Skateboarder Magazine Legend: Jim Goodrich Photographer
A couple of years I know the work of Jim Goodrich. Its classic and skate monstrous pictures captured my vision at first and inspired when photographing other skaters. After encouraging me to talk for Facebook inbox, I finished confessing that he likes a lot of my photos and my laburos. I could not believe it. That was several months after you intend to do an interview for Untitled Mag He agreed immediately and with a very good wave answered all questions I asked. Occasionally this good meet good people, and that despite having lived and documented an important part of the skate, continue to maintain humility and professionalism. With you from San Diego, California Jim Goodrich. CalStreets.com Jim Goodrich Gallery
Here is a google translated interview with Skateboarder Magazine Photographer Jim Goodrich.
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JG – I had an interest in photography in high school, but I never imagined what he would do at that time. It was after I broke my arm riding a skateboard I got seriously as he took pictures of my friends skateboarding.
JG – I got into skateboarding through my brother skating. I just walked in streets, gutters and bowls.
UM – When and in which medium was the first time published a picture of you? It was from then that you consider yourself a photographer?
JG – My first skate photo that was published in Skateboarder Mag was in the summer of 1977. At that time, I still consider myself an amateur photographer and I saw myself as a skateboarder who took pictures.
“Was the first time someone who was not a local had been invited to a pool of Dogtown. It was one of the most fun sessions I had ”
UM – What do you think that was the key to your success? Do you think being born in the USA will benefit in achieving that success?
JG – I had a passion and knowledge of skateboarding and photography, but never have achieved what I did if I had not lived in the center of the best skate scene in the world at that time, and skating with some of the best skaters in the world I provided the inspiration and the impetus he needed to become a better photographer.
UM – What was your first camera?
JG – The first camera I bought for the skateboarding was a Canon G-III, which was a fixed lens camera with 40mm. After I started working at Skateboarder magazine, Canon became my sponsor.
UM – Is there a skater with the best you got it when taking photos?
JG – There were very many skaters that I liked to photograph some of my favorites were Brad Bowman, Neil Blender, Mark Rogowski, Chris Miller, Dave and Paul Hackett, Christian Hosoi, Mike Folmer, Ellen Oneal, Vicki Vickers, Dave Andrecht, Darrel Miller, Darren Ho, Tony Alva, Shogo Kubo and Jay Smith.
UM – You never thought that being born in the right place at the right time is what allowed you to document some of the history of skateboarding?
JG – of course! I was born in the place and the best time in the history of skateboarding.
UM – What was he worked for the Skateboarder Magazine in the early los70′s. Strange those times?
JG – It was an amazing experience and something I had never dreamed of doing before it happened. It was full of good skaters and every day was a new
discovery and a new experience in every spot you were. Yes, I miss those times, especially to people.
“I would never have achieved what I did if I had not lived in the center of the best skate scene in the world at that time”
UM – What was the most enjoyed working for Skateboarder Magazine? At that time you considered it as a job?
JG – Working in Skateboarder never felt like work, above all my friends and family asked me when I went to get a “real job”. What I liked was that I was paid to travel and take pictures of my friends. I was fortunate to travel the world and hang out with good people.
UM – How did you decide to leave to go to Skateboarder Magazine TWS?
JG – I left when it became Skateboarder magazine Action Now. I could not do much when stopped covering skateboarding. I started working on Gullwing after being in the Skateboarder, and worked there as general manager and manager of the team for 5 years before working as an editor at Transworld. Gridding was there because I was looking for a new experience in the skate.
UM-pictures of you probably have several favorites. I also know that it is very difficult to choose, but, is there a favorite that you choose? If you want Tell us a like took.
JG – Every photo has a special memory for me, and they all remind me of the good times and the places you visit. I have no favorite, but I can tell you one of my favorites that are Tony Alva and Mark Gonzales in January 1978, the same month I started on the Skateboarder. Tony had invited me to a session in the pool, was the first time someone who was not a local had been invited to a pool of Dogtown. It was one of the most fun sessions I had, and the level of skating was amazing. You never knew what Tony was doing, was a real challenge to capture their energy and incredible talent.
