A year or two ago I met these rad downhill skaters in Santa Barbara. I went to a couple sessions, shot some images, and came out with a few killer shots- (two of which can be found on posters in Arbor brick & mortar locations as well as online – the first image – in their skate division at http://www.arborcollective.com/skateboards/) – check it out!
We did another shoot at sunset with some flashes a week or so later and THOSE came out awesome. Then I moved away and was unable to shoot skating for over a year. Bummed.

Well, after a year hiatus from documenting those awesome moments and great people- I had to contact them again to do a shoot. I had been envisioning a particular corner in a road that goes up to one of my favorite climbing spots here in Santa Barbara. It is lined with incredible oak tress, lichen, moss & mushrooms. On a damp foggy day this little ecosystem thrives. Landscapes ridden with empty winding roads weren’t cutting it anymore- it had always been missing something- a focal point. Be it bikers, skaters, a classy car, whatever. The photo had to be created & I wanted it to be downhillsk8.
The first image in this series is the product of that vision –
Arbor Team Riders Eric Singer & Tyler Howell-(fresh from injury)-shredding wet pavement.

Eric rallied a few more riders after the shoot and the rest of the images in the series are outtakes from that morning.


About rtylergross

I am a professional photographer with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Photography from world renowned Brooks Institute. Please don't hesitate to contact me, leave comments, or inquire about any of my work! It is all for sale all the time and I look forward to helping you with the next project. Cheers

One comment

  1. kuan

    Amazing work and vision, Ty!

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