Eric “Rodent” Cheslak returned to his homebase of Washington, D.C., on July 9th to take part in this year's "One Day In Skateboarding" project. Along with skaters Bobby Worrest, Zach Lyons, Brian Tucci, Yoshi Tanenbaum, Jason Spivey, Christian Miller, Frankie Heck, and Chris Wimer, Rodent began shooting at the crack of midnight and continued through the next morning with travel to Alexandria, Virginia, where they finished up 24 hours of skateboarding. Surprisingly, July 9th wasn't too far off from any other random day for Rodent.
Camera Gear Used: Canon 5D Mark III, 1DS Mark II, 7D, 8-15mm, 24-70mm, 80-200mm, various flash gear.
Tell us a little bit about yourself as a photographer?
I live for skateboarding and skateboard photography.
What was your plan for July 9, 2016?
It’s my hometown and it’s some of my good friends in my hometown, and some friends from other places, all coming together to shred for The Mag.
Would you consider July 9 to be a pretty typical day in skateboarding for you?
It could be compared to being on a filming/photo trip, which we were. It was pretty “go hard.”
Explain your approach to shooting that day.
I just wanted to shoot as much as possible during those 24 hours.
How many hours do you think you were out and about shooting?
Who was your July 9 MVP?
What is your favorite image that you shot that day?
Bobby Worrest switch front board on the knobbed-up gold rail. Bobby and I have a history of shooting there and it was fun to make that our first spot of the 24 hours and get something new on it, regardless of the knobs.
Do you have any upcoming projects or plans, and where can we see more of your work?
You can see my skateboard photo work here in the pages of this magazine almost every month. Upcoming interviews are Chris Wimer, Axel Cruysberghs, Dashawn Jordan, Alex Midler, and Yoshi Tanenbaum.
Preview One Day in Skateboarding 2016 with over 100 pages of quality photos in The Skateboard Mag issue 153. Video Doc. coming soon.