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US Cityslicker Nicolas: Nico On Wheels in the City by the Bay

My city is a place that’s always in motion. So, in celebration of Go Skateboard Day, I shot a LomoKino movie while skating to show what my skateboard and I see whenever we (carefully) roll down the streets of San Francisco!

I’ve heard that this city is like a mecca for skateboarders everywhere. But still being new to San Francisco, I don’t know many skaters to interview or even local spots to write about. Instead, I thought it would be fun to try something different and slightly dangerous according to my mama. Shout out to yaybeagleia for the skateboard hookup!

My favorite thing about the LomoKino is that since it’s so new, there are so many untapped possibilities when it comes to moviemaking. I’m always trying to think of interesting concepts and styles of shooting a motion picture. I would love to see a real skate video shot on this 35mm moviemaker someday.

At first, I thought it would be easier to take my LC-Wide or even a Fisheye for this article. With those super wide-angle lenses, it would’ve been a snap (no pun intended?) to get shots from the board’s perspective and still get a view of the city. But I felt stills could never live up to the excitement and rush of weaving through pedestrians and trying not to get hit by vehicles.

Even though I don’t really skate, there’s something very beautiful and poetic about watching others do it so well. I feel the same for analogue photography. It takes patience and passion to do it right. Although my skating skills don’t seem to be getting any better, I’m constantly trying to see the world in a different perspective with film and trying to push myself to try new things. That’s where I got the idea to shoot this video!

Movie by lomographysf

Unfortunately, it was easier said than done! I haven’t skated in over 5 years and to shoot a LomoKino movie while doing it, on busy Market Street no less, proved to be extremely difficult. There’s a shot in particular where I turned the camera to myself and you can see the fear I had trying not to get run over by the Union Square traffic. Even keeping the camera steady while I was cranking proved to be a challenge!

Whether you’re a skater or a photographer, whether you choose to celebrate with a skateboard or an analogue camera, just go outside and make this day special. Whatever you do, make Go Skateboard Day your chance to discover new possibilities!

written by nicolasesc

2 comments

  1. tisburylane-

    tisburylane-

    I love the video! It's simplistic, but really cool. The still shots are very nice as well!

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  2. sixsixty

    sixsixty

    This is amazing! Love it!

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