Old guy from Alexandra Township

Monday, August 25th, 2014

I recently took another short photo walk around the township of Alexandra here in Johannesburg, South Africa.  There’s always something going on with the hustle and bustle of people flowing in and out of the houses and alleyways.  This old guy approached me and was very eager to get his picture taken.  This is him.

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Little Raylee Austwick

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Our cousin’s recently came to visit us for a week with their 7 month old little girl, “Raylee”.  We set up a photo shoot in our living room and here are some of the results.  She’s quite a little heart melter.

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Wheel Chair Crowd Surfer

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

This image is probably one of my favorite images that I took at the Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, Canada recently.  A guy in a wheel chair, crowd surfing.  That has to be a rare sight for sure.  Seeing the look on the guys face as the crowd passed him around and got him closer to the stage made my day.  It’s always aweosme to see people come together to help someone less fortunate than themselves and here, of all places, where I would have expected it the least.

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An afternoon with Elliot Sloan.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

I first met Elliot Sloan a couple years ago at the Maloof Money Cup which is now the Kimberley Diamond Cup here in South Africa.  On my recent trip to San Diego, California, I got to go to his house and shoot some photos of him on his ramp in his backyard, also known as the “Rockstar Energy” ramp…  Here are a couple of my favorite photos from the afternoon.

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An afternoon at the DC/Monster Energy Vert Ramp with PLG

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

One of the highlights of my recent trip to California was meeting up with PLG(Pierre Luc Gagnon) to shoot some photos at the DC/Monster Energy ramp in San Diego.   A picture of him helping me get the lighting set and a picture of the frontside air to wrap up the session.

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Lee La Douceur

Friday, June 6th, 2014

I first met Lee back in 2000 when we worked together at a Surf/Skate/Snowboard store in Ocean Beach California.  Our friendship kicked off immediately as we were into all kinds of similar things.  Music, skating and Mexican food.  Lee is an amzing dude, an amazing musician and surfer but most of all, one of the most amazing people you’ll ever meet.  I’ve missed this guy.  I shot this picture of him surfing the other day and it’s pretty much the first ever surf photo I’ve ever shot.  I’d be fine if it was my last, not that I hate shooting surfing, I’m just satisfied with the image.

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Evan Binge

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

I recently shot photos for the “Skateboarding for Hope” tour here in South Africa in which Evan Binge took 3rd place.  On the trip home my friend Mike and I discussed the results and how close it was and I said I preferred some of the other guys styles to Evan’s…  After seeing Evan skate this bowl here in South Africa, my opinion of him has completely changed.  He goes in hard and with all his heart and you can see it in his style.  Sorry Mike, you were right!

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Madagascar Boats…

Monday, May 12th, 2014

I was just going through some of the photos I took on our honeymoon the other day and stumbled across these.  A typical Madagascar style fishing boat out in the bay at sunset.  I loved it there and would really love to go back some day and shoot more photos, one of the most mystical places I have ever been to.

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Felix Arguelles & Manny Santiago

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

I shot this photo at the very first Maloof Money Cup in South Africa.  It was quite a wild experience and I have to say one of the best photographic jobs I have ever had.  Being a life long skateboarder and not only seeing but also getting to photograph some of the top professionals from around the world, how could it not be.  Felix Arguelles(left) was a top pro from back in my days of skating and here he is with Manny Santiago(right), one of the top pros from today.  Manny has become a high-light for the spectators here in South Africa for what is now known as the Kimberley Diamond Cup, he’s always having a good time, even if he’s competing in the final.

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Skatepark in the Ghetto

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

These are some shots that I took over the weekend at the skatepark in Alexander Township in Johannesburg.  I always knew it existed but never knew where it was and I have to say, I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was.  It’s a huge park with loads to skate and ride on and the kids there are cool which, for me, is key.  I really don’t care to hang out with a bunch of people that think they’re cooler than everyone else because they skate or ride better.  Who cares, we’re all there to have fun anyways.  It was fun watching these guys rip on their bikes and even more fun shooting some photos.  Thanks to the people that built the skatepark and gave those kids a place to go to and do something positive, it beats most of the parks I’ve seen in upper to middle class neighborhoods.

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