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Skateboard Photographer Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson

Where are you currently located / living?

Bury St. Edmunds – a small market town in Suffolk, East Anglia, England, UK.

How old are you and how long have you been involved with photography?

I am 36 years old. I have been interested in photography from a young age, although I have only recently been taking it more seriously as far as skating is concerned.

What type of camera do you shoot with?

Canon 60D

Mark Munson
Skater: Mark Munson

What is your favorite photography accessory other than your camera?

Flashguns & remote riggers.

If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?

From my kit, Canon 40mm f/2.8 pancake. It demands quite a long frame, but it gives beautiful depth of field and colour definition.

What makes a skate photograph original and unique: basically what is your idea of a good photo?

An epic spot always helps! A skater with good style. I have learned very quickly, there is that one speck of a moment in the duration of a lot of tricks that makes a great still shot, but good composition is always important to me too.

Jordan Thackery
Skater: Jordan Thackery

Name the first photographer that comes to your mind and why?

Grant Brittain – loads of classic pictures. English photographer Jamie ‘Swampy’ Harold – he’s a regular contributor for the UK publication, Sidewalk Magazine. He produces loads of fine work and the composition quality is always extremely high.

What do you feel is the most challenging thing about skateboard photography?

Lighting & white t-shirts. Especially indoors. And onlookers.

References and what’s your relation to skateboarding

My good friend Dan owns a skateboard company – Milk Skateboards which started trading in the UK in 2012. I have skated with him for years. I have a number of pictures featured on the company’s website and I’m working on images to be used for advertising. A local establishment “Empire Skatepark” have recently used my photos for advertising posters.

Harley Miller
Skater: Harley Miller

In March 2012 I snapped my right fibula and tore all the ligaments, tendons and muscle around the ankle, skating. Once crutches had been mastered, I tagged along with my friends and started recording skate sessions with a cheap Fujifilm bridge. I received positive feedback on my snaps and imagining that I would no longer be able to skate as hard as I had before my injury, decided to upgrade my kit and persevere.

I’ve skated from the age of eight, 28 years. It doesn’t look like it. I am skate team ‘manager’ for Hardcore Hobbies, the rider owned skate shop in my home town. I’m currently working on a collection of posters to be featured in the shop.

Contact information

Email: has.beard.rides.bowls@googlemail.com
Blog: fourwheelfools.blogspot.co.uk

Charlie Munro
Skater: Charlie Munro

Skater: Fuller

Harley Miller
Skater: Harley Miller

Mark Munson
Skater: Mark Munson

Mikey Joyce
Skater: Mikey Joyce

Nathen Farrow
Skater: Nathen Farrow

Sam Hayter
Skater: Sam Hayter

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