Slam Skateboarding 212

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“In all my years shooting with Slam, I would always look forward to the phone call saying, ‘Hey, it’s Photo Annual time’,” said Steve Gourlay, one of Slam’s most revered former senior photographers, when I got him on the line for an interview in this issue. “I’d always think about the ideas I had written down and who I could call up to recruit. Most of my Photo Annual shots were always pre-planned and thought out. I always loved those phone calls.” Steve started shooting back in the late ’80s, not long after the birth of this very magazine. These days, having shifted the focus of his lens to commercial photography, Steve rarely shoots skateboarding out in the field, but it’s still inspiring to hear someone of his calibre and vast…

5 min
steve gourlay reflects

FIRST ROLL OF FILM From a photographer’s nerdy perspective, one of my first memorable moments was processing my first roll of film. That was in 1989. I think it was a roll that had some shots of an Adelaide street skater, Mark Nathan, on it. He was brilliant. There were also some shots of Simon ‘Sac’ Reynolds and Paul Brabenec. To be able to print those was just mind-blowing. At a time when it was really difficult to see what was happening interstate, that’s when I realised it was possible to show other people what was going on around Australia. For this, Slam Magazine was the perfect medium. THE PINNACLE In 1990 I travelled to Europe and America, and I ended up in Bourges, France, with Gary Valentine, Lance Mountain, Ray Underhill and…

4 min
building futures: ethiopia’s first skatepark

There’s no shortage of things to shoot in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Crowded, rusting minibuses; half finished construction sites; corrugated iron fences painted bright green and yellow (the national colours) and, of course, the friendly locals. The whole place is teeming with life. As much as I enjoyed shooting those things, they were merely wonderful distractions from the task at hand: to document the building of Ethiopia’s first skatepark (a joint venture between Make Life Skate Life and the local Ethiopia Skate crew). Addis is a playground for cultural types. It’s the birthplace of coffee, world-renowned jazz, delicious food and, the reason I was there, a burgeoning skate scene. Ten years ago, there were only around three skateboarders in the city of Addis, now there are upwards of 150. A PHOTOGRAPHER’S DREAM I always…

3 min

344 PHOTO COMPETITION 344: if you can’t crack the code, that’s three dudes, for The 4 Skateboard Company. Nike SB Australia and 4 brought their boys Casey Foley, Mike Martin and Harry Clark together for a trifecta video part, and, as expected, the results oozed with style, skill and top trick selection. On the night of the premiere, the trio were bumped up to professional status with their own boards to a room of loud cheers and clinking beers. Now, thanks to 4 and Nike SB, you can score a package of 344 goodness to commemorate the occasion. For your chance to take home a box of all three boards from the Camera Series, three long-sleeve photo print tees, three sets of wheels and a pair of Janoski Hyperfeels, we want to…

1 min
corey leso

If you look closely at this photo you’ll notice that there’s a bench missing on the left of the tables. We perched the seat long ways up against the building for me to get high enough for this angle. I awkwardly perched from the makeshift vantage point to get the photo. In theory, I thought I’d find myself comfortably sitting up there like a tennis umpire or lifeguard at a beach. In reality, I balanced on one foot while holding myself up under an entry sign on the building. Thankfully, Corey made this wallie quite fast and I was able to shimmy down and stretch out my leg cramps. Well worth it.…

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ben lawrie

This picture was taken on our second visit to shoot Ben’s boardy. On the first attempt, we were greeted by a grumpy security guard who appeared after about five tries – including two sackings. The secko was sharp and he plonked his arse on the rail to create the ultimate skate-stopper. We politely asked if we could have a few more tries, but to no avail. Ben continued begging like a little boy, whinging, “Pleeeeease can I have one more go and we’ll leave! Pleeeeease.” I’d never seen someone whinge so politely. It was hilarious and admirable at the same time. The following week we were back for round two. And round two of Ben’s balls greeting the rail. Funnily enough, each sacking seemed to be a part of his strategy…