For awhile photographer Eric Martinez has been nice enough to send us some shots he takes with team rider James west. After a few e-mails back and forth I decided to whip up a little interview to get to know the secrets and get an inside scoop on the life of a photographer.
Aidan: Hey Eric, How's it goin?
Eric: Doing well thanks, lets get this ball rolling!
Aidan: Sounds good, How long have you know James West for?
Eric: I've known James for over five years. We've been working together on photos for his sponsors for almost two years. He's the easiest skater to work with. He understands that you have to work hard not only to get the shots, but push yourself to get the trick too.
Aidan: How long have you been shooting photos?
Eric: I've had a camera in my hands since I was in middle school, but professionally for eight years. I was a photojournalist in the army for most of that time.
Aidan: What is your favourite style to shoot?
Eric: I think photographers can learn the most the they leave their comfort zones. I like to challenge myself to shoot everything. Portraits, Concerts, Rock Climbing, Cars, Skating... Whatever comes up.
Aidan: When you're not shooting photos you are...
Eric: Resting. Creativity takes alot of energy. For me, its valley's and peaks. I'll spend three weeks out of the month crushing it with photos or creative projects. Living and breating it, then usually take a break. Sometimes I never want to do it again. Its like that girlfriend you love to hate. Photographing skaters usually brings back the stoke.
Aidan: Go-to shooting setup?
Eric: Nikon D700 and a Nikon AF-d 85mm 1.4
Aidan: Whats your favourite photo you've ever taken?
Eric: That's tough. There's not a singlalr photo I can think of. I'm always trying to one up myself. If I had to chose, it's be the photo I captured whule standing under a black hawk in Egypt.
Aidan: Any shoutouts/links?
Eric: I'd like to thank all the skaters that have allowed me to shoot photos of them and all the companies that have used my work. It's not about recognition or monetary gain, but about promoting the rad skaters around you. Putting your talent up against theirs to show that perspective of the world. If you're lucky, it'll get picked up for an ad. If not, it was just about the journey.
Aidan: Thanks a bunch Eric, It was a pleasure chatting with you and I cant wait to see some more of your shots in the future!