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Skateboard Photographers – Jaime Hicklen

Jaime Hicklen

Where are you currently located / living?

Born and raised in Long Beach, California

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

I’m 24 years old and I’ve been involved with photography for as long as I can remember. There was always cameras around our household and I was always elected to take family photos.

Anthony Romero
Skater: Anthony Romero

What type of camera do you shoot with?

Canon EOS 1D mk2, Canon 5D mk1, Canon AT-1 (film).

What is your favorite photography accessory other than your camera?

Tripod and ladders to achieve that awkward or unique angle.

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

50mm 1.4 – it’s a basic but handy lens and it’s versatile in any situation.

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

My idea of a good photo would be a mix between spontaneity and composition. I’m a fan of background movement and reactions from people so if the photo could tell a story using those elements then it enhances the quality of the photo and makes it more enjoyable.

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

It’s a tie between Dave Swift and Atiba Jefferson. As a kid some of the most memorable photos were shot by these dudes. They always looked like they were having the most fun. I actually met Atiba at a skatepark opening and was one of the nicest people so not only it was one of my favorites but he took time out to chit chat, answer questions and even gave me a press pass. Thanks!

Terrance Fisher
Skater: Terrance Fisher

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

The most challenging thing about skateboard photography would have to be developing a good concept for a photo. You picture the best idea in your head and once you get to the spot there’s a million obstacles to overcome such as lighting, weather, getting the boot etc but those things excite me and push me to get the shot so I see it more as a gift.

References you have (past and present photography work) and your relation to skateboarding

I’ve had photos run in BUS skate zine and Thrasher Magazine. Skateboarding and photography is pretty much how I learned vital social skills, met friends, learned street smarts and how I found my identity, without these I’m not sure what I would be doing.

Contact information

Websites: jaimehicklen.com & handsomefemale.com
Email: jaimehicklen@me.com

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