Josh Hotz - Second-year portfolio program student
After my first year of shooting my childhood friends skateboarding around the city, I got the opportunity to meet some sponsored skaters in Ottawa. I have been shooting these athletes across Canada and the U.S since 2008.
I have an odd obsession where I only look at still images of skateboarding. I could watch an hour long slideshow of skate photos, but not get through a full skate video. It’s something about that split-second in time where everything is frozen, when you get to take it all in without anything moving. The skater’s style, seeing how he balanced that grind, or caught that flip, the overall location where the trick went down, is what makes a still photo so much more enticing for me. It’s the level of precision and style that you can see in a photograph, and that perfect moment when everything lines up and you get “the” image. It is this moment, frozen in time, that I love about shooting skateboarding.
I have been building an extensive portfolio of these images and have had my work published in Canadian and International magazines;
Skateboard Canada Magazine, Concrete Skateboarding, Color Magazine, Expose Magazine, Crux Magazine, Skateboard Photo UK Online, and Push/Pull Magazine.
My work has been exhibited at The Standard (Our Streets On Canvas), Zen Kitchen Restaurant, SPAO Open House, SPAO Exhibition 6, Antique Skateshop, La Petite Mort, and Top of the World Skateshop.
Clients include; Forzani Group, Dundee Wealth Inc., S3 Boardshop, Vivo Headwear, Exo Boardshop, Top Of the World Skateshop, ACTIV3 Entertainment, Lobby Nightclub, Pure Lounge, MoodSwing Ent. and The Natural Food Pantry.
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