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world cup 2010 in madrid

so my friend monte isom is a photographer and he’s always got something up his sleeve.  dude kills it behind the camera and his hustle skills are just as strong.  on thursday the 8th of july i got a call from monte saying he had a plan in the works.  the next day i was on a plane bound for the netherlands.  after hanging with customs in amsterdam for six hours or so, and after BARELY making it through with our gear (that’s a crazy story within itself), i rendezvoused with monte and hung for the night.  we chilled with some of monte’s rad amsterdam peoples and afterwards got some waves, winks and kisses blown at us while on a walking tour in the red light district.

don’t take pictures of the ladies – they get pissed

instead of hookers, we got french fries.  they were a lot cheaper and less likely to have STD’s.  by that time it was like 2 am, and the women of the night would stroll in and out of the deli in-between clients to order their usual meals – and it totally made me giggly when one of the ladies ordered a hot dog.  i got two hours sleep that night and the next morning i was on a plane to madrid.   monte’s plan was to photograph the world cup fans in the public viewing areas.  he would shoot in amsterdam, i would shoot in madrid and we’d put the pictures side by side to have a fans showdown.  my plane landed in madrid and i went straight from the airport to the hotel – and then straight to the plaza de colon

one of the many public viewing areas packed with excited futbol fans.  i was kinda loopy from no sleep, but the energy of hundreds of thousands of people crammed together kept me goin.  here’s what we got: at the end of the second half, the score was 0-0.  when overtime kicked in, tension was thick.  the ball would get close to spain’s goalie and everybody would start freaking out – then the ball would get close to the netherlands’ goalie and everybody would scream at the top of their lungs.  it was back and forth for probably 10 minutes until spain scored.  the crowd went totally bonkers.  it was insane.  completely insane.  for the last few minutes, the tension got thicker and the responses got more excited.  when overtime ended and spain was still in the lead, the whole city of madrid LIT UP.   it was spain’s first world cup win and the most important futbol victory in spain’s history.  consider this: in america we have baseball, we have (american) football, and we have basketball.  some like one, some like another, some like none.  we have no unified sports pride.  but in spain (like a lot of other countries) the elderly, the middle-aged, the teenagers and the kids all have a dedicated love for futbol.  so you can imagine that when spain won, the city went bananas.   TOTALLY – BANANAS.  people were yelling, people were jumping, people were hugging and crying, and everybody was happy.  i ended up in the middle of a public fountain dance party with about 20,000 happy spaniards. it was an unbelievable night and i can’t believe i was there to watch it all go down.  the noise that tore through the city when spain won was the same noise that was still blasting when i went to bed at 5am.  i got up 2 hours later and was pretty delirious, but managed to fumble my way to the airport to catch my flight.  i must have been in a time warp because i got to nyc 5 days before my checked luggage.

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yoga and belly dancing

i got a voicemail from erin the night before we were supposed to shoot saying, “i’m having contractions today and i’m in a little pain, so i’m not sure how it’s going to work out for tomorrow…”  that was kinda scary.  but she ended up feeling better and we got some nice pictures.  but dude, that baby was ready to come out.  it was kinda rad because she was really still and it was pretty quiet on set, but she had a fully grown bundle of joy in her belly doing the Carlton Banks.

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if gumby was a super-hot girl, he would probably be kimberly snyder

i get a little de-motivated sometimes when i see somebody effortlessly do something that i know is crazy hard – but when i look at kimberly snyder do yoga it’s the exact opposite.  i’ve seen kimberly do yoga a few times, and i know the poses she does are crazy hard to do, but she makes them look so tranquil and smooth that it’s really inspiring and motivating.  like, it really makes me want to take time out of my day and do yoga.  most days, i get so busy and caught up in photography that my personal hygiene takes a hit, my fingernails get long and i forget to eat and blah blah… basically what i’m saying is that kimberly makes me want to find time that i don’t have and do something good for my skateboard-battered/horribly nourished body.  and speaking of nourishment, if you want to find out what kind of fuel she burns in her jet-fighter-like body, she shares her knowledge as a certified clinical nutritionalist in a health-and-beauty blog at kimberlysnyder.net.  somethin tells me that my daily dose of those extra dark “le petit ecolier” cookies (is anybody else addicted to these things like i am?) are scarce found on the pages.  but some tasty, less artery clogging options like cyan pepper immunity tea, kimberly’s raw pecan love pie, and banana soft serve with raw fudge sauce are all over that sucker.  plus there’s tips on how to keep your skin, nails, hair and pretty much your whole body healthy.  check it out.

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krissy drier

this is my second time shooting with krissy.  check out the first shoot HERE.  she wanted a couple new shots for her book, and i wanted a shot for my fitness book, so we made it happen.

