He brought us the impeccable stills of the InTransit crew. He’s delivered Pacific Standard zine, complete with many collaborators, a clean design, and the most enviable paper stock. Familiarize yourself with up and coming photographer Derec Patrick, you’ll being seeing more of him. I know everyone says that, but I’m serious. The guy actually seems pretty motivated. –Luke Callahan
How long have you been shooting skating? What got you into it?
I’ve been seriously shooting skating for about three years now, since I was 17. At that point, I was able to save up enough to get a decent setup and old enough to start driving around to spots. Prior to that, I was shooting with a Nikon D40 my pops actually found and gave to me for my birthday.
Is there one photograph or photographer that inspired you to take up photography?
There is one photograph that comes to mind. It’s a photo from a larger sized Skateboarder mag. It’s of Nestor Judkins doing a front blunt transfer on this barrier in Germany by John Bradford. I’m not sure what it was about the photo. Maybe it’s the story that coincided with it about how they got arrested for skating government property. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s medium format and it had a different look from the digi stuff in the mag. Or that I was old enough to somewhat comprehend what was going on. But I just remember being a kid and thinking, “This is the coolest fucking thing. I want to do this.”
How did you end up linking up with the guys from InTransit?
Well I work at Furnace Skateshop, the shop Billy Davenport rides for. When I first started working there is when I met Billy and at that point I had been shooting for a little bit. He was pretty intimidating too, especially after that TA-HA part. Anyway, he took me night skating to this rail and that’s where I met Darien Brown and Steven Ban for the first time. I think Darien and I clicked because he was psyched on this King Krule song I was playing in the car. I shot a very flat, terrible, photo of Billy doing some gnarly back overcrook. Since then I’ve been skating with those guys almost everyday.
Do you have a favorite photo of your own?
I’m pretty psyched on this one from that ditch in Malibu that everyone’s been skating. Matt Militano, Victor Garibay, Cody Thompson and I were so psyched to go but when we got there with an eighteen pack in hand and ready to have a good time, the thing was filled with dirt. It was a real bummer. But these guys made the best of it, cracked a few beers and just tried pumping around the dirt as fast as they could. Matt and Victor skate opposite things so it’s cool to see them having fun skating the same thing with two completely different styles.
What’s the best and worst advice you’ve been given on photography?
The best advice I’d been given is from Cameron Strand told to him by Oliver Barton. I think it was, “Skate photography is a lot like farting. If you force it, you get shit.” If anything the worst advice I’d been given is to have a lot of flashes. I wish I would have started utilizing ambient light earlier on. Heavily flashed stuff is necessary sometimes but just gets so boring.
What advice would you give to up and coming skate photogs?
It’s tough to say being that I’m still in that boat, but just have fun. It often gets overlooked. The reason why you’re doing this is because you don’t want some miserable office job. Don’t make this too much of a job. Just go skating with your friends and have a good time.
What are some of the publications you work has been featured in?
I started a zine called Pacific Standard about a year ago. When I started it, my photos weren’t good enough to get ran, but I still felt like it would be a waste to just throw them on the web for everyone to forget the next day. Both photogs and skaters put a ton of effort into it, might as well give the photo what it deserves. I also didn’t like how D.I.Y. seems like it has to look like a Lowcard or something. Which has it’s place, but I was going for more of a refined D.I.Y. that had a clean layout, like 43 Magazine or Dank. So I saved up some money and made a small print publication and it got a pretty decent reaction. I did a second issue in March with some contributing photographers and now I’m just working on making it quarterly and keeping it more consistent.
Jake Smith, 180 no comply on the cover of Issue 2 of Pacific Standard. 100lb paper. 72 pages. Get a copy for $10.
Do you prefer digital or film?
I definitely appreciate and prefer the look and feel of film, but right now I’m shooting digital. I can’t afford film at the moment. I actually just sold my Contax T2 so I could put some money into the next issue of the zine.
Who’s your favorite to shoot and why?
My favorite person to shoot is probably Tony Karr. He’s always skating things differently and you can’t touch his style. He’s got that flavor and it’s so effortless. I also like shooting with Victor Garibay because he’s super original. Not everyone can skate the spots he does. Not to mention he skates them super fast and super powerful. It’s also really hard to shoot Victor because he’s so damn picky, so it’s pretty cool when you come away with a photo. But I truly love skating with all of the main InTransit dudes. They’re all super talented and easy to shoot. It’s great because we’re all really good friends too.
What’s in your camera bag? What’s your go-to set up?
Poler Excursion Bag
5D Mark II
Canon 15mm F2.8 Fisheye
Canon 40mm F2.8 Pancake
Canon 70-200 F4L
Pocketwizard Flex TT5
4x Pocketwizard Plus II’s
2x Einstein E640’s
2x Vagabond Mini’s
As of late, I haven’t been bringing my bag and I’ve just been running the 40mm pancake. That thing is amazing for the price.
What’s the most interesting story behind one of the sessions you shot in InTransit?
I feel like there are so many, but I feel like Jeff’s Gap to 5-0 in Philly means a lot to me. We drove out there from LA with five people in Militano’s small Honda Civic packed to the brim. We went to that spot once and Jeff grinded it but then it got too dark for anything else. Then we ended up going to New York, came back to Philly and on the last day before we left for home, Jeff decided he wanted to 5-0 it. I’m not sure if it’s noticeable but the ramp he has to go up is diamond plated. So every time he got to the top, he’d have no speed. He had to skate so fast to gap to that thing. And when he landed it, a neighbor from across the street yelled “Ishod Who?” The trick was really the cherry on top to that whole trip.
“And when he landed it, a neighbor from across the street yelled ‘Ishod Who?’ The trick was really the cherry on top to that whole trip.”
What’s your favorite clip from the video?
It’s so cliche, but I have to say the ender. We went to that spot probably 5 or 6 times prior and got kicked out every time. And every time Billy was almost ready to do it. You could see how much it tortured him that he hadn’t done it yet. Billy’s the dude who isn’t really anxious when it comes to that kind of thing, so to see him like that worried me. The rail’s no joke. I’ve heard rumors that multiple people have stepped to that thing including the likes of Leo Romero, Oscar Meza, and Nick Merlino. The last time we went, Billy just went for it and did it first try. The way he gets a little caught up after the kink and pulls through it is amazing. And his face after he lands is priceless.
Billy Davenport, 50-50. Long Beach, CA. Check the clip.
“The last time we went,
Billy just went for it and did it first try.”
Any upcoming projects we can look forward to?
The next issue of Pacific Standard should be out sometime in July.
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