Echo Park #2

LosAngelesAlleysDotComEchoPark – Photo by Paul Michael Neuman | Used with permission

I was with [my daughter], heading to Origami Records on sunset (Thurston Moore there), and had parked the car on Glendale heading north (on the east side of Glendale, in front of, or just near, a stretch of small store), just a bit south of the sunset overpass, and ran back a bit to take the photo: looking east.

–Paul Michael Neuman.

Skateboarding in a Westlake Alley #3

We conclude with Taylor’s final shot, which speaks for itself:

Sean Bloom - back tailWestlake | Photo by Taylor Fitz-Gibbon, used with permission

See the whole series of Skateboarders in Alleys here and more of Taylor’s shots here.

Tune in next week for another series.

Skateboarding in a Westlake Alley #2

Continue our series, skateboarders in alleys, we stay in Westlake:

Austin Squire - front lipWestlake | Photo by Taylor Fitz-Gibbon, used with permission

The skate photos I shoot are almost always a collaboration between me and the skater.  So yes, they are usually set up to some degree.  When we get to a spot, if I’m not skating myself, then I’ll be snooping around looking for interesting angles while simultaneously talking with the skater(s) to see what tricks they are interested in trying.  Then I’ll envision the trick in my head and try to get an appropriate angle for that trick, which also places that trick within the context of the urban space.  Depending on the lighting and the location, I also sometimes will shoot with two external flashes which are linked up via radio transmitters.  This freezes the action in low light, but can also serve to emphasize the skater within a scene. – Taylor Fitz-Gibbon

Final shot tomorrow and see the whole series here.

Skateboarding in a Westlake Alley

Continuing with our theme, skateboarders in alleys, we travel to Westlake:

Austin Squire - front boardWestlake | Photo by Taylor Fitz-Gibbon, used with permission

Over the last two or so years I have slipped out of the skateboarding world.  A lot of the people I used to shoot photos of moved away, got injured, or just generally stopped skating as much.  My life also got infinitely more busy once I started studying for my masters in urban planning at UCLA, so I no longer have the time to spend many hours each week exploring the streets and then come home and process all the images.  I do however, still skate from time to time, and my experiences as a skateboarder still have a daily impact on my life as a student of cities. – Taylor Fitz-Gibbon

More tomorrow…

Skateboarding in a Santa Monica Alley

Continuing with our theme of the week, Skateboarders in Alleys, our photographer Taylor Fitz-Gibbon continues:

LosAngelesAlleysDotComSantaMonicaSanta Monica | Photo by Taylor Fitz-Gibbon, used with permission

For about 4 or 5 years, the most important passion in my life was shooting photos of skateboarding.  Rather than trying to capture “extreme” maneuvers, I was more interested in placing the skateboarding action within the context of the city.  I felt more like an architectural photographer than an action photographer.  However, I was also fortunate to be friends with so many ridiculously talented skateboarders who were finding innovative ways to exploit the urban landscape on a daily basis. – Taylor Fitz-Gibbon

More tomorrow…