Telling the stores behind some of skateboarding’s most epic images and the dudes that made them
Finding something you love and photographing it is the best of both worlds. It is also a great way to refine your portfolio and audience. If you love your subject, you’re going to do it justice.
Andrew Norton has created a series based around two passions: skateboarding and photography. By hanging out with and interviewing pros in the industry, he has created a collection of works that really spotlight what it is to be a sports photographer – and an epic one at that. Recently, we talked with Andrew about his story and how he got the project off the ground.
Behind the Camera | Andrew Unplugged
I grew up skating and shooting photos here in Toronto, Canada and ended up working at a magazine called SBC Skateboard as an editor and a staff photographer after paying my dues as a freelancer and an intern.
Recently I branched out into more a multimedia route, doing radio training at the Transom Story Workshop and freelancing for various podcast and NPR shows. I also started combining audio storytelling with my eye as a photographer.
The Photographer Series just started as talking to fellow photographer Ryan Allan at his place in Southern California and having him agree to let me film a little interview. I then got some funding to do a whole series last year. But now I’m continuing it on my own just to tell these stories.
It basically just comes from my urge as a nerdy skateboard photographer to shoot the breeze with people more talented than myself and hear some cool stories
Maybe in the process I would get a glimpse of their approach to the craft. Hopefully some of the passion and stoke translates.
BTS | Ryan Allan & the Wild Container Shot
Since founding SBC Skateboard magazine almost 15 years ago, Oceanside-based photographer Ryan Allan has gone on to shoot countless images, from Geoff Rowley to Dylan Rieder. In this episode, Ryan talks about how his approach to photography has changed over the years and gives us a behind-the-scenes look at his iconic container shoot with Geoff Rowley.
The Photographer Series: Ryan Allan
A side effect of the internet, we’ve all seen our work critiqued now and you are almost shooting for those people. Things got homogenized, standards were set, and rules were made for some reason. Very few people have trail-blazed beyond that. I think people are afraid of stepping out and being different.
To see more of Ryan Allan’s work, check out his website: ryanallan.com
Stay tuned as we continue to feature more epicness (yes – I just made that a word) from this series with Andrew Norton.
Until Next Time . . .
Stay Inspired ~ Jules