Words: Joey Shigeo
There is some crazy statistic where it’s estimated about 1.4 trillion photos will be taken in 2017. That’s right: trillion, with a “t”. Even within skateboarding it seems as if every damn second is being documented and posted on social media as a running narrative of every insignificant sliver of time. Navigating through the sheer quantity of photographic noise can be mind-numbing. So we’re now going to focus your attention span on eight photographers from across the globe who are capturing moments of worth and interest. Give these dudes a follow: Cameron Markin, Dakota Mullins, Mac Shafer, Jon Campbell, Jake Wickersham, Sean Michon, Fabian Reichenbach, and Clément Le Gall.
[ ] CAMERON MARKIN
Hometown: Numeralla, Australia
First camera: As a wee youngin' I'd always have disposable cameras thanks to my parents. At 13, I hijacked my dad’s Fujifilm Finepix m603 (look them up; they're hilarious).
First skate photo shot: In 2011, I bought my first DSLR, had some shitty speedlights on the ground, etc. It was of some kid ollieing off a roof who later went on to steal my girlfriend at the time. A year later, in November 2012, Charley Fester lipslid this crazy roller coaster rail which wound up being my first in print.
Camera Gear: Bunch of stuff, but it's all about the 50mm.
Favorite subject: My friends.
Favorite trick to shoot: Backside noseblunts (on anything) are the Animal Chin of trick selection.
Favorite photographer: Dave Chami, the wizard of all things creative.
Ben James, fakie ollie. Sydney, Australia. Photo: Cameron Markin
[ ] SEAN MICHON
Hometown: Southern Colorado born and raised
First camera: 35mm Canon Rebel Ti.
First skate photo shot: That's a tough one, probably my best friend growing up, Gordy Woolfrey doing a front tail on a little ledge on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. That was shot on that Canon 35mm.
Camera Gear: Always changing and upgrading when the finances allow it; at the moment I'm shooting on a Nikon D600, Canon AE-1 35mm with a 50mm lens, a few Alien Bee B800's, Tokina 100mm, Nikon 50mm, Sigma 24-70 and anything else I rent or borrow from friends of mine for whatever I may need something for. I could go on, to keep it short—light stands and other various light modifiers. MacBook Pro and most of my post is done in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Favorite subject: People (all kinds of portraiture), or skateboarding. I'm torn between the two, and always trying to expand but shooting skateboarding will always be my true love.
Favorite trick to shoot: a good kickflip is always a sight for sore eyes.
Favorite photographer: Anthony Acosta was a huge inspiration of mine growing up looking at skate photos. Zander Taketomo's photo of Ishod switch flipping the love gap was another one that really, really got me hyped to keep shooting.
Jordan Maxham, feeble transfer. Pasadena, California. Photo: Sean Michon
[ ] JON CAMPBELL
Website: coming soon
Camera Gear: Nikon D800, Nikon 70-210mm, Nikon 35-105mm, Nikon 28mm, Tokina 10-17mm, Canon 540EZ speedlite, Neewer TT560 speedlite, Yongnuo RF605N wireless triggers, Nikon SC-17 flash cable, and a couple of cheap tripods.
Favorite subject: I like shooting action as well as lifestyle.
Favorite trick to shoot: Back Smith on transition or a good Ducky slam.
Favorite photographer: Grant Brittain.
First camera: Canon 20D.
First skate photo shot: High school friend, 2011, Oceanside, CA.
Zachary “Ducky” Kovacs, feeble pop out. Covina, California. Photo: Jon Campbell
[ ] MAC SCHAFER
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
Camera Gear: Canon 6D, Canon 7D, Canon 24-70, Canon 85mm, 1.4 telephoto converter, 2 Flashpoint 360, 1 Neewer Speedlight.
Favorite subject: Faces.
Favorite trick to shoot: Anything tweaked out, fisheye, with a nice sky.
Favorite photographer: Henry Horenstein.
