Skate & Snap – Leigh Harrison
Leigh shares the same pain as many other British skaters brought up in towns with fuck all to skate, except for the few spots that are rinsed to monotony. That problem is the main basis behind my theory of why 6 year old American kids seem to be able to shred way beyond their years: because the US is basically 10,000,000 km² of pristine concrete. I guess the fact that they have skateboard training camps helps, too. Leigh told us a bit about his local skate scene in Grimsby.
“Being born and raised in an old fishing town, which is deprived of inspiration and aspiration, I find it hard to pick out the best of where I live. The locals are mostly friendly, but there are hardly any decent spots to skate, which makes the only ones that we have completely overused and, quite frankly, dull and boring. Shooting skateboarding photography isn’t just a one man effort. Not only does the image have to be aesthetically pleasing, but the action in the image has to be interesting. I personally prefer the documentary and lifestyle shots to the action shots. I just try capture what goes on around me and try and reflect my life with my images.”