Mike Blabac got his first camera, an old Nikon F3, at a swap meet in 1987. He’s been photographing his friends skateboard ever since, only now his friends are legendary athletes like Torey Pudwill, Danny Way and Wes Kremer.
Starting his career shooting on film, Blabac’s initial response to the evolution into digital photography was to vehemently oppose it. That is until he took the iconic photo of skateboarder Danny Way jumping the Great Wall of China in 2005; a shot that to this day circulates the web. Since then he’s adapted fully to an industry that continues to change on a daily basis, claiming a stake in the action sports photography space with a career spanning two decades. While Instagram heroes may ebb and flow, photographers like Blabac that have years of experience honing their craft will continue to rise through the noise.
His portrait shots of some of the top skaters in the world illustrate the unique dynamic between photographer and athlete.