Proof Sheet: Colin Sussingham

Colin’s an eager beaver, always down to skate and drive the team around. He takes a lot of shit from us and doesn’t let it get to him. He’s intelligent, well hung, tech savvy, and has a strong nose manual? Wow. Colin’s photos are sick too, okay?—Conor “The Kid” Prunty

Cyrus Bennett, kickflip. *click to enlarge
Cyrus Bennett, kickflip. *click to enlarge

How long have you been shooting skating and what got you into it?
I’ve been shooting skating for about seven years now. My mom got me into photography, and it only seemed natural while skating to document it as well.

Is there one photograph or photographer that inspired you to take up photography?
I’m not sure if there’s one specifically that inspired me to take up photography, but one of my favorite photos is of Tod Swank pushing by Grant Brittain. Such a classic photo. His style, the black and white contrast, so dope.

What’s the best and worst advice you’ve been given on photography?
Best advice was actually said to me really recently by this photographer I work for, Richard Kern. I was asking for a critique on my non-skate photos and he told me to treat other photos the same way I treat my skate photos (energy, composition, etc.). I haven’t been given too much bad advice, other than people telling me to change my angle or switch my lens because that’s not how they would shoot it.

Do you have a favorite photo of your own?
That’s really hard to say. One of my favorites is definitely of Paul Tucci doing a no comply on this bank in Richmond, Virginia. It was just one of the moments where we were on a rad skate trip, everyone was really excited, the timing worked out and the energy of the crew was just pure hype. I think it was more of the memory of that trip that makes that photo stand out to me rather than the trick itself, even though Paul blasted that no comply super high.

Paul Tucci, no comply. *click to enlarge
Paul Tucci, no comply. *click to enlarge

What’s the most interesting story behind one of your photos?
This one time Max Palmer and I were skating this really shitty spot in Brooklyn. It was like a piece of metal popped up over a dirt gap onto a driveway. It was just him and me so I figured I’d take a photo of it cause I thought it looked cool. It was near a heavily Hasidic populated area in Brooklyn and this couple walked past at the perfect time to block the left side of the frame so it’s just the silhouette of a Hasidic couple walking as Max is ollieing this gap. I’m pretty sure he even landed that try too.

Max Palmer, ollie. *click to enlarge
Max Palmer, ollie. *click to enlarge

What advice would you give to up and coming skate photogs?
I still consider myself one so all I can say is shoot a lot of photos and have fun trying out different techniques.

Do you prefer digital or film?
I guess I prefer digital because it’s so convenient. Film is classic and will always have a place in my heart though.

What’s unique about shooting in NYC?
The spontaneity and the look. It sounds cheesy and has been said a million times but it’s true. There’re new spots popping up all the time. People complain about how bad the spots are here, but we keep going out there and people keep skating them.

Who are the best underground skaters in NYC?  Filmers?
Cyrus Bennett, Max Palmer, Paul Tucci, Andrew Wilson. I consider them to be some of my best friends so maybe I’m biased, but they are so good at skating. I don’t know if Johnny Wilson is still underground, but he films real good and so does Rob Harris, Peter Sidlauskas, and Paul Young.

What’s in your camera bag?
Canon 6D
24–105 mm lens, 50mm, 70–300 mm, fisheye.
Fuji x100, couple of speedlites and Pocket Wizards.
Bearings, skate tool, and wax.

Your photography website/tumblr:
Follow Colin on Instagram: @colinsuss

Colin Sussingham, self portrait.
Colin Sussingham, self portrait.

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