Andy Wissmann

Where are you currently located / living?

I spent half of last year in Tempe, Arizona and now I am back home in St. Louis, Missouri.

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

I’m 26 now and I began taking photos with an AE-1 when I was 16.

What type of cameras do you shoot with?

I’ve got 2 Canon bodies. 5d and 7d.

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Favorite photography accessory other than your camera?

I’ve got a cheap plastic ring flash adapter than I’m currently in love with for portraits.

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

I’m a sucker for the 85mm currently. Pinning for a 1.2, but managing just fine with a 1.8.

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

I want to see tricks presented in ways that make you think. I love to see stills of tricks people generally would shoot a sequence of. I love to see maybe a simpler, more stylish trick, on a spot no one else would touch. I want personality in a photo.

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Skater: Andy Patterson

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

Brian Gaberman. When I first fell in love with skateboard photography I would rip photos out of magazines and put them on my wall. Only years later did I realize the large majority of those photos were his.

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

Well seeing print mags die off one by one is sort of disheartening, but I didn’t start doing this for any monetary gain. I started shooting skateboarding because it became my life. I would say the hardest part of skateboard photography (besides all the fisheye knee pain) is avoiding the routine of it becoming robotic documentation. When you shoot a photo, you and the skateboarder are working together toward a goal. Sometimes it takes hours. This shouldn’t be a burden to you. It should be an opportunity. Analyze the situation. Are there elements of the scene you could be utilizing better? Are you doing the trick/the skateboarder justice? Maybe the trick doesn’t get landed, maybe you get hit in the head with the board, maybe your flash gets broken. The worst day of skateboard photography is still better than the best day at work. I’ll take the board to my shoulder. I’ll lie face down in the gutter full of broken glass trying to make my friends dorking around on wood planks look poetic. I’ll take that any day over waiting tables or sitting in a cubicle.

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