I’ve had this roll of film sitting inside of my broken Canon for the longest time now. The advance lever on it broke and I had to carry around a little wrench to advance the frame after each click. It was kind of a hassle but it is my favorite camera and I was determined to use it that day. As it turns out, that happened to be the only day I ever shot with this roll. These photos were shot on my first birthday after moving down to California and for the three years which followed, the roll and the camera just sat inside the glove compartment of my car.
I remember sending a manila envelope full of photos to Ride BMX one year and I wrote stupid captions on the back of each one. At the time, I thought they were funny, witty and clever. I no longer think they were witty nor clever but I do still think it was funny, in an awkward retrospective kind of way…
Anyway, I was really stoked when Jeff Z. picked this photo for one of the Reader sections in Ride BMX magazine. I also got an envelope full of photos back, stupid captions still in tact. These days, I live in the same town as Jeff and we’ve grown to become friends and ride together fairly regularly. Looking back, the whole situation is rather amazing considering he was and continues to be one of my favorite photographers in BMX, no homo.
Oh and my scooter got booted once in this parking lot. Who the fuck boots a scooter?