Nobuo Iseki has an eye for capturing chaos. He was the perfect choice to document skateboarding in Tokyo on July 9.
Camera Gear Used: Nikon D3, Ricoh GR
Tell us a little bit about yourself as a photographer.
I started to skate when I was twelve years old. When I was fifteen, in a local contest,
Was the first time a saw a “skate photographer.” His shooting was the style to bring the fisheye lens close up to the skater. Of course, no viewfinder. His name is Masanori Nishioka, aka Devil Man. Now I'm a shitty photographer still sticking under Devil's influence.
How long have you been shooting?
Where you primarily shoot?
Tokyo. Especially Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Nakano.
Who do you regularly contribute photos to?
Some time I work for VHS mag, The Skateboarders Journal, ER Mag and some Japanese magazines. Thanks guys!
What was your plan for July 9, 2016?
When I got mail about this project from Shigeo, I already had a job on that day.
But I definitely wanted to join the project. So, I planned to shoot in the early morning before my job and shoot at night after my job.
I wanted to hopefully take more time for this project!!!
Why did you pick your location and skaters?
Because they are the most exciting skaters living in Tokyo.
Yuto joined Blind team around July 9. He is fresh and always brings great news! This day was the day after a contest, so he was a little tired. Plus, there was rain. So, we went around looking for undercover spots and skateable spaces. Incidentally… He said this wallride photo was his first wallride in his life!
Hiroki Muraoka is the newest pro on Traffic. The 9th of July is the day when his first pro board was released. I've been shooting him for around ten years, so this project was also a memorable day for us. Congrats, man!
Takahiro Morita explodes his energy every time. When skating, he speaks a lot and pushes so fast. His vision of his own skate shot is always clear. He always gives us a lot of energy and inspiration.
Explain your approach to shooting that day?
My approach? Hmm, difficult question! I always bear in mind to keep and take advantage of the goodness of the subject. Skaters or locations—everything has goodness!
Who was your July 9 MVP?
Atsushi Sugimoto (videographer for the day). Thanks for joining us, Atsushi!
What is your favorite image that you shot that day?
Girls or Morita in front of neon light.
I like photo like that because It looks super noisy and chaotic… same as Tokyo!
(Also, Morita's push and slam or Hiroki's photo.)
Do you have any upcoming projects or plans, and where can we see more of your work?
I'm running a shitty zine named "Pancake Portfolio.” It's now available from FTC Tokyo or skate shops in Tokyo.
Preview One Day in Skateboarding 2016 with over 100 pages of quality photos in The Skateboard Mag issue 153. Video Doc. coming soon.