The David Marino Interview


      •    With the technology we have at our fingertips these days, it is possible to connect with people all over the globe with the click of a mouse. This is an especially useful tool for skateboarders. Whether you want to find a couch to crash on across the Atlantic or just want to show your footage to fellow skaters, the internet is bringing the global skate community together on a daily basis. I came in contact with David Marino through mutual friend Brett Box, which is how David become aware of the blog when we interviewed Brett. David, an up and coming Australian photographer, inquired about collaborating on something and an interview seemed like the best option. Through many delays and procrastination, it has finally happened. Raw and uncut from the Facebook chat it was done over, I present you David Marino.



      •                                                                               Luke Connor
        • k so here goes: how did you discover photography?
  • June 26



    • Just checked out acouple skate mags and thought it was rad so just jumped on the web and got some gear.
  • June 26

    • How long have you been doing it for now?
  • June 26



    • 3 years
  • June 26

    • Had you been skateboarding for a long time before then?
  • June 26

    • Yeah for about 2 to 3 years before considering taking photos.
    • ive got like a half an hour to spare atm dude, throw these questions at me! haha
  • June 26



    • haha word i just forgot
    • have you tried your hand at any other genres of photography?
  • June 26



    • Yeah dude loads. Landscape mostly, but ive had acouple gigs that involve weddings and just photos of shops and shopping centers for websites.
  • June 26



    • Have you found that you can be more creative with shooting skating or with that?
  • June 26



    • Depending on the environment im shooting in i guess, sometimes you can be pretty limited. But i find people respond to your own person touch when it comes to shooting for weddings or private conventions. I find im more creative with skate photography, mostly because there are no limits to what you can do. Lighting is always tricky but its worth getting that down before you start shooting skating or anything to do with action sports.
  • June 26



    • do you prefer a long lens or fisheye shot?
  • June 26



    • Preferably long lens. But it all depends on the area that i have to deal at the time and where i can set my flashes without them getting in the shot.
  • June 26



    • Very true, the spot can often decide for you haha. What you rolling with in your camera bag?
  • June 26



    • For sure. A Canon 550d, sigma 8m fisheye, canon 50m, canon 55-250 long lens, two canon flashes speedlight 430EX 2 and a simple Ishoot transmitter. All just simple gear but when it comes down to it, its not the gear its the photographer. Look forward to buying more stuff but.
    • Just grateful to have a camera really haha
  • June 26

    • yeah definitely, you can have the nicest gear in the world but if you don't have a good eye it's pointless. How is the skate scene where you live?
  • June 26



    • Exactly, The skate scene is great. Got alot of up coming dudes on the coast willing to throw something gnarly for me! There arnt to many photographers on the goldcoast at the moment which makes it easier for me to get a photo and T-UP skates. I also travel from the goldcoast to sydney alot so theres always something going on.
  • June 26



    • what do you mean by T-up skates? i might need to change the wording so people here understand hah
  • June 26



    • Haha no worries dude. Umm just means like get all the dudes together and go skate. Like a group of people
  • June 26



    • oh word. is there many australian skate mags?
  • June 26



    • Slam skate mag, not really sure of any else to be honest. Its pretty hard to get your photo in it. If your not shooting anyone known well enough then you wont get in. Its robbing the young tallent of australia if you ask me! But i just grew up reading thrasher and skate journel.
  • June 26



    • yeah that can be tough. The same things happen here. Only so many spots in the mag.. Have you been able to get any sort of work shooting skating? whether for a local company or whanot.
  • June 26



    • I have shot a number of photos for Scram skateboards which is based on the central coast, about an hours drive from the main city of sydney. Whenever im down on the coast i usually get to shoot some skate flicks for there websites. Not to many companies are looking for photographers on the goldcoast at the moment so i try and get down to sydney as much as i can.
  • June 29



    • anymore mang?
  • June 29



    • yeah shit
    • i forgot to reply
    • terrible memory
    • one sec, lemme think
  • June 29



    • haha all good bruva
  • June 29



    • are skate photographers able to make a decent living in australia?
  • David Marino
    • Not really, its all about the people you know. If you got the hookup then yeah perhaps. but without it you dont really have a chance, which goes to show how crazy it is to make a living in something you love.
  • June 30



    • yeah exactly, everyone wants it but only a few are able to live it. any plans or goals you have in regards to your photography for the future?
  • June 30



    • Just keep shooting skateboarding and see where it takes me! keen to just keep having fun skating with mates and take every day as it comes!
  • June 30



    • should be a good note to end on! shout outs?
  • June 30



    • To all the dudes that helped me put these shots together! Alex Cole, Daniel Sweeney, Mitch Allen, Dylan Donnelly, Mitch Morrison and all the other sluts, Im gratefulful for your hammers! haha



Alex Cole- fullcab [o] Marino

Daniel Sweeney- 3 shuv [o] Marino

 Dylan Donnelly- wallride [o] Marino

Mitch Morrison- back disaster [o] Marino

Mitch Allen- kickflip [o] Marino

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