Anthony Acosta headed to Vancouver for the Vans Park Series contest on July 9. The always photogenic Ray Barbee and Curren Caples were his main subjects.
The Skateboard Mag 153
Camera Gear Used: Canon 1DX, 8-15mm Fisheye, 70-200 2.8 mark II.
Tell us a little bit about yourself as a photographer.
I have been shooting professionally for around twelve years. I have been a staff photographer for The Skateboard Mag for a little over ten years and also I have been a staff photographer for Vans Shoes for almost ten years.
What was your plan for July 9, 2016?
I was already scheduled to cover the Vans Park Series in Vancouver and it just happened to fall on July 9. I thought it would be cool to try and get some magazine coverage of the contest and maybe try to get some street action after.
Would you consider July 9 to be a pretty typical day in skateboarding for you?
July 9 seems pretty typical. It’s right when summer is heating up and there are a lot of skate trips going on. Seems like a lot of skateboarding in the world is happening during that time.
Explain your approach to shooting that day.
I tried to plan a little bit with some of the guys I was with, but the weather called for rain so it was all up in the air. We woke up and it was completely wet out. I just let the day happen and tried to capture what I could. The rain stopped at the perfect time for the contest to happen and stayed dry for the rest of the day. I wanted to go out and skate after, but everyone was pretty burnt from the contest. So we ended the day with a nice dinner down in the hotel lobby.
Who was your July 9 MVP?
So many dudes were ripping. Erick Winkowski was killing it; Ivan Federico from Italy was on fire, too, and he won the contest.
What is your favorite image that you shot that day and why?
I really liked the photo of Ray Barbee pushing on the street below. I had a balcony that was like 33 stories up and I shot it from there.
Do you have any upcoming projects or plans, and where can we see more of your work?
Preview One Day in Skateboarding 2016 with over 100 pages of quality photos in The Skateboard Mag issue 153. Video Doc. coming soon.