Venice Skateboarding With Jason Cordova by Andres Tardio
Venice is known for many incredible things, but skateboarding is usually one of the first things that comes to mind when you hear about the city. History behind skateboarding is deep in Venice, of course, so when looking to photograph the city’s beauty, it’s hard to avoid skateboarding and its culture.
Jason Cordova, known as @jsun217 on Instagram, lived a block from the boardwalk for years. He’d been photographing Venice for a long time, sometimes taking on the skaters. One day, Cordova posted an image of Sean Johnson, a skateboarder that impressed him, on Instagram. Johnson tracked him down and off the strength of this post, a friendship grew. The two would continue working together on a series of images that highlight the awesome and inspiring skate culture by the beach, something Cordova has become passionate about capturing.
“I love the process of shooting skateboarding,” he says. “It’s definitely a huge challenge. The style, action, speed, movement; trying to be at the right spot at the right time, understanding each skater’s style, composing and capturing that single moment while also trying to tell the whole story.”
While some of these challenges may present themselves, they don’t outweigh the positives here.
“The Venice park is great,” Cordova explains. “The beach back drop, the sunsets, the crowds, the energy of that place can get really crazy and play a big role in the shoot.”