Skateboard Photographers – Osde

>> where are you currently located / living
My hometown is Cantù, in the north of Italy, around 30 kms north of Milan.

>> age / how long have you been involved with photography
I’m 36 years old and I started shooting photos around year 2000.

>> what type of cameras do you shoot with?
I’ve started shooting when digital cameras were not a consumer product and so not really affordable. I had to deal with films and during years I’ve collected a lot of cameras, from reflex to medium format through cheap toy cameras, but nowdays I mostly shot digital.

>> favourite photography accessory, other than your camera?
Actually a Lumedyne action flash which I bought last year. I love the way it freezes tricks.

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

Wide angle, like 28. I like to deal with several elements in the frame and give them usefulness and sense.


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

Watching things through the lens in a different way people normally look at those. Like going in a skate spot you saw in a mag and try to watch it in another way it was shooted before. Spots and tricks have usually a couple of best angles to be shooted, I like to find the uncommon point of view.
I like when the photographer is able to go beyond the trick, a banger trick doesn’t always make a good photo.

>> name the first photographer that comes to your mind and why?
Sem Rubio, the spanish skateboard photographer, answering to the previous question made me remember him: when I look at his photos I find something unique in his way of looking at tricks and spots.

>> what do you feel is the most challenging thing about skateboard photography?
Skateboarding is stimulating under any perspective and it’s the same for his photography side. It’s about new tricks, new spots and places, meeting new friends. I’ve only good memories about my experiences with skateboarding. Also when you come back home without a trick in your bag, you’ve payed the bill trying your best.

>> references and your relation to skateboarding
Basically I’ve never worked as professional photographer, considering that skateboard photography in Italy doesn’t pay a proper salary, so I always kept photography as my first passion out of business schemes.
In the last ten years my photos are mainly published on the italian skateboard magazine called “6:00 am”, but at the beginnig of 2013 me and the rest of the team, which was runnin the mag, left it for starting a new indipendent project: shareskateboarding.com, website is on line and we’ll be out on paper in June.

>> contact information
theycallmeosde.com
shareskateboarding.com
osde@shareskateboarding.com

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