Hi everyone! Herbasaurus, your US City Slicker from Seattle here. For this next lomo adventure, we journey to a city near my hometown. From Seattle, take a ferry over to Bremerton, then a short drive over to Silverdale. There you will find Gateway Skate Park a few minutes right off Highway 303. This small skate park, located next to a dog park, may seem small, however, is large enough for local skaters to practice and show off what they got.
I met up with a friend of mine, Shawn Tower. A few days earlier, I asked him if I could take pictures of him skating and he was super stoked! I always had a bunch of friends that skated, however, I never got into it as much as they did. I always enjoyed the occasional cruise on longboards, but I did not delve too much in tricking.
We met up after work on a nice sunny afternoon before a game of Ultimate Frisbee. We normally play on Mondays and through Ultimate Frisbee, I met Shawn. He has was skating way before I knew him and is a regular here at the Gateway. When we arrived, everyone greeted him with smiles. I met a few skaters, as well as a bmxer. While talking to some of the skaters there, they explained what tricks they were learning and how long they have been skating. One fourteen year old skater, named Alex (if I remember correctly), said he started eight years ago and has never stopped since. Talk about dedication! After flying through the skatepark, he later explained to me that skating is so dangerous, but he has never broken anything…yet. Yikes.
For this shoot, Shawn would generally tell me what trick he would do and where I could generally position myself to keep myself safe, if anything happened. You never really know how steep these verts and ramps are until you are standing around them. Some tips and advice I can share is to stand around in various places around the park and get a good feel of the movement of the skater, in particular, the speed and height of the trick. It also helps to introduce yourself to the other skaters in the park and let them know what you are up to!
This experience was so fun! I have never shot skaters before and I learned a lot. This made it a challenge, but I had a great time meeting skaters and learning more about the local skate scene. I will definitely visit the park more often, meet new people, and check out what new tricks everyone is working on. I encourage other Lomo friends to go and check out the local skate scene! Everyone I met there were excited to teach and share their knowledge of skateboarding.