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“Some days things don’t work out”

Do you decide in advance with the skater what he’s going to attempt, or do you just see what’s going down at the location and let it happen naturally?

Sometimes you know, but I always try to let everything happen naturally. I know how ad must be shot, what photos DC needs for a catalog, POS, etc – so I just capture it as it happens. I’ve never been one to stress out on a skater in a negative way. I know how it goes – I grew up skating. I know that some days things just don’t work out, and you can’t let that discourage you. It’s not supposed to be lame and shitty – we’re all involved in skateboarding for a living.

We spoke earlier about the changing role of skateboard photography over the last 30-odd years, how do you see that developing in the future?

I see it developing it as it always has. There have always been phases. There was a cross processing craze, a Hasselblad only time, and an X Pan time – I feel the same holds true for the future. People went over board with Photoshopping, and now images in magazines are simply quality photography. (for the most part) I hope that it continues to be that way.

Finally, if you could go back in time and give the young Blabes some advice about becoming a skate photographer, what would it be?

My main bit of advice to myself would be to shoot more in the beginning. Less skateboarding – more photography… I would skate the DMV curbs across the street from my apt for hours with Jim and Tommy.

I remember eating breakfast at Eddies in SF and there would be Dune, Jason Lee, Natas, Huf, Etc chilling in there. Just to have some snaps of those guys back then would mean a lot to me now. I guess I was just a quiet kid from the midwest who was just stoked to be in the company of those guys who loved skateboarding more than anything…

So, back to Mikes book. The thing that struck me most about this stunning retrospective is that it could represent an entire lifetimes work, and the author could proudly look back on his achievements and reflect on what he’d accomplished.

But that’s just it – Mike Blabac is only 37! You get a sense that his body of work, to date, is simply whetting your appetite for what’s to come in the future…and, personally, В I can’t wait!!

Thanks a million, Mike!

To see more of Mikes work, or buy signed prints, visit his website

‘Blabac Photo – The Art Of Skateboarding Photography’ is published by Powerhouse Books. ISBN 978-1-57687-515-5

All Pics: В©Blabac Photo


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