It’s not easy – but not impossible.

Are you still shooting skateboarding?

For the last few years I haven’t shot very much. I have developed a bad problem in the joints of my left foot and it hard to stand for very long on my foot and its almost impossible to squat down to shoot up close with a fisheye lens. You know I’m 62 now and I had my time basically twice in my life with Skateboarding and I’m extremely grateful to all the people, skaters, companies and magazines that have given me a chance to do what I did, and I’m happy to sit back and watch the other guys produce the great shots that they are producing now.В One of my favourites now is Steve Potwin from the San Jose Area. I really like looking at his work. He works with Steve Caballero and uses multiple flash the way I loved shooting at sunset.

Predictably, my final question is about what advice you’d give to people wanting to get involved with skate photography. In other words, what do you know now, that you wished you’d have known when you started out?

The advice I’d give them is to be serious about what you want to do. You have to invest in expensive camera gear these days and it really is hard to get close to the skaters that get published mainly because they already have photographer they like to work with and you have to know how to get your work seen by the people that matter. Be sure you want to do everything you have to do to become part of the scene. It’s not easy, but not impossible.

The only thing I wish I knew then that I know now, was that skate photography was going to become as big as it did. Most of us never thought about the longevity of the sport, or at least I didn’t. But all I can say is thank you to everyone that has been so kind to me over the years. It was really a special time in my life to achieve my goals and be appreciated for doing it.

Thanks for the memories and images, Ted – so stoked on getting reacquainted with you and your work. More of Ted’s superb images can be seen on his website.

[Inset: T-Bone В | В Pic: Mrs T-Bone]


Duane Peters | Claremont Skatepark | Indy Ad Thrasher Magazine Issue # 284 August 2004

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