CLUB MUMBLE MEMBER INTERVIEW #2:
Welcome to the second of many Club Mumble Member Interviews to come. As mentioned in interview 1, I’m keeping the intros short and letting the interviews speak for themselves so, without further ado, I present Mr. Bryce Kanights…
What’s your job title and what does your job consist of on a day to day?
I’m a freelance photographer and I also work as a marketing consultant. On any given day I’m either outside or indoors in the studio working behind a lens or keyboard on a project or two. At the moment I have several irons in the fire with projects on my plate.
What advice would you give to somebody who wants to do what you do for a living?
My advice would be to get out there and absorb as much as possible from others and books. Observe and study lighting and shot for the love of it and not for financial reward. Be prepared to work long hours and weekends. Save at least a couple hours of your day for “your own” skateboarding and sanity.
Tell us about your photo show at the Department.
The Renegades and Role Models show highlights assorted characters that I’ve photographed in skateboarding over the years. For the past three months I’ve selected images from my archive that reveal the unique people, skate sessions and situations that have contributed to its culture and art form for the past quarter century. It’s kind of wild to realize that I’ve been rolling behind this camera rig as a skater for more than half of my life.
How long have you been shooting skating for?
I shot my first roll of film with skateboarding in the summer of 1979. Ever since I was a young skater I’d always been captivated and inspired by the images of Craig Stecyk, James Cassimus and Ted Terrebonne that appeared in the pages of Skateboarder magazine. Those skateboarding images became the foundation and the spark for me to go out and photograph my friends during our skate sessions as kids. Wherever we skated, my camera was usually along for the ride.
How far back in the archives did you dig?
For this upcoming show, I pulled several images that roll back to the early 80s with some of the first streetstyle contests and personalities on the scene.
Can people who can’t make it to the show buy prints online?
Yes, I’ve sold many of my prints through my website over the years without a store front. That’s an area on my website that I’m looking to put into place this year. I’m planning to release a self-published book of my images as well. Look for it later this spring.
Who’s the biggest asshole you’ve ever had to deal with in the skateboard industry?
Well, I’d rather not name names, but the kook that I used to report to at adidas tops the list hands down. He once told me that editorial and advertising within the brand was not to collaborate whatsoever. I’ll leave it at that.
Who’s the nicest person you’ve ever had the pleasure of dealing with in the skateboard industry?
There’s just so many exceptional people in skateboarding that it would be hard to name just one of them. How about a top ten? Ray Barbee, Steve Caballero, Steve Van Doren, Karl Watson, Corey Duffel, Don Brown, Ben Krahn, Judi Oyama, Wally Inouye and Paul Schmitt.
Is there a secret code people can plug in to play your character in Tony Hawk Proving Ground 9?
I’m sure there’s some sort of a code, but I’m not much of a video game nerd so I really couldn’t tell you. If somebody out there knows, hook me up!
What’s the best thing that’s happened to you in the past year?
Along with other Americans I’ve embraced a renewed hope for the United States of America. Thankfully, the past eight years have finally come to an end…the end of an error.
What bores you?
People that complain too much or wait for life to come to them tend to bore me. Staying in one place or scene for too long gets to me. There’s so much out there to experience, see, and do. There’s really no excuse to sit around and wait for opportunities to come to you.
An authentic burrito in San Francisco’s Mission District, caprese salads, fresh fish, fruit and vegetables.
Top 5 favorite books?
Annie Leibovitz at Work by Annie Leibovitz
Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
West of Rome by John Fante
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
Built to Grind – 25 Years of Hardcore Skateboarding
How often do you get to go skateboarding these days?
Time permitting, I usually skate one or twice a week. I keep my wheels on the transitions and bowls these days. All those afternoons of jump ramp blasts and wallrides-to-flat as a twenty something have hammered my knees.
What’s your favorite skateboard brand of all time? It doesn’t have to be one that’s still in business.
Well, I’ve always felt that Real has the best name in skateboarding. And their boards, team and beliefs in skateboarding have held very close to mine over the years…so I’m gonna keep it Real.