UM – When did you realize that what you were doing was special for other people? How does it feel to know you left a legacy, a photographic record important for all who love skateboarding?
JG – Although I was always in the center of everything going on in the skate, it took me long to realize how much I enjoyed the rest of my photos. I began to be recognized in all the places and people he was praising me for the pictures they had seen in the magazine. As for my legacy, I feel great knowing that I captured something special from an amazing time in the history of skateboarding and now I can share it with others.
UM – What was it that motivated you to make the Skateboard History Timeline?
JG – I started in 2004 because many people were telling our story, but they had not been part and they were told wrong, then I decided it was time to those who lived to tell the story count as was true and I got in contact with everyone to give me their input. It remains a work in progress.
“I feel great knowing that I captured something special from an amazing time in the history of skateboarding”
UM – What camera you are using now? Do you use often Photoshop?
JG – I am currently foteando with a Nikon D90 and love it. I was reluctant to switch to digital for a long time, at least until the camera sensors are better, but now I love and have no regrets. Very little use Photoshop with my pictures, I prefer the result of the camera.
UM – Is there a skater who does not have photos taken and you feel like?
JG – I photographed nearly every major skaters of my generation, although some of my favorites did not get to shoot as much as I wanted. Some of them are from the Logan family, Torger Johnson, Gregg Weaver, and European skaters. Some of my favorites now that I love to photograph are Bob Burnquist, Pedro Barros, and Sergie Ventura.
UM – How do you see skateboarding scene in the U.S. today?
JG – I love that the skate is respected today. Is better than ever in most respects, but I miss the skate with style. Now it seems that many skaters are more interested in tricks in style.
UM – Are you currently working on a project?
JG – Yeah, I’m working on my book. It will not be an autobiography, but will tell the story of skateboarding through my eyes and my experiences.
UM – What do you have planned to do in the immediate future?
JG – I would be more active in the skate scene, but not well what I would do. Meanwhile, I’ll keep photographing the world around me.
UM – Do you consider social networking as a good way to continue to spread your work? Consider them as an opportunity to meet other people?
JG – For many years I refused to join any social network, but now I’m on Facebook and really enjoy it. It was a fun experience to meet the new generation of skaters and fans of my work, and is a great way to keep in touch with all my old friends skateboarding.
UM – What other artists or people inspire you?
JG – I’m inspired by anyone with a passion for life and pursues what he likes. I also feel a great respect for those who feel compassion for other people and try to make the world a better place for everyone.
“If you got a real love of photography you will learn the technical stuff while you take the pictures”
UM – What country would you like to know to take pictures of landscapes?
JG – There are so many places I visit. I would spend a month touring Europe and photograph people and places. China and India are two countries that also want to go. I’ve been in Venezuela, but many South American countries I would like to visit someday.
UM-know Argentina? If you did you would come some day?
JG – I’ve never been to Argentina, but I want to explore the whole country from north to south. Some of my favorite skaters are from Argentina.
UM-We note that nature is something you like. How does your life and your photographs?
JG – Yes, I’ve really begun to appreciate nature photography in recent years. I like traveling and seeing new places, makes me appreciate how precious life is and how amazing it is the planet where we live.
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UM – Are you going to art shows or museums? What was the last to leave?
JG – I like art exhibitions and museums, but not very often because I usually feel that what they show and I saw it and it takes a lot to really get my attention. The last time I went to a museum was to the Titanic exhibition at the Museum of Natural History in Balboa Park. There is a new exhibition skate at the Museum of Man I want to see.
UM – Is there any advice you can give to lovers of photography?
JG – Do not think too much about photography and just enjoy. If you got a real love of photography you will learn the technical stuff while you get your photos. Just pay attention to what works and what does not, and do not stop doing what you love.
UM – Last words?
JG – I’ve been very fortunate to have lived at such an incredible and do what I enjoy doing. I found skateboarding accident but changed my life in many ways, and still does today. Life is an adventure, so we never stop exploring new things and places.
By Untitled Mag