Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mobile Party Unit: Digital Dump #1 aka "My First Skate Photo"

So, since going on my skate photography hiatus (or as some have called it, "falling off"), I've been getting the itch to shoot again. Luckily our annual Pile Out New England trip came about so I was able to scratch that itch, but I didn't wanna do the whole "set up flashes, focus, time things correctly, etc." thing. You know, actually give a crap. Because who am I kidding? Even if a mag did run these I'd get paid in Twizzlers (which sounds awesome btw). And in my opinion, everything just looks the same anyway. Heck, even magazines run the same articles they ran in the year 2000 (another "night skating" feature? really?). Plus, kids with their iPhones can shoot photos just as well as my $2000 of blood, sweat, and tears. There's probably an Instagram filter called "TWS 2011" for all I know ("Thrasher 2007" is better though, the exposure is all off. Zing!). So here's my new take on photography, design, and art. It's called the "Un Movement".

The Un Movement, because "Undoing Is Better Than Doing". Yup, that's a tagline made of gold right there (any employers reading this? Hire me. Seriously). And before you give me your opinion on it all (the movement, not the tagline), here's my rebuttal: It's the innovative way to be lazy, not an excuse to suck at things. It's the movement of our generation. 30 years from now, critics everywhere will say "Oh my, look at that use of Comic Sans, must be from the Un Movement" and "Ahhh, he must not have metered, that has Un photo written all over it". Anyway, here are my photos from the trip, all Unned out and everything right from the start. Flash on camera, shutter too slow, you name it, it's in there. I didn't even use Photoshop to color correct or resize these, I did it in Preview. And come to think of it, I didn't even color correct these at all, so take that. How much more "un" can I get you ask? Well, I have 10 rolls of film that I shot on this trip and I'm not even going to develop them, that's how "un" I am. Alright, enough. Enjoy!

The bestest crew in the whole world!

Nick, the rook of the trip. Half in frame, half who knows what.

Jess Dog round the corner. Ass shot.

Bill tailsliding out of darkness. I promise I won't walk you through every photo, I'm just getting you used to the Un style of things.

Not an Un photo of Dillon's nosegrind you say? Pfft. I had an edited version that was very Skateboard Mag 2008 but I edit-undid it.

This is Willy Akers. He killed it this trip both in the van and out.

Another thing about Un skate photography, which is frowned upon in regular skate photography, is having yourself in the shot. Even the foot of your god damn light stand can't be in the frame. You know how many hours I've wasted photoshopping out crap like that? I can't even come up with a clever metaphor to begin describing it to you.

No flash, finger on the lens. What.

And now for some cool hangout pics, because that's what we're best at and that's why we go on these trips, right?

Check out the file name of this pic: "dan pad me". Old Nick would've wrote "Dan_pad_fun.jpg" but this is un nick talking and it's time to get selfish for once.


That's all for now. This is only from about 2 hours from one day of a week-long trip, so there will probably be about 19 more entries. I promise I won't rant on every one though, this post made me tired.

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