Where are you currently located / living?
Living in San Diego, California since 1987.
Age / how long have you been involved with photography?
50 years old, been shooting skate photos since the late 70’s, took off from 1987 until 2010 and started again.
What type of cameras do you shoot with?
I shoot with a Sony NEX 3 and Metz flashes, I’m probably the only skateboard photographer to use this type of a camera.
Favourite photography accessory other than your camera?
My favorite accessory are my flashes, I like to shoot at dusk and use multiple flashes to light up the subject.
If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
Fisheye is my favorite lens but not too fishy. I don’t like seeing the subject’s head getting distorted. The reason I like the fisheye is it can capture the entire seen and your subject.
What makes a skate photograph original and unique: basically what is your idea of a good photo?
Almost every shot and angle has been taken, so a little creativity always helps. I like to see the skater’s face in a shot and the coping plus a little background.
Name the first photographer that comes to your mind and why?
That’s a really hard question because I have been around for awhile and that has been a lot of generations of skate photographers. I’m going to answer like this: In the 70’s James Cassimus, Glen Friedman and Jim Goodrich, the 80’s J. Grant Brittain and Morizen Foche, I wasn’t around in the 90’s and the early 2000’s so nobody, in today’s world Ray Zimmerman (aka MRZ) is hands down my favorite.
What do you feel is the most challenging thing about skateboard photography?
The hardest thing about shooting skating is getting the angle you like, with the correct lighting. I usually see a shot in my head first and then I try to duplicate it. I am fortunate to shoot with some of the best vert and pool skaters in the world so they make it easy for me.
Any references you may have (past and present photogrpahy work) and/or your relation to skateboarding
I don’t really have any old references because no one ever saw my old photography. In today’s world I got discovered through Facebook, I finally had a place to share my shots. I would also like to thank Bucky Lasek and all the Lasekland locals for letting me skate and shoot there. Also a shout out to all the Clairemont Y locals who I get to skate with all the time.
I’m in the process of re-doing my website at the time of this interview. It will be under my old address at www.dgsfoto.com or www.sparagnafoto.com or be email at email@example.com