah Huston, Sean Imes, Jack McNulty, and Dominick Walker.
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Camera Gear Used: Nikon D800, 10.5mm Fisheye, 85mm 1.8, 50mm 1.4, Lumedyne Flashes.
Tell us a little bit about yourself as a photographer.
I'm a freelance photographer born in Auckland, New Zealand, but based out of Melbourne, Australia.
I have been shooting photos of skating roughly for the past six years. These past two years I've been following the summers around the world; traveling to America for half of the year and then back home for the other half, so it's always school holidays and super productive that way. I regularly contribute to The Skateboard Mag, Transworld, The Skateboarders Journal, Slam Magazine, and Manual Magazine.
What was your plan for July 9, 2016?
Our plan was to mainly just stay awake for the full 24 hours. Thankfully Ish was down to do be a part of the hardest part of it all (the graveyard shift: 12 a.m. to sunrise) and then he kept charging with us the whole day and shot that heelflip later that night!
We picked Los Angeles because it was where everyone was located at the time and Ryan Lee knows a lot of spots so we always had a backup plan when we got the boot.
Would you consider July 9th to be a pretty typical day in skateboarding for you?
It definitely wasn't a normal day considering the “24 hours” part and how many photos we got but it was in the sense of the crew and vibe for the day.
No one treated it any different to a normal day of skateboarding, there was always a boombox blasting, beers were getting drunk, and the vibes were just high like any other day!
Explain your approach to shooting on that day.
Ryan and I just wanted to try and make sure we had enough spots for everyone that planned on coming and meeting up. That way we could roughly plan our route for the day because there is always a lot of driving in LA, but on this day the driving had to make sense. There had to a be a rough plan at all times instead of just getting stuck without any clue where to go.
Who was your July 9 MVP?
[filmer] Ryan Lee!
What is your favorite image that you shot that day?
My favorite image from the day was the Ethan Loy slappy nosegrind pop out. We went to three spots for him at midnight and got the boot at all of them, then he had the idea of doing this trick. I hadn't seen it in photos before and it's always a photogenic maneuver so when we got there I was really excited to shoot the photo… and Ethan is a legend!
Do you have any upcoming projects or plans, and where can we see more of your work?
I'm currently on a New Balance trip and we are traveling through Asia so I'm super hyped! Other than that I'm just trying to skate and shoot photos as much as possible and keep it going!!
Preview One Day in Skateboarding 2016 with over 100 pages of quality photos in The Skateboard Mag issue 153. Video Doc. coming soon.