Where are you currently located / living?
I’m currently living in northern San Diego (Oceanside) but my wife and I are moving to the San Francisco Bay area next year.
Age / how long have you been involved with photography?
I’m 38, wow that sounds old! I’ve had a camera of some sort for about 15 years now
What type of cameras do you shoot with?
I mainly shoot with my Nikon D4 and I also love shooting with my Hasselblad 503. I also break out my old 4×5 on a rare occasion.
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Favorite photography accessory, other than your camera?
That’s a tough one…I’d say my different radio slaves? Or maybe just different lenses
If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
As much as it sounds cliché, I really love how you can get really cool compositions with a fisheye lens.
What makes a skate photograph original and unique: basically what is your idea of a good photo?
I think the feel of the photograph is the most important. The lighting and the composition are the most vital to me.
Name the first photographer that comes to your mind and why?
This is too hard. I’m such a fan of so many different photographers and different styles, old and new. I love a good mystery when it comes to a photograph; you know the photos where all the information isn’t obvious? Where is the skateboarder coming from, where is he landing, shadows, lighting etc etc. It’s a little more advanced than taking a basic “good” photo.
Some photographers create questions that some people might not see. In some cases there’s also the story behind the photograph, like the full day mission or in some cases it takes several missions just to get that one trick. So right now, I’ll say Dan Harold Sturt. So many of his photographs would just make me wonder, just how the heck did that happen, how did he create that, how did he get that angle. One example is his portrait cover that he shot of Rowley juggling grenades with the pins in his mouth…and it was shot with a 4×5. It’s just an all around amazing portrait.
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What do you feel is the most challenging thing about skateboard photography?
Patience? And dealing with people at skate spots that don’t want you there.
I can be reached through my website, www.brianfick.com , or my personal email email@example.com
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