First camera: Pentax K1000 that Chad Bowers let me borrow.
First skate photo shot: I randomly shot a sick photo of Tony Hawk doing a frontside air on that camera. I was 16 (2007) and Grant got me on the deck of a demo at the YMCA. I think I lost the negative but I have one fading print. My first published photo was of Walker Ryan doing a nollie flip into Governor's Island (NYC) for a Thunder ad (2016).
Justin Henry, kickflip backside 50-50. Brooklyn, New York. Photo: Mac Schafer
[ ] DAKOTA MULLINS
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
First camera: 35mm Pentax P3.
First skate photo shot: Justin Henry, nollie over a rail into a bank, Columbus, Ohio.
Camera Gear: Canon 6D, Lumopro Flashes, assorted standard lenses.
Favorite subject: Skating, but recently have been getting into portraits more.
Favorite trick to shoot: Backside Smith.
Favorite photographer: Greg Hunt.
Zac Coyne, backside tailslide. Los Angeles, California. Photo: Dakota Mullins
[ ] CLÉMENT LE GALL
Hometown: LANNION (Côtes d'Armor, France)
First camera: Canon Eos 33V.
First skate photo shot: Dany Hamard, backside tail
Camera Gear: Canon 7D mark II, Canon 70-200mm 4, 50mm 1.4, Sigma Art 35mm 1.4, Canon fisheye 8-15mm, Elinchrom Quadra Hybrid, Quantum Q-Flash, Canon Speedlite 580ex II
Favorite subject: Jérôme Chevallier or Hugo Maillard.
Favorite trick to shoot: An ollie one foot, well stretched.
Favorite photographer: Brian Gaberman, Sem Rubio, Jake Darwen, Cameron Strand, Grant Brittain.
Alex Richard, kickflip. Dunkirk, France. Photo: Clément Le Gall
[ ] JAKE WICKERSHAM
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Camera Gear: Nikon D700, 16mm, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm, Neewer AD-360 flashes, Nikon speedlights.
Favorite subject: Being from the Midwest, I've always had a major appreciation for the country and nature. Whenever I'm not shooting skating, you can find me in the middle of nowhere shooting the landscapes.
Favorite trick to shoot: Love me some wallrides!
Favorite photographer: I'm inspired by so many photographers; Gaberman and Jonathan Mehring are two huge inspirations for sure.
First Camera: Nikon D200.
First skate photo shot: My first skate photo that I ever shot had to have been of my dear friend, Jordan Ferraguti, ollieing over the nine-stair rail at my old middle school. The year was 2009. Oh, the nostalgia.
Keelin Austin, roll-on grind. Kansas, City, Missouri. Photo: Jake Wickersham
[ ] FABIAN REICHENBACH
Hometown: Small city near the East French border in Germany called Landau.
Camera Gear: Nikon D3s, FM2,Olympus Mju, Fuji x100, Nikkor 10.5 2.8 Fisheye, Nikkor 16mm Fish, Nikkor 50mm 1.4 D, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 AF ED G, Nikkor 85mm 1.8 AF D, a couple of flashes, CF-cards and rolls of film
Favorite subject: Having a camera during a party can be pretty fun!
Favorite trick to shoot: Hard to say, many actually, but I'm always stoked about getting a nice kickflip moment!
Favorite photographer: There are a few out there, but for the skateboarding part I'd say Fred Mortagne influenced me pretty much. And Jelle Keppens is also a photog who's pretty good at what he's doing!
First camera: A couple of other small digital ones for years but the first actual camera was a Nikon D40.
First skate photo shot: First skate photo I just found is a back tail on a curb by Jakob Dohse 2013 in Karlsruhe. He is centered in the frame, shot with the Nikon D40, straight flashed with the 18-55 Kit-Lens at 18mm. Pretty awful, haha.
Evan Smith, switch kickflip. Munich, Germany. Photo: Fabian Reichenbach