Going through social media earlier and noticed this ad by Sic Urethane for my friend Anthony Gallegos. Two things came to mind. Couldn't have happened to a better guy! Finally, a company willing to back this talented skater. Two, whoa, that's my photo. lol. Thanks guys for the heads up, but not really. Still, Very rad that they dug the photo enough to turn it into an ad!
Posted this up and actually got a response from the owner of Sic Urethane. I just appreciate that a guy I have long supported, even made a skate video for, is finally getting a wheel. Seems small, but it's probably the best news of the week!
I was going through my social media and noticed my friend and professional rollerblader/musician posted up some songs on soundcloud. To my surprise, he used a portrait I took of him a few weeks ago as his album art. It's surreal given I used to watch him skate growing up and only 10 months ago really got to meet him. And these days, my photos are making it onto his music. It's surreal!
Check out his music if you get a chance on Soundcloud! And if you like him, he's got an Instagram of all his travels on wheels and music production life.
It's been over a year since I shot with Victor Galicia and finally, these photos are out in the daylight! Originally, Wheel Scene wanted these last summer for a possible cover, which turned into the magazine's silence and for a while, no one was sure if they were still alive. After a resurgence, I reached out and shot them over these photos. Though by that point, I had piecemealed several photos to Be-Mag, Haitian Magazine, The Booted. Luckily for me, Victor had a nice stack of images!
It gets weird though. During the interview process, the editor is going back and forth with me, asking questions about Victor because he can't get a solid answer. I'm not sure what to tell him. Victor is an enigma wrapped in a labyrinth. All I can truly say about Victor is you can never anticipate his thoughts and movements.
The good news is the story is finally up! The less than good news is the editor decided the interview raised more questions than it answered. That's what it's like hanging with Victor. You just gotta take him as is.
|In Silverlake by the reservoir, I convinced him to let me shoot a polaroid|
for my project.
I had the pleasure of shooting Tyron Ballantine who was visiting out from Amsterdam to film his Bladerbang VOD.
I didn't know it at the time, but I would be shooting for his Be-Mag.com Top 5 feature. He's consistant, which makes shooting him a breeze, but it does mean there can't be a malfunction. Of course, there were a few hiccups. A pocket wizard didn't fire or a certain angle didn't work because of the trick choice. In the case of one photo, I had to keep it down to one speedlight and 2 test shots so as not to attract the attention of security. Them's the breaks when you're dealing with location shooting and action sports.
Overall, I'm rather pleased with the final results. Even snagged a couple polaroids of Tyron, which @ImpossibleHQ ended up running for polaroid week (if you didn't catch the last post). Oh right, and Bladergang added me on the opening credits of the VOD.
|Very rad to see my name listed as photog for this edit.|
|Literally had 2 test shots and 2-3 real shots to get this right. No pressure right?|
|Downtown in the depths of the LA fashion and warehouse district|
A bit unexpected to see my polaroid shot of Tyron Ballantine up on the Impossible Project's Twitter page this morning. Mostly because I had posted it up on Instagram after it had been released on Be-mag.com. I'll post up that clipping later today. For now, I'm rather content knowing someone at Impossible is eying me.