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it was COLD

i think the running shot came out superbad. it was so cold i had to wrap krissy up in one of my big puffy jackets in between sets.

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chris cole is pretty much amazing at skateboarding

years and years ago, back when i was on fiveboro – we were doing a demo at a skatepark in philly and there was this guy there who was completely annihilating everything.  i was like, “yo, who is THAT?”  and somebody said, “that’s chris cole.”  i don’t think i’d ever seen anybody skate that consistently.  he was like a machine that was pre-programmed to get awesome.  that was probably 8 years ago?  i’ve ended up skating around him a few times since and it’s still the same story.  the dude’s dials go to 11.

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photos of me

every now and then i get on the other side of the lens.  here are some shots of me from this summer and the talented fellow photogs who make the magic:

you know how sampson lost all of his power after delilah cut off his flowing mane?   well jeff brockmeyer used to have a long, flowing mane of dreadlocks – but after they got chopped, his camera skills are as good as ever.  i’ve known him for ages and every shot this guy has ever taken has been crazy good.  go to his site right now and check out his stuff at jeffbrockmeyer.com

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bennett weinberg was a camper at woodward learning photography.  his sensei, eli phillips (at elyphillips.com) was dragging him around the camp and they ended up near me.  the crazy thing was that during the first few shots he took, i snapped 4 of the plies of my board (in this shot you can kinda see one of the plies sticking out a couple inches from the back truck).  but 3 were still hangin on hard so i kept at it knowing that my board was going to explode and i was going to end up a twisted pile of wreckage at the bottom of the ramp.  never did.  yay cape fear skateboards for making crazy strong decks.

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robert burch (at robertburchphotography.com) grabbed a couple shots that came out nice

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renton millar

the guy is pretty nuts.  i walked up to the top of the 13 ft vert ramp and saw renton pop an 8 ft no-handed frontside air like it was nothin.  dude’s got mad tech tricks, too.  he showed me the playback screen of a tiny camcorder and it was his feet on the board doing a kickflip 5-0 on some coping and it was kind of hard to read cause it was just feet and a board, but it looked SUPER ILL.  i asked, “when’d you film that?”  he said, “that was my last run.”  he was holding the camera pointed at his feet and it didn’t throw him off a smidge.  that’s pretty nuts, right?

check out his wikipedia page HERE, his billabong page HERE, and his twitter HERE

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mike laird

couple years ago i was a carnie in the alaska state fair.  well, kinda.  i was skateboarding in keith king’s bmx stuntshow for 3 or 4 shows a day for almost two weeks, i think.  that junk was fun, man.  they were long days, but man they were fun.  after a long day of shows, we’d all go back to our cabins and sit by the campfire till the wee hours then wake up and do it again.  mike laird was one of the crew.  the guy rips.  he’s got such a smooth style.  he kept to himself a lot, but never failed to throw in a zinger to make fun of the girls that some of the crew dragged to the campfire that night.  he’s a genuine kind of guy, and i like that about him.  no frills and no fake smiles or any of that bullcrap.  you can even BE mike laird if you play any of the dave mirra video games.  creepy.  mike still rides for mirraco and you can check out his profile HERE.  turn up the slayer.

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shawn johnson

shawn was crazy easy to shoot.  i mean, most times i end up looking through the photos at the end of a shoot to see which ones are usable, then i make my selects from those.  but with shawn, every time the shutter opened it was a winner.  and that pretty much how it’s been for shawn lately – she just can’t stop winning.  she nailed down the gold on balance beam in the 2008 olympics in beijing (check out the standing backflip full twist at 2:07 – holy moly!) and just won dancing with the stars.  that’s pretty much a big deal.  especially when you have all that under your belt before 18.  when i was 18, i was living out of a VW bus eating little debbie snack cakes and drinking half-and-half out of the carton.

check shawn’s website HERE

and her twitter HERE

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bmx king dave mirra

’bout 10 years ago these two dudes opened up a bike/skate park near my hometown in wilmington, nc called eastwood. one of the guys was don – he could do backflips on a scooter (and not a stupid razor scooter, but the real deal, big-boy scooters); and the other guy was dave, a nice guy who completely destroyed the park on his bike. and that was that. for weeks, maybe 6 weeks, he was just dave – some really nice random destroyer.  turned out that his name was dave mirra, and it turned out that dave mirra was a huge name in the bmx world. and it turns out that 10 years later his name is even huge-er. so when we met up for our shoot, we had a little reminisce-session about yesteryear and the old eastwood park in wilmington. it was good to catch up and i’m glad that dave is still destroying it.

check out dave’s site HERE

dave was telling me that he was doing rally car races now and showed me pictures of his car.

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