“Considering that the terrain was rock, they were surprisingly easy to ride,” says skate photographer Jonathan Mehring of this photograph of skater Aaron “Jaws” Homoki performing a kickflip off a rock ledge in Moab, Utah. The biggest problem, as Mehring tells it, wasn’t the terrain but the huge storm that was fast approaching.
“We hiked into the wash where these smooth rocks were located. I was thinking fast, scrambling to get strobes in place and find my position and lens for a good composition,” Mehring recalls. “When the storm hit, the wind sent one of my lights flying off the top rock. We were sent running for cover seconds after I got the shot.”
Mehring, who has traveled to more than 30 countries photographing the world of skateboarding, recently released the photography book Skate the World, published by National Geographic. The book documents skateboarding throughout the world and how it transcends the lines of class, race, society, and culture.
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