Skateboard Photographers – Jake Seal

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Where are you currently located / living?

Milton Keynes, England.

Age / how long have you been involved with photography?

Age 30. Started photography at college 14 years ago.

What type of cameras do you shoot with?

For action shots I tend to use the Canon 5d mk3, then for portraits or documentary I shoot film, generally on a Mamiya 645 but I’ve recently bought a Pentax 67 so I’m using that more now.

Favourite photography accessory other than your camera?

120 film

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

Canon 70-200mm 2.8 L lens. It’s a beauty, super sharp. It’s just a shame it weighs a tonne.

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

I couldn’t really define a good photo in a sentence. There are so many factors. But one of the most important elements for me is composition and balance within a shot. An unsual street spot is great for making a shot feel more unique, but it’s very rare to find a totally original skate image. Trying to get a totally different perspective on a trick helps, Grant Brittain and Sam Ashley have some great examples of that.

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

Ah man, I just mentioned one. Sam Ashley’s photography is amazing and has always inspired me. Ed Templeton is another one who I will never get tired at seeing his work.

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

Lighting. Getting your head around flash can be tricky. I guess adapting to your surroundings. Sometimes the sun is your best friend, other times you find yourself fighting against it. Like anything, the more you do it the easier it gets but the great thing about skate photography is that you are always going to come up against a fresh challenge.

Any references you may have (past and present photogrpahy work) and/or your relation to skateboarding

I’m stoked at the moment to be meeting new skaters since I’ve moved to Milton Keynes, and hoping to make the most of this summer shooting as much as I can. I’ve had a crazy few years living all over the place, so I’m hoping now I’m a bit more settled that I can shoot more for myself. It’s tricky sometimes to balance paid work with the work that I love, so I’d like to address that this year.

Contact information:

My website is www.jakeseal.co.uk – I really need to get around to updating that!
Email: mail@jakeseal.co.uk

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