Profiling six skateboarders who kill it in front of and behind the lens, have a scroll and check out the work and words of Ben Gore, Arto Saari, Vincent Coupeau, Jerome Campbell, Gabriel Engelke and Jerry Hsu.
1. Ben Gore
Ben Gore – a San Francisco local and Floridian native, Ben’s skating is fantastic to watch and the pure street output he has is admirable. Every bit of footage or coverage I see of him makes my day and really makes me want to go and skate. His skating and photography are seamless in his approach to them – both very stylish and quite simple, they will both stand the test of time. In his recent interview with Kingpin in our photo issue (118), here’s a few of the relative points he made about skating and photography (not in linear format of the original interview):
I can see from the photos on your website that you shoot film and I guess you print yourself? If so, how are you getting along with getting the right printing exposures?
I am shooting film and printing myself. There’s always good days and bad days, but either way once the print is done I’m always happy. I think finishing a print feels the same as landing a trick that you’ve been working on – complete satisfaction. I’m a strong believer of using the darkroom; if you’re shooting film and not printing yourself I honestly feel bad for you. That’s like trying to film a line but only landing the first trick.
…Why do you shoot photos?
There’s about a hundred ways to answer this but mainly I shoot photos for memories. Being able to look at all my photos 10, 15, 20 years from now seems really important to me…I also like the artistic side of it, constantly watching and waiting for something to happen. I never let my guard down when I have my camera; I’m 100% aware of my surroundings.