Photographers Stories 2013 - Chris Johnson.

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Photographers Stories 2013 – Chris Johnson.

Tom Harrison – smith grind.

With The National Skate Co. taking their first full team trip abroad in October last year, I jumped on board and headed to a somewhat chilly Poland with them. Having been flat out at the tail end of the reliable months (in weather terms) back in Britain, I’d had no time to do any research into Poland and the potential for spots over there beforehand and had no idea what to expect.

A few days into the trip, the National crew had racked up a solid amount of footage and we’d shot a handful of photos, but nothing that screamed Eastern Europe. Well, that was until the tail end of our third day! Our tour guide Kuba had taken us out to a picturesque statue spot above the city, which had the promise of smooth marble floor and a kind of kicker/street driveway. As soon as we got there I saw the chest high marble block, which sat at the foot of an amazing statue which towering above it. This thing was massive! Luckily Tom Harrison was with us as his ability to propel himself off the ground is second to none. With just about enough time to panic about the fading light and set up some lights, Tom cruised his way through a stylish smith grind.

This is my favorite photo from 2013 (maybe even my favorite photo I’ve ever shot) as it was a complete fluke that we ended up at the spot, that the light held on for us just long enough and that statue is a photo with a story in itself. I’ve gotta give it to Tom, he’s got some serious pop!


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