There are a lot of excellent skateboarding publications out there at the moment – the big boys aside – you’ve got Vague, Richard Hart’s Push Periodical, Casey Foley’s Ducktales, to name just a handful. Matt Price’s Golden Hour is certainly in this same mould – a project born from a love of skateboarding and backed up by great photography. We caught up with Matt to find out about his photography background and his plans for this new project.
All photos courtesy of Matt Price
Which came first for you, skateboarding or photography?
Skateboarding, 100%. I only picked up a camera because I was obsessed with skating and wanted to stay as close to it as I could forever. I was (and still am) a fat kid who was the worst at skating in my crew and I knew I was gonna have to figure out some scam to get involved with the skate industry, haha. Luckily for me it was a camera.
Who’s photography, skateboarding or otherwise, inspires you?
Oh man. Early on in photography it was John Humphries, Brian Gaberman, Atiba, Dave Swift, Grant Brittain, Ollie Barton and Scott Pommier. For the last 5 years or so it’s been Spike Jonze (skate photos and everything else), Jake Darwen, Thomas Campbell and Wig Worland. I just found out about Wig a couple years ago and am so late to the party, but he was pretty incredible! As for skating I really like anyone these days who brings me any feeling beyond the tricks. Dane Brady, Nora Vasconcellos and Kader get me pretty stoked on skating these days.
Do you have an all time favorite skate photo?
I probably used to, but I’d like to think I grew out of such ridiculous statements, because it’s not possible, haha! There’s no way I could pick one and with the internet now I have seen more skate photos in the last 3 years than in the previous 15 combined. My all time favourite all around photo however, is a William Eggleston picture called Untitled (Glass In Airplane). Look it up if you don’t know it. It’s been my phone back ground for like 8 years running.
“I’m less concerned with what’s actually happening in the photo and more stoked if that photo can convey the energy of skateboarding”
What in your mind makes a good skate shot?
Energy! I’m kind of sick of skate photos for the sake of journalism. There’s too many tricks and everyone can do everything now, so I’m less concerned with what’s actually happening in the photo and more stoked if that photo can convey the energy of skateboarding, which can be really hard to do.
Have you always planned to do your own magazine, or was this a recent decision?
I think I’ve always dreamed of having one, but it took me a while to realise that I didn’t want one in the way that they already exist. It took doing this to figure out what I wanted my version of magazine to be and I’m really excited about what ended up being the final product.