Meet the Vancouver Skate Scene's Rising Photographer Gordon Nicholas

Connecting personal passions with photography.

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“There’s no such thing as a typical day of skateboarding for me, that’s what I think I like about skateboarding – the randomness, the inability to predict anything that’s gonna happen,” says Vancouver-based freelance photographer Gordon Nicholas. The Northampton, Massachusetts native moved to Vancouver, British Columbia at a young age, where he quickly bonded with the Pacific Northwest city’s rich skate scene before picking up various film and digital cameras that have snapped work for a host of renowned skating publications.

A skilled artist of portraiture, action and still shots, Nicholas majored in photography at Simon Fraser University and eloquently describes his line of work as “an unconscious way to hold on to what so often gets left behind.” And as a skater, he was naturally drawn to shooting the skate subculture; Vancouver’s skate scene, in particular, is still largely unexplored compared to other North American west coast counterparts like San Diego or LA.

And yet, “I don’t consider myself a skateboard photographer, because skateboarding is more than just skateboarding, and photography is more than just shooting one thing. Both of those together  allow for a ton of creativity and opportunities to do different things all the time,” Nicholas remarks. Get to know more about Nicholas and his work in his recent interview with Crane.tv above, and explore his portfolio on his website.

 

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