RB: Davy (DVL who met them to shoot this article) also helped out a lot. Once he was on board with the concept he helped loads with the spots. Although he was definitely pretty sceptical about this whole thing when we first explained it to him… I bet he was. Trying to shoot this stuff isn’t exactly the easiest task. Especially when you’re used to shooting with dudes like Daan Van Der Linden who skate massive shit.
HM: Yeah but because of the fact that it was so different from what he usually does, once he was on board he seemed to really enjoy it. I’m glad we did it with Davy. RB: He was definitely very confused at times though ha ha. At one point he even came out with ‘I feel like Alex Pires shooting the Blobys’ whatever that means ha ha. HM: I also really like how linked the article is to the video, with Romain and his VX actually being in the photos. Getting the shot didn’t just rely on the skater landing the trick, or the photographer capturing the right moment (and angle, light, etc.), it also involved the filmer being in the right position to show that he himself was part of the trick. It was interesting having that third variable. It certainly seemed more choreographed than your average skate session.
RB: Absolutely. It felt like I was choreographing the act of filming skateboarding. I wouldn’t usually do epic slides down slopes to film Hugo doing a line. The good thing is that Hugo’s skating tends to feel spontaneous regardless of what he does. If it were someone that moved even just a little bit slower it would have looked way too staged.
RB: It’s because usually his skating isn’t thought out like that at all. He kind of just improvises. What’s the deal with the paintings you go
Free Skateboard Magazine issue 14, Sept/Oct 2017.