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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
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.
robert burch (at robertburchphotography.com) grabbed a couple shots that came out nice
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
when i first started skating i remember watching video of frazier killin the vert at the skatepark of tampa. and throughout the next 16 years, i’d bump into him at tampa, woodward or some random skate event in some random part of the country and the guy is still killin it. these days, me and frazier are both rocking the balding-buzz cuts with some scruff – so whenever i’m at woodward, there’s always 2 or 3 kids that come up to me as i’m skating by and ask if i’m mike frazier. i’ll say “yep” and sign their shirt. but i’ll actually sign it “maready rips!” and skate away. that’s a lie. well the last part’s a lie, anyway. last week when i was at woodward a campers mom asked me if i was mike frazier. i told her “sure am, can i sign your boobs?” see, that last part is a lie again. actually it was all a lie. it was really a camper’s dad and i never signed his boobs.
check out a few tidbits from the mike frazier legacy:
my shoot with kevin was fast and furious, but i snagged some rad shots. this guy is pretty much like wow. underneath that calm looking facade is a gymnastics machine that is ripped like some jeans in williamsburg.
jessica lopez has been a gymnast since she was 3 years old. that’s insane. i mean, when she was learning how to tumble, i was learning to color inside the lines. but all that training has paid off and has given her a laundry list of achievements, including going to beijing for the 2008 olympics. and my coloring still sucks.