Rob Rouleaux has a lot of European skateboarding history running through his veins. He’s been a moving force in the Dutch scene and now I’m happy to have him join the United Skateboard Photography Project with his photography.
Where are you currently located / living?
How old are you and how long have you been involved with photography?
I’m 37 at the moment and … well I don’t really know how long I’m involved in photography. Since a young age the camera from my dad was always very interesting, but I never knew what to do with it. Then when I was hurt from skateboarding and I could’t skate for some time I found out that skateboarders are a very interesting subject to shoot. And punk bands! So it slowly emerged from going skating to always bring a camera with me…
What type of camera do you shoot with?
I shoot a canon 1D Mark IV.
What is your favorite photography accessory other than your camera?
My camera bag/trolley. No more heavy backpacks and other bags to carry. Just one bag and my board.
If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
24-105 USM IS. It’s fast, has image stabilizer and crystal clear.
What makes a skate photograph original and unique?
Basically what is.
Your idea of a good photo?
Pfoeh… Well that depends on your surroundings and subjects to shoot. But first you have to see where a skaters comes from, what trick he is doing and where he is going to land. Second, the picture should be a cool picture without the skater in it.
Name the first photographer that comes to your mind and why?
Anton Corbijn. And I don’t know why that name just popped up. Maybe you should check out the documentary: Anton Corbijn Inside Out.
What do you feel is the most challenging thing about skateboard photography?
Not getting hit by a skateboard or dealing with stupid people who don’t understand skateboarding and just want you out of there.
References you have (past and present photography work) and/or your relation to skateboarding
Well, since I was 10 years old I started skateboarding in a very small town in Holland. There was nothing to skate so you had to be creative and make your own spots. This all evolved in running a skatepark and skateshop in this small town. At some point you realize that it ain’t working there and you have to move your ass to a bigger city… Amsterdam! I used to work for Skatepark Amsterdam which isn’t there anymore. Then I started Flatspot Magazine with two friends and we are now the biggest online platform in the Benelux about skateboarding.