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Skateboard Photographers – Russ Sakurai


Where are you currently located / living?

I am living in Costa Mesa, California.

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

I’m 39 years old. I used to take photos of my buddies in the late 80s with my dad’s 35mm camera. I really got into it around 2004 when I bought a DSLR.

What type of cameras do you shoot with?

Nikon D300 and a Nikon D7100

Tosh Townend
Skater: Tosh Townend

Favorite photography accessory other than your camera?

My Q-Flash

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

I know it’s played out but my fisheye. It gets up close to the skater but still shows the surroundings.

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

Good lighting and the photo should give a good overview of what the skater is riding. Not cutting off the coping on tranny shots. Having the whole photo equally lit.

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

Back in the day: Mofo because I would look at his photos in Thrasher when I was a kid. Now I look at Ray Zimmerman’s (MRZ) photos and get inspired.

Pedro Barros
Skater: Pedro Barros

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

Lighting and finding time to shoot photos.

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

Dogtown Skates’ posters, website and product brochures. Jokers Skate Shop’s flyers & website. Some ads in Lowcard Mag. Juice Magazine. I did some photos for a local Huntington Beach Mag where I got a cover shot, inside photos and some ads. Some posters of Hosoi and Tosh Townend for McKenna VW of Huntington Beach. My personal favorite right now is the cover shot for JFA’s new CD and vinyl.

Contact information

Website: Radballs.com
Email: ruspix@gmail.com
Jokers Skate Shop

Austin Poynter
Skater: Austin Poynter

Christian Hosoi
Skater: Christian Hosoi

Greyson Fletcher
Skater: Greyson Fletcher

Tyley Henley
Skater: Tyley Henley

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