Jeff Comber led a pack of overly caffeinated Torontonians on a good ol' fashioned day of skating the downtown streets on July 9. After meeting up at Blue Tile Lounge, the local skateshop, Comber and Co. experienced kickouts, rainouts, and even devised their own makeshift spots. Basically just a typical day of skating in Toronto!
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Camera Gear Used: Canon 1DX and motley crew of flashes/lenses
Tell us a little bit about yourself as a photographer?
I've been shooting skateboarding in Toronto since 1998. Since that time I have also worked in a photo lab and then in 2013 I landed a job doing clinical photography at the University of Toronto. Shooting skateboarding has given me the chance to travel all over the world! Toronto has a great scene, with some amazing characters and interesting spots, so I love the chance to show what’s going on here through my photographs. I mainly contribute my photos to Canadian magazines but have also had publications in international and overseas magazines.
What was your plan for July 9, 2016?
We kept things really loose. The only plan we had was to meet at Blue Tile Lounge (skateshop) and skate towards the Downtown core. A lot of spots are saturated in the financial district and even though they are usually a notorious bust, you can hit lots of stuff really fast. With the threat of mid-afternoon rain we thought we would try our luck. As for the crew: there is always a squad posted up at BTL on a Saturday. Once everybody had their coffees we made moves.
Would you consider July 9 to be a pretty typical day in skateboarding for you?
July 9th was a prototypical day in the life of Toronto skateboarding. Getting the crew to decide/get moving to the first spot is like pulling teeth, getting kicked out of spots is expected, and ending the day with beers somewhere is inevitable. That being said, at the end of the day you always end up rolling with a fun crew, getting some tricks, and having a great time.
Explain your approach to shooting that day?
I tried to keep the camera out a bit more than I normally would; capturing the moments in between tricks to give a sense of the vibe of the sesh. Looking at the photos I would hope that you could imagine yourself there, a part of the squad.
Who was your July 9 MVP?
Justin and Jed held it down!
Jed Anderson, One Day in Skateboarding | Photo: Comber
What is your favorite image that you shot that day?
I'm partial to the photo of Devin filming Justin's back Smith with a bunch of the crew kicking it behind the bench. Justin just dipping the hell out of the grind while the RDS sign gets thrown out there along with an uncountable amount of tats on display. Check the footy to see Justin's sick line (as well as a possible nutsack BGP #shortshorts).
Do you have any upcoming projects or plans, and where can we see more of your work?
More of my photos can be seen by following me on Tumblr and Instagram. I'm currently working on putting out another zine, as well as working on a project with Blue Tile Lounge Skateshop and Spitfire Wheels (Supra Distribution), and if everything comes together, a photo show in Berlin, Germany, in late spring/early summer 2017.
The Camera of Devin Guiney, One Day in Skateboarding | Photo: Comber
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