For this week I decided to take a close look at some of my favorite pieces of gear. As a photographer there is nothing more essential than your gear and over time you really learn exactly what it is that you like, and what it is that you don’t like. In this case, I wanted to focus on a few things that I enjoy shooting with and talk a bit about each individual piece. Some people have a favorite lens, some have a favorite flash and if you’re anything like me and love all aspects of photography, I’m sure you have quite a few favorites. When I sat down to think about what I actually wanted to focus on I decided fairly quickly and got the project going. Take a few minutes and find out what gear that I can’t live without in this week’s TTL #84.
Well, this week is a little different than most. This week is all about what it takes to be a current day photographer in today’s society. I have been working as a photographer on many different levels and in many different aspects for almost a decade now and figured that I would offer some insight to anyone looking to do the same. Find out what works, what doesn’t work, and anything else that I think might help you out along the way while I write this up. If you haven’t noticed, the column has been the place to come for original interviews, photo how-tos, and basically anything that I think might help aspiring photographers find their path. It’s been an interesting place for me to do just that. I’ve honestly learned so much about myself, as well as my personal photography since the first column and continue to do so week after week. Let’s see how this one goes.
When it comes down to it, there are few people in life that can get away with truly being themselves and Hucker is one of those people. He’s the type of rider that can go anywhere in the world and he’s guaranteed to turn some heads. Whether it be because of his insane skills on a BMX bike, his unique personality, or simply one of his crazy haircuts people remember Hucker. He’s born and raised in Southern California and it shows in all aspects of his life. He always has a positive outlook on life, is down to get into whatever seems fun at the time and travels the globe on a regular basis. If that doesn’t qualify him as a bad ass, I don’t know what does. In between his many trips I caught up with him in the middle of nowhere in Pennsylvania to talk adventure and this is what came out of it.
For this week I wanted to do a feature on the film vs. digital debate. The battle began back in 1994 when digital photography was introduced on a consumer level and has been a topic of discussion between photographers for years now. When I started out as a photographer the only thing that I shot was film. It’s been well over a decade and I still shoot film, but in a very personal way. I don’t typically shoot film for my regular workflow but I try to mix it up when I have the chance to, especially while I am traveling in a new place. It’s all a personal choice and you like what you like but it is nice to know that film is here to stay for the long haul. There are too many people that enjoy film photography too much to get rid of it. The die-hards will do whatever it takes to keep the medium alive and I want to help contribute to that movement. I decided to breakdown a few things and speak my mind for a bit on the topic so, enjoy. This is one of those columns topics that I can’t believe I haven’t written about yet after all of this time and what better time to start than now?
I recently got the chance to hang out with Terrell Gordy during my last few days at Woodward before I headed back up to New York. We had made some plans to link up one morning at the coffee shop when he was working on a project with Haro Pro Seth Klinger. They were filming for an upcoming how-to feature that I’m sure you will end up seeing sooner than later. Terrell has been in the filming game for a while now and knows what he is doing behind the lens. He spent about five years working pretty much exclusively for Haro so I’m sure that most of you reading this are familiar with his work. It’s not easy to stand out as a filmer in 2013, but the truth is that Terrell works hard, knows his shit, and puts a huge amount of effort into each project no matter how big or small. That’s how you make a difference and that’s how you stand out from the crowd. Check out what we got into and take a few minutes to learn about one of BMX’s well-respected filmers.
Alistair Whitton is a rider that I’ve always looked up to. He’s always had his own unique style, and his own way of doing things. Being from England and being stuck riding inside gave him the drive to progress and eventually make his way to the states well over a decade ago. He actually came to America for the first time as a Camper at Woodward. That eventually led into being an employee, and then after proving himself to be worthy as a rider, he became a live-in pro. He’s had quite the career in BMX. He has ridden nearly every major contest across the globe, road tripped more times than he can count and currently has his sights set on stunt work at the moment. Alistair is looking to move to the next stage and use what skills he has gained from riding over the years while he is training hard to learn new techniques to put to use as well. He has already done work in a few big name movies and plans to continue on the fast track to being a legit stuntman. When you hear him talk about it you can tell that he wants to make it happen. He’s the type of person that I would take his word on it, especially after seeing what he can do on a BMX bike. It’s only a matter of time before we’re all at the theatre stoked to see a fellow BMX’er on the big screen chasing his dreams. I ended up cruising over to his house yesterday morning and hung out while he was making breakfast and getting his day started. I asked him what kind of interview he wanted to do; he said just hit record so that’s exactly what we did and this is what came of it.
One thing that I have noticed in life is that it’s much more enjoyable if you take risks, actively pursue your dreams, and constantly strive to better yourself. With that being said, I have recently had the urge to tell a specific story about a photo that I shot last October in Utah and feel like it’s the perfect time to do just that. As always, I try to keep the reader’s of this column interested and on their toes as far as what to expect week after week. I have an entire archive of photos that I could sit and write stories about but not every one stands out amongst the pack the way that this one does. It’s got a unique tale to tell and an ending that is incredibly bitter sweet that might catch many of you off guard. It serves as a constant reminder to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way and to always expect the unexpected.