Hollywood's Sam Muller headed to the LBC to shoot Joey Ragali, Jeremy Leabres, Braxton Powers, Tre Williams, Daniel Lutheran, Andrew Lutheran, Dylan Witkin, Corey Glick, and Nick Trapasso for his One Day In Skateboarding.
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Camera Gear Used: Nikon D3, Leica M-P, Quantum Q-flash, Nikon SB 800s
Tell us a little bit about yourself as a photographer.
I've been shooting since 2005—I went on a family trip to Africa and couldn't stop borrowing my dad’s camera to take pictures so I started saving for one when I got home. I've been traveling a lot lately so I'm always shooting in different places, but LA is my home base. I do most of the photography for the Dickies Skate program and work with adidas Skateboarding regularly, as well as contributing to The Skateboard Mag, Thrasher, and Transworld.
What was your plan for July 9, 2016?
I wanted to go to Long Beach because I skate with this crew pretty often and they always roll with a big crew and are always having a blast. It's easy to photograph people who are enjoying themselves, and they're incredibly good at skating to boot. These guys are representative of the scene in Long Beach, which is a huge part of Southern California skateboarding.
Would you consider July 9 to be a pretty typical day in skateboarding for you?
It was a pretty normal day, we met up at Cherry and let the wind take us. There might've been fewer beers consumed than usual, though.
Explain your approach to shooting that day.
My approach was pretty much run-and-gun since we had a large crew for most of the day. When we'd turn up to a spot I'd try to find photographically interesting moments of the guys exploring or interacting with their surroundings and then once someone started trying something I'd focus on the trick.
Who was your July 9 MVP?
Joey Ragali—he had to do a trick three times for me because I kept fucking up the timing. Sorry Jojo.
What is your favorite image that you shot that day and why?
It's probably the one of Tre under the slatted overhang. I like the mystery of it, it almost looks like something out of a James Turrell piece, or Tron. It's a really common thing to be walking through a sea of picnic tables, but it looked a little different that day.
2:44 p.m. Dylan Witkin, kickflippie jump. | Photo: Muller
Do you have any upcoming projects or plans, and where can we see more of your work?
I'm working on a photo essay about the Hollywood Hills as well as a portrait project—photographing skateboard “royalty,” for lack of a better word—as well as some upcoming projects for Dickies and adidas. You can see more of my work at sammuller.com and on Instagram @sammuller.
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