In Frame

In Frame: Sem Rubio

1.Kristian Bomholt, backside flip. Barcelona, 2004.

The first photo that comes to my mind when someone asks me about a favourite photo of mine from past years, is this one. I met Kristian in Barcelona around 2003-2004, and I was lucky to go out to get some photos with him a few times over the next few years. It was shot in downtown Barcelona, whilst skating with Kristian and Dani (Lebrón). The noise of Kristian jumping on the board and pushing caused the pigeons to fly off, after which they decided to turn around to the left, flying between his backside flip and my lens. When this type of thing happens – especially when you shoot on film – you are never sure how it’s going to come out. Were the pigeons in the picture or not? And, if so, how where were they positioned? You’re always hoping that something nice was frozen in the frame, but often the result can be quite hard to predict. I needed a few looks at the negative, a couple days later, to see that the image had come out even better than I expected.


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