Andrew Norton is a freelance photographer from Toronto and this summer he had the enviable job of travelling around the U.S. with his DSLR producing a series of video interviews with some of the best skateboarding photographers in the business. Norton says his goal was to tell the stories of the people behind the lens who capture some of those epic skateboarding photos.
The idea for the series was sparked by the video above that Norton shot with fellow Canuck photographer Ryan Allan, who is originally from Grimsby, Ontario. Allan now lives in Southern California and has shot lots of legendary skaters, as well as brands like Adidas, Converse and Gravis Footwear, but he may be best know for his shot of Geoff Rowley jumping stacks of shipping containers. Allan tells the story behind this iconic photo in the video, and also talks about his love of old cameras, some of his favourite photos, and how his approach to photography has changed over the years.
The rest of the interviews will be released on push.ca every Tuesday starting September 18th and will feature eight different skate photographers including Grant Brittain, Mike Blabac, Michael Burnett and Mike O’Meally. I don’t think there are any more Canadian photogs in the bunch, but it will be an inspiring series of interviews shot by one of our own. Until the series is released you can check out this teaser video to tide you over!