Scott Pommier is an independent photography professional from Vancouver. He started as a skateboarder, then became a professional street and sport photographer. He's a young artist who is always looking for the “peak action”.
Scott began getting into photography thanks to his mother’s SLR camera. Starting from shooting his friends while skateboarding, now he has a large variety of editorial and commercial jobs, plus a book project which is not complete yet.
He started as a skateboarder, so he has a certain set of skills which only skaters could understand: you should be fast and focus rapidly on the angle, because you have to know beforehand what’s going to be imprinted on film (but there are always some cool surprises). “If you’re a skateboarder, it really shapes you: I just can’t imagine my life without all the experiences that went along with starting to skateboard. It’s like to imagine what your life would have been like, if you lived in the 19th century,” Scott says.
Then an injury made him pick up a camera and start shooting his mates, while they were skating. Scott started to contributing to “Vehicle”, a Canadian skateboard magazine. This transitioned his life from a skater to a photographer.
This is the reason why he often says, “I didn’t think of myself as real photographer, because my motivation for getting good was that I wanted to be able to capture action the way I had seen it captured in skateboarding magazines.”
“You also have to capture what a sport photographer would call the peak action.” Not too early, not too late. You have to catch that single moment in the timeline; if you miss it, you’ll lose and nobody will buy your picture.
“I try to be ready for the fleeting moments. You miss them all the time, but that’s a part of it. There are always more to come.” So keep trying!
And if you ask him about past years and about what was photography before the digital era, he states, “I bought a copy of LIFE magazine from 1968 and it looked like it could have all been shot by the same photographer. Even the ads. I like that era.”
And about his actual projects: “I’m trying to get a book of motorcycle photos finished.”