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.