São Paulo, Brazil's Paulo Macedo sold his car to buy a camera seven years ago. He didn't take this major decision lightly, but he was certain that he wanted to be a photographer. This dedication has enabled him to shoot with skaters all over the world, and one of his latest projects was shooting One Day In Skateboarding with the Baker team (Terry Kennedy, Shane Heyl, T-Funk, Doughnut, Dee Ostrander, and Beagle) in their native Los Angeles.
Camera Gear Used: Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 1D Mark III, 2 Einstein E 640 Flashes, Lens Canon 50mm 1.4, Canon 70-200mm 2.8 is, Canon 24-70mm 2.8, Canon fisheye 8-15mm
Tell us a little bit about yourself as a photographer.
I'm 30 years old and I'm from Brazil. I moved to California in 2008 with a dream to one day become a professional skateboarder. I left my university in Brazil where I was studying journalism to follow my dreams, and also one of my dreams was to become a photographer—but I never thought to be a skateboard photographer. For eighteen years skating, traveling, and meeting people in cultures I got involved with, photography and my skateboard always was by my side (along with my friends). In the end of 2009 I decided to sell my old car to buy my camera and after that day I knew that I want to be a photographer. I started to shoot skateboarding here in U.S. and also I met a lot skaters that I was really a fan of, and I could travel. Today I have the opportunity to shoot for The Berrics and contribute to The Skateboard Mag and Plan B. I'm really grateful for these opportunities.
6:48 p.m. Terry Kennedy, five-0. Los Angeles, CA. | Photo: Paulo Macedo
What was your plan for July 9, 2016?
The plan was to meet at Doughnut's house and then we would decide where all the crew wanted to skate.
Would you consider July 9 to be a pretty typical day in skateboarding for you?
For me everyday is a skateboard day. I think for us skaters everyday is a Saturday or a holiday; there’s no a specific day to have fun with your friends or to go skate somewhere.
Explain your approach to shooting that day.
It was an amazing experience, I always was really a fan of Baker. I had too much fun and from what I could see they are really motivated to skate and they are like a family, we had a great time.
Who was your July 9 MVP?
Everybody was skating good that day, the problem is skating in LA is really hard because we wasted too much time traveling to other spots.
What is your favorite image that you shot that day?
I thought it was the last photo of the Baker team, because you can see the happiness of everyone. It was a happy day and also I could see that skateboarding is one word: Skateboarding is Friendship.
Do you have any upcoming projects or plans, and where can we see more of your work?
I'm always thinking about new things in life but I have one project that shows skateboarding in different places in the world—places where there's no media, where the skaters have no opportunities. I would like to show real skateboarding to the world. And also contribute for The Skateboard Mag.
Preview One Day in Skateboarding 2016 with over 100 pages of quality photos in The Skateboard Mag issue 153. Video Doc. coming soon.