Tom Waters’ Top 5 Skate Photos

Ah, the folly of youth. I remember being a 16 year old in Coventry, skating street and discovering the joy of riding a plank with wheels. It’s super rad that there are still yoofs coming out of Cov with the same love for skateboarding and knowledge of its history that we all probably exhibited as teenagers, and Tom Waters is a prime example. As part of the new generation of Coventry skateboarders, he’s been out taking some awesome photos in the city, and I was stoked when he wanted to write up his Top 5 Skate Photos (in no particular order) for the blog. – Ade


5. Tod Swank’s Push by J. Grant Brittain

This first shot, taken in the 1980s by J. Grant Brittain, is a great skate photo. Not because it’s some skater doing a mad trick as it typically is, just primarily because it’s a nice photo in itself. It is appealing to the viewer’s eye. We can see Tod Swank aggressively pushing into the bold shadow of the black and white image, conveying themes of power and confidence in his skating. It’s something which we as skateboarders can relate to: Pushing through an urban environment with your mates and bombing hills.


4. Jamel Marshall’s Crooked Grind by Josh Katz

Second photo, taken by Josh Katz, is another personal favourite of mine. Ideas of speed and freedom are given out by the image due to the fact the photographer has panned his camera while taking the image. As a result of this, streaks of light flow through the image, adding vibrant colours and making the image “pop” and appear appealing to the reader’s eye.


3. Leo Briggs’ Melon Grab by @4li.g 

The 3rd image, taken by a guy called Alastair (aka @4li.g on Insta), is of a scene at the newly created Grove DIY spot. It’s a funny photo, as someone who doesn’t know about skateboarding would look at it and feel worried for the two people sitting on the sofa. The image has a nostalgic feel, created by shooting this image on film, which gives the image a distinct “vintage” feel, and allows the image to stand out even more.


2. Tom Delion’s Backside Smith by Spliffiths

The 4th image taken by @Spliffiths is an example of a very high risk high reward photo. To achieve the angle the photo was taken from Griff had to get right up in the danger zone risking damaging his camera and even himself. However he managed to pull it off and achieved a pretty good result from doing so.


1. Samuele Guidi’s Pole Jam by Davide Biondani

The 5th image, by Davide Biondani, stands out to me – like the rest of the photos, it highlights the raw action of skateboarding. To take the image he’s used a fisheye lens,  iconic with skateboarding, which has allowed him to get up close while still getting the whole of the skater in the frame as he nails a pole jam.

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