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|Certain tricks and skaters are timeless, like this textbook backside nose grind by Matt Beach.|
I'm not really sure how it happened, but over the last ten years I became a skateboard photographer. Typical story -- I got hurt and blew my knee out skating when I was a teenager. While I was hurt, I hated sitting around at my house while all my friends were skating, so I picked up a camera and started taking photos.
In 2002, some of my friends opened an indoor skate park in Portland, Oregon, called the Department of Skateboarding -- I was lucky enough to get a job there. Over time I made a lot of good friends and ended up getting the opportunity to shoot photos of local skateboarders like Matt Beach, Tyler Bledsoe, Willis Kimbel and Devin Appelo. From time-to-time teams would come to town and drop by the park looking for spots and sometimes a photographer as well. The photos in this gallery are all a direct result from the friends I made at the Department of Skateboarding.