Touching Down

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jun 01 2011

Category: skateboard

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Focal Length:28mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D

Populating the Portfolio

Some significant additions to the portfolio site tonight – filled out the PAIRS page and added one for SKATE and CORTESIA (the cross-pacific sea voyage). Most of the work I put up has been featured here, though I re-edited all of the color on the Cortesia pieces to fit more coherently as a set.

When I see this image I don’t think Man! Now that’s a portfolio piece right there! Rather, I picked a ton of great images from my skate work (shot over nearly 30 consecutive days last fall at a suburban skate park), found a couple potential directions it could go, chose one, and then found the best handful of shots that fit that criteria and flowed well.

That being said, I am quite fond of the image. I wish I’d had enough even more similar images (airborne or just-landed headless skaters), but alas I didn’t realize I liked these shots so much until my days at the park were long gone. Ain’t no balanced horizontal or vertical lines here. In the ramps it’s pure diagonal geometric order, while the skater is a more organic but still haphazard collection of angles.


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