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Skater: Colin McKay 
DC Ramp - Vista, California
2006

I don't know how many thousands of hours I've spent at the DC Ramp over the last six years, prior to shooting this photo. So many. And because of the fact that you end up in the middle of the ramp if you don't pull a trick, I see those guys skate back and forth in the flat bottom quite a bit. But every time I would watch them in the middle of that giant ramp it just looked so cool to me. So one day, while Colin was trying to film this trick, I grabbed a giant strobe, put it directly across from me, and started snapping photos.

I remember him looking up and asking me what I was doing taking pictures of him pushing. I told him not to worry about it, that I was just having fun. But I knew that the picture would look rad. Because no one ever sees that, they only see photos of these guys in the air above it, or on the lip. And I've spent so much time in that place, shooting every part of that ramp, from every angle, I figured why not shoot a photo of the flat bottom as well?

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Mike Blabac

If you've ever seen a shot of Danny Way on the Mega Ramp, you've seen a Mike Blabac photo. If you've even just thumbed through a skateboarding magazine in the last fifteen years, you've probably seen a Blabac photo. Blabac has been taking pictures of skateboarding since 1994, and skating since he was a kid. Before signing on with DC in 1999, Blabac shot for Chocolate, Girl, and Madcircle, and before that, he shot for fun. He is as passionate about skateboarding now as he was in the beginning, and that love shines through in his photos. The beauty of Blabac's images lies in their simplicity. Whether he is shooting action in the middle of a crowded city, or a portrait in an empty room, his focus is always on the subject, the composition is always slylishly clean. Blabac is the only photographer in the world who can claim to have his own signature pro model skate shoe. His first book, Blabac Photo: The Art of Skateboarding Photography, was published in June.

 

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