Miłosz Rebeś documented One Day In Skateboarding with Marcin Junior Pawuniak and Konrad Kruzynski in the shadows of Poland's WWII monuments—the significance wasn't lost on him.
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Camera gear Used: Nikon d800 + 24-70mm 2.8 + 50mm 1.8
Tell us a little bit about yourself as a photographer.
I'm a 24 years old freelance photographer from a small town in the mountains called Zakopane, but now I’m based in Warsaw for the past five years. I bought my first camera about three years ago and then everything started.
Warsaw is a place where I usually shoot photos, but during the year I try to visit a couple of places in Europe to get some "fresh" stuff. I regularly contribute in Dizaster Skate Mag, which is now the oldest and the biggest skate mag in Poland, and sometimes you can see my photos in the “Sightings” online series on Transworld Skateboarding.
What was your plan for July 9, 2016?
My plan was to visit as many spots as we could, but the weather ruined our schedule. I chose the monument spots because in Warsaw there are a few and also they are characteristic for Polish architecture. Poland was the first country attacked by Nazis during World War II and over ninety-percent of Warsaw was destroyed (Warsaw is also called a “Phoenix City” because it arose from the ashes of its predecessor), so Warsaw's citizens had to rebuild everything from scratch. After the war until ‘89 there was Communism in our country so we have the architecture of socialist realism (big, simple, monumental concrete buildings). After communism, the amount of monuments went much higher. The photo which was printed was shot on one of the monuments in memory of Soldiers who died in the Warsaw Uprising during World War II in 1944.
Not a lot of skaters can do tricks on a hip-high ledge so my choice was simple—Marcin Junior Pawuniak. This guy is a technical wizard with one our country’s biggest pops, so he could easily handle fakie backside tailslide to fakie. The second guy is a Konrad Kruzynski, who is an all-terrain skater. Ledges, stairs, banks, rails—no problem. Unfortunately, while he was trying to 360 flip the stairs he rolled his ankle and was unable to continue that day.
Would you consider July 9 to be a pretty typical day in skateboarding for you?
Typical? Maybe not. Usually we are chilling at some spots or at a skatepark. Only when we get some idea with friends for a trick or a spot then we are going for a mission, but its not happening everyday.
Explain your approach to shooting that day.
It’s not everyday in Poland do you get opportunity to shot for The Skateboard Mag, so I really wanted to get it as good as I could. In my mind I prepared a list with spots which were really hard, requiring a lot of pop and tech skills.
I also thought about skaters who can do something on those spots. A few of them were busy so I had a problem, but finally everything went well.
Who was your July 9 MVP?
Marcin Junior Pawuniak for landing that hip-high fakie back tail fakie which is mind-blowing for me!
What is your favorite image that you shot that day?
Marcin’s photo. I really like to play with composition and light in my photos, and I don’t know why but I really love to capture skaters at monuments.
Do you have any upcoming projects or plans, and where can we see more of your work?
I just came back from Paris where I was shooting a project for Levi's and now I’m heading to Bologna, Italy, for a skate trip with the Polish Vans crew.
Preview One Day in Skateboarding 2016 with over 100 pages of quality photos in The Skateboard Mag issue 153. Video Doc. coming soon.