Dave Swift - Two Rolls

Dave Swift has been shooting rad photos longer than you’ve been alive (probably). We were hyped to have him in the mag.

Check out his feature from issue 22.

Photo: Clay Kreiner

Photo: Clay Kreiner

When I started on this Skate Photography adventure back in 1989 there was no digital option, so learning how to expose film was the only choice. In the first couple of years things were pretty hit and miss but remembering exposures and flash settings that worked gave more accurate results. I remember going from proof sheets with about ten accurate exposures to practically the whole roll exposed correctly in just a year or two. The more frequently I shot the better and more consistent results were and my stress levels while on skate trips went down immensely. Imagine being on a six-week long trip shooting roll after roll and not being completely confident of whether you exposed it correctly or not. Returning from a trip, turning in the rolls and opening the boxes to see the results was almost as exciting as opening Christmas presents as a kid. Well, maybe even more exciting. 

So, for ten plus years I shot film exclusively and I’m glad I did because it made me think before I pushed the shutter button every single time. Around 2006 I put the film camera on the shelf and just shot digital for The Skateboard Mag until I got my original OG Nikon FM2 and fisheye back from Heath Kirchart in 2013. Since then I’ve always carried a film camera in my bag wherever I go and try and expose a few frames at each shoot. This article is from two such rolls that were in my camera from June 2017-November 2017 and scanned at Chrome Digital in San Diego, California. Hopefully I’ll process some new stuff soon. Enjoy.

I met a bunch of ripping Portuguese skaters and hit some spots in southern Orange County in 2017. Gustavo Ribeiro was one of them and this flat bar to drop in San Clemente, California was quickly handled.

I met a bunch of ripping Portuguese skaters and hit some spots in southern Orange County in 2017. Gustavo Ribeiro was one of them and this flat bar to drop in San Clemente, California was quickly handled.

I love it when brothers share the same passion for skateboarding. Kanaan is the younger brother of Dalton Dern and they are from somewhere in Florida—what’s up with all these rippers from Florida nowadays? Kanaan loves a good handrail situation and this steep 13 is located in Temecula, California. We were getting the boot from some lady when he landed this crooked grind.

I love it when brothers share the same passion for skateboarding. Kanaan is the younger brother of Dalton Dern and they are from somewhere in Florida—what’s up with all these rippers from Florida nowadays? Kanaan loves a good handrail situation and this steep 13 is located in Temecula, California. We were getting the boot from some lady when he landed this crooked grind.

If you grow up in the area of Southern California known as the Badlands you better have some backyard pool skills. Tristan Rennie has a lot more than “some” and I might even consider him one of the best to ever do it. Bold statement I know but the way he handles his shit in most backyard pits is incomprehensible. Tailgrab flatwall to flatwall around the corner in San Bernardino, California.

If you grow up in the area of Southern California known as the Badlands you better have some backyard pool skills. Tristan Rennie has a lot more than “some” and I might even consider him one of the best to ever do it. Bold statement I know but the way he handles his shit in most backyard pits is incomprehensible. Tailgrab flatwall to flatwall around the corner in San Bernardino, California.

One of the last magazine features I did was an interview with Corey Glick for The Berrics mag, and during those shoots lots of Tum Yeto bros would be out ripping alongside Corey. Blake Carpenter was one of them and this ollie in Los Angeles was XL!

One of the last magazine features I did was an interview with Corey Glick for The Berrics mag, and during those shoots lots of Tum Yeto bros would be out ripping alongside Corey. Blake Carpenter was one of them and this ollie in Los Angeles was XL!

This was last time I shot photos of Ben Raybourn when he was down in San Diego filming for his Welcome to OJ part . . . Or maybe it was for Birdhouse Saturdays, I can’t remember. Anyway, we met up at the Zeuner ramp in Encinitas and Ben was ripping as usual with a weird but solid bag of tricks. This mute grab from the deck over the channel is just one of the things we got.

This was last time I shot photos of Ben Raybourn when he was down in San Diego filming for his Welcome to OJ part . . . Or maybe it was for Birdhouse Saturdays, I can’t remember. Anyway, we met up at the Zeuner ramp in Encinitas and Ben was ripping as usual with a weird but solid bag of tricks. This mute grab from the deck over the channel is just one of the things we got.

I can’t believe this backside noseblunt shot of Cory Juneau from a famed Oceanside California ditch was shot in 2017, and still hasn’t seen the light of day. Cory is probably one of the most naturally gifted skaters I’ve ever seen and makes everything look so effortless. Coming in on the slippery graffiti plastered concrete made it all that much more hairball.

I can’t believe this backside noseblunt shot of Cory Juneau from a famed Oceanside California ditch was shot in 2017, and still hasn’t seen the light of day. Cory is probably one of the most naturally gifted skaters I’ve ever seen and makes everything look so effortless. Coming in on the slippery graffiti plastered concrete made it all that much more hairball.

Julian Davidson and a backside kickflip over the sidewalk at a short-lived Long Beach, California spot.

Julian Davidson and a backside kickflip over the sidewalk at a short-lived Long Beach, California spot.

Maybe you saw this already as the digital version of Jeremy Leabres front blunt transfer in San Diego was used as a Toy Machine ad. Maybe not.

Maybe you saw this already as the digital version of Jeremy Leabres front blunt transfer in San Diego was used as a Toy Machine ad. Maybe not.

One of Oregon’s unsung heroes is Frank Shaw; this motherfucker rips! We ended up at this ditch in Palm Springs and Frank did this ollie to dumptruck in a couple tries. Oh, he also ollied it but my film version sucks (flash didn’t fire etc...) Sorry for being crummy.

One of Oregon’s unsung heroes is Frank Shaw; this motherfucker rips! We ended up at this ditch in Palm Springs and Frank did this ollie to dumptruck in a couple tries. Oh, he also ollied it but my film version sucks (flash didn’t fire etc...) Sorry for being crummy.