Steeve Ramy, varial flip, Lyon.
This is a picture I shot with Steeve Ramy, earlier this year, during spring time. One of the most important things to do, when you are a photographer, is to stay curious. I am saying this because, this picture is a good example. This is at a skate spot in Lyon where I’ve been thousands of times over the last 15 years. The structure in the foreground is a water fountain. At that time it wasn’t running. I shot it many times in the past, shooting portraits of people and things like this, but never involving any skateboarding action. I think that, sub-consciously, that photogenic fountain had nothing more to offer to me, but for some reason I still felt attracted to it. So thankfully, I stayed curious about it. That time, I looked at it again, from many different angles, circling around it, climbing on it and ended up realising that I never saw the possibility of shooting a skate trick through it, using those shapes to create a frame around the skateboarder. That angle only allowed to shoot a trick on flat ground, but I was still excited to shoot something. I knew it could create a strong image, photogenic, and visually interesting. We tried few different tricks until deciding this was going to be the best looking one. I then found another possibility and we shot another skate flick, a wallie on the building, with a complete different perspective. With photography, I really like the fact that you can come up with something totally new and interesting, in places where you might think that everything has been done already, where you already reached the full potential, or that there’s apparently no interest at all to shoot anything. Curiosity can really be one of your most important friends in photography, and life in general. Next times I’ll go back to that fountain, I’m sure I’ll find another idea, or maybe in 15 years! But yeah, I’ll keep looking!!!