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Skateboard Photographers – Tobias Plass

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Where are you currently located / living?

Im based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Specificly in Jaegersborggade, a little street in the heart of Noerrebro. If you ever come to Copenhagen this street is well worth a visit. Plus there is a small skatepark not 2 minutes walk
from there.

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

I have seen 41 summers going on 42. And in that brief time I spent about 20 years taking some pictures too.

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Skater: Steve Caballero

What type of cameras do you shoot with?

Depending on the task at hand, but nowadays it pretty much always comes down to DSLR. But I’ll shoot slide or B&W neg if nessesary. I have used Canon for the last 15 years and have grown pretty attached to this brand. My stack of cameras range from beaulieu S8, 16mm, Bolex rex 16mm, oldLeica, mamiya rb67, Canon F-1n all the way to the canon 1Ds MK III which I use now and I really like.

I use a 5D for my nexus underwater housing because it´s small enough to squeeze in where the Nikon F4 used to be, thereby getting several more shots diving underwater or of surfing.

Favorite photography accessory other than your camera?

My brain I have to say, it comes up with the craziest things some times. But prop vice I have to say auto focus: shooting a monkey in a dense treetop you would have a hard time getting the right focus with out the auto focus.

And I think it is the exact same thing using a tele lens shooting skateboarding. It´s simply a relief! Think of all those great shots shot without – Respect!

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

For many years the 15mm fisheye stuck with me due to the heavy inspiration through Grant Brittain, Dave Swift and others. This lens was really made for observing sky formations but then some genious turned it towards a skateboarder and changed history.

Nicky Guerrero
Skater: Nicky Guerrero

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

I don’t know about unique and original but what I like is getting the viewer in the there, meaning it feels like you are a part of the action. As if the viewer of the photo were on the board, next to the shark or
in the Formula 1 car. Simply sharing the spectacular task of the rider with the viewer. I’m not saying I heve achieved this, but I really would like to!

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

OOOh my god: Man Ray, Cappa, Stecyk, O, Brittain, Swift, Goodrich, Kanights, Ulf Bjerre, Jesper Nilsson, Nils S, Cousteau, Charles C. Ebbets, Bill Brandt oh was that more than one!

Seriously i can´t pick just one. But anyway my mom, dad and grandfarther always carried a camera loaded with a black & White so they were probably the biggest inspiration. These days my friend Lars Dalby, also on this project, is busting my balls by shooting several times a week and getting some amazing angles and beautiful shoots. Thereby getting me out of my hibernation state and hopefully back in the game.

All in all I think I get inspired on a day to day basis, although most of what appears in zyberspace and otherwise around me is crap. There are a bunch of brilliant photographers out there. So if you are not inspired look back in time they rocked the hell out of photography back in the analogue days!!!!

Kristian Bomholt
Skater: Kristian Bomholt

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

Taking a pictures that I like, experimenting a bit and not the traditional photo expected of me. And shooting the same trick/location several times, with different skaters, still making it look different and fresh.

In most cases you need to be a skateboarder “or have been one” to really understand what the best points of the tricks are! And simply affording the camera equipment that is needed to shoot skateboarding in high quallity.

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

Metropolis 96 – ? (skatemag)
F100 (Musicmag)
Stricktly skateboarding (skatemag)
Wunderbaum (skatemag)
Giftorm (skatemag)
And loads more!

Winner of the Golden Grain Award 2001, ALIS AD (guldkorn i Gurerilla category).

Contact information

Websites: www.epiloque.dk & www.tobiasplass.blogspot.dk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tobias.plass.1
Email: plass@epiloque.dk
Instagram: tobiasplass

Address:
Jaegersborggade 26. 2 floor
2200 Copenhagen
Denmark
Phone : +45 20 20 2993

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Kristian Bomholt
Skater: Kristian Bomholt

Martin Ottoson
Skater: Martin Ottoson

Nico
Skater: Nico

Søren Aaby
Skater: Søren Aaby

Thomas Madsen
Skater: Thomas Madsen


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