Skateboarding / by Michael Rennie

I've been skateboarding since I was about 14 and I'm still rolling at 32.

Skateboarding has influenced every aspect of my life.

I made friends skateboarding, heard new music, visited weird places and learned to see things differently.

I practised for hours and fell more times than I can count.

I was constantly covered in cuts and bruises.

I skateboarded everywhere.

I even met my wife, Kate, at the skate park and we've been together ever since!

I don't plan on stopping skating until my old bones can't handle the pain but when I do eventually hang up my Vans, I have another obsession to keep me occupied: photography.

Skateboarding is fun

My love for photography stems from skateboarding: magazines, videos and websites filled with images of amazing skaters were the fuel that kept me pushing my skateboard and pushing myself to improve. 

Jack has pop!

Jack has pop!

I tried to take pictures to emulate what I saw in the magazines and generally failed, I had no idea about photographic technique or equipment. I just wanted a fish eye lens.

A fish eye lens was the holy grail of skateboarding photography (as far I was concerned), it allowed the photographer to get close and low; making tricks look more dramatic and exaggerating the size of objects.

When I eventually got a fish eye lens and my photos were still mediocre, as it happens learning about photography takes just about as long as learning to skateboard. Thankfully it doesn't involve as many sprained ankles, smashed up shins or grazed elbows!

Now it doesn't matter if I'm shooting with an old Rolleicord or my Olympus OM-D E-M1, I can get the shot's I want. No fish eye required!

Skate and create!