Rob-Rouleaux

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?

Amsterdam, Holland

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…

Tom-de-Jong-Blunt-to-Fakie
Skater: Tom de Jong

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.

Wieger-FS-Krooked-Nieuwegein
Skater: Wieger

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.

Aldo-Niemeyer-Ollie-to-fakie-marnix
Skater: Aldo Niemeyer

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.

Contact information

E-Mail: Rob@flastpot.nl

Bart Buikman - Frontboard
Skater: Bart Buikman

Douwe Macare - Kickflip - Ede
Skater: Douwe Macare

Maarten de Ryck - Wallride
Skater: Maarten de Ryck

Remco Stolze - Krooked to Fakie
Skater: Remco Stolze

Sebastiaan - Backside Smith Grind - Rotterdam
Skater: Sebastiaan

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