When it comes to action shots, dynamic scenes, and cool photos, skateboarding places high on the list of photographers’ favorites to capture.
Skateboarding is among the activities that pair perfectly with photography, so we’re sure many of you are drawn to capturing skate scenes once in a while. It’s a favorite subject among street photographers, documentary photographers, and even fashion photographers as part of the youth culture aesthetic. So, it’s not surprising to find that Canon USA recently collaborated with Brooklyn-based photographer Josh Katz to explore and portray the symbiotic relationship between skateboarding and photography, as well as the rapport between skaters and photographers.
Out of the collaboration came a series of short films titled One One Thousandth. It was primarily put together to promote the Canon EOS90D and showcase the features that make it perfect for documenting something as action-packed as skateboarding. Still, whether you’re a photographer who enjoys capturing the sleek moves of this art in motion, or a skater who dabbles in photography on the side, we’re sure you’ll enjoy all six episodes. Watch the first episode below:
The first episode above presents the rationale for the collaboration and introduces us to some of the skaters we’ll see throughout the series. Consider it an intro of sorts. We get to learn a little bit about their motivations for the sport (or art, depending on how you look at it), the dangers they face (and often ignore), and what they think about having a photographer tailing their every move. “If cameras didn’t exist, I think skateboarding wouldn’t really look so cool,” one of them pointed out. When you think about it, he has a very good point: photographers place the spotlight on the craft when they document the skate life, one perfectly-timed shot at a time.
Want to see the rest of the series? Head to the following links to watch:
Ep 2: https://youtu.be/vqg-k0zCR2I
Ep 3: https://youtu.be/kurkJDEMt-c
Ep 4: https://youtu.be/aMg2r7tUCvE
Ep 5: https://youtu.be/ivy-Z7Acq10
Ep 6: https://youtu.be/C5hqAYGPVEw
Screenshot image from the video by Canon USA