Hribar is one of those dudes that can do it all. He’s talented behind the camera and in front of it, and my favorite thing about Hribar is that he’s one of the coolest ass dudes. He’s one of the gnarliest East Coast skateboarders and he isn’t scared of any rails or to flick a kickflip down 16 stairs. If you haven’t seen his incredible kickflip down the municipal stairs in Philly that Viva La Bam Ollied, then immediately get off IG and google that shit. Adam rules in so many ways, and I’m thankful to call him my friend. I look forward to what more Adam Hribar has to offer the East Coast skateboarding. Keep ripping my friend!—Kerry Getz
How old are you and where do you live currently and where are you from?
I’m 29 years old. Originally from Langhorne, PA but now I live in South Philadelphia.
How long have you been shooting skating and what got you into it?
I have been photographing skateboarding for close to 18 years now. I naturally found a passion for both photography and skateboarding on my own at a pretty young age and it just made sense to me to combine the two. It all started when I borrowed my mom’s old digital camera (three megapixel Sony Cyber Shot DSC-S75). This camera was a beast in my 12-year old mind. I somehow managed to Scotch tape a 30-dollar fisheye lens onto it and thought it was the best camera setup ever.
After graduating high school I went and received a Certificate in Photography from Hallmark Institute of Photography in Massachusetts and went on to start shooting commercial advertising professionally, which I still do today.
Is there one photograph or photographer that inspired you to take up photography?
I was out on a session in my hometown with the Hot Wax dudes when they were meeting up with Ryan Gee to shoot a sequence of Chris Cole doing a huge backside wallride. Watching that and how he worked got me so inspired to shoot skateboarding. There was a moment when Gee’s camera actually died and he had no backup batteries and I just so happened to have one on me. It was such a great feeling when I handed him that fully charged battery to save the day.
What’s the best and worst advice you’ve been given on photography?
Best advice would have to be to take your time, really see the light and frame your shot, don’t just point and shoot. Also learn how to use that damn Histogram!
Any advice that ends with, “Because it is the right way to do things,” or “Because it is the best,” is the worst advice. Gather all the knowledge you can and do things your own way!
Do you have a favorite photo of your own?
If we are referring to these images here, my favorite has to be the one of Shamus’ switch 180 nose grind on Dorm rail. Just something about how the whole thing came together with the framing, lighting, and colors. Also helps that the trick is fucked and it only took him three tries!
What’s the most interesting story behind one of your photos?
The photo of Josh Feist ollieing over the spiked fence to bank has a good story. There are actually two of these photos. The first one was shot during winter 2017 and just after we got the shot, he slipped out and almost broke his tail bone which put him out for a little bit. The second shot happened a year later and right as I got my shit set up, some lady opens the door and tells us we can’t be here blah blah blah… So he just said fuck it and did it in like four goes. I tried to visually do the spot justice but it’s way crazier than it looks in the photo! Be on the look out for both Josh and Shamus, they blow me away every time!
What advice would you give to up and coming skate photogs?
Really just get creative and have fun with it! Find a crew or if you already have one, just shoot everything they do. Submit everything you can to magazines! Also try to post frequently and stay active on social media by creating a style or “brand” for yourself. Most of my photos are taken with just one strobe, you really only need the sun and one key light. Also, use a fisheye as last resort. Pop on a longer lens and look around for the most interesting angle, you will be surprised with what you find!
Best thing about shooting in your hometown:
It’s nice living close to my squad, Terror of Planet X, as I really only photograph them if I’m not skating a spot or decide to just shoot for the day. But if anyone in the Philly area is reading this and in need of a photographer, please feel free to reach out. I will gladly meet up to get a shot!
Do you prefer digital or film?
I love film and respect the hell out of it, but I prefer digital mostly because it’s what I’m used to and compliments my workflow. I admire the people who still shoot film, the dynamic range and colors are unachievable with digital. Shout out to Zander Taketomo, his film shots are phenomenal!
What’s in your camera bag?
When it comes to skate photography, I have a Sony a7iii as my main body, Sony a6500 as my backup, extra memory cards, Canon 15mm fisheye f/2.8, Canon 17-40mm f/4, Canon 50mm f/1.8, Schneider 90mm TS f/4.5, Alien Bee Einstein E640 strobe + battery pack, Canon Speedlite, three Pocket Wizards, a tripod, and a fucked up back…
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