Behind the camera Ben Gore
By Charles Paratte / Portrait by Isaac Randozzi / Kickflip shot by Frankie Galland / Thanks to Evan Kinori and John Lindsay
You know Ben’s abilities on a skateboard, or at least what the media can barely attest. He also has some tallent in photography. At the bottom of this page, you can see a few pictures, shot by Ben during a trip in France in 2011, visiting his friends. Meanwhile, Evan Kinori give us the opportunity to learn a little more about Ben :
To get to know someone is to understand their vision: their desires, dreams, and motives, etc. This sort of information is often uncovered over long periods of time and usually requires a certain bonding over a shared activity. Some people work together, some play music together, some watch sports together. This is important to think about because skateboarding has built some of the absolute strongest bonds of friendship in my life that don’t require language and can withstand just about anything as you can always go out and push around and feed off each other’s energy. That being said, I would like to give you all an insight into the inner workings of the mind of Ben.
Ben and I met around 5 years ago and spent some of our formative years skating the streets of San Francisco and also living together for a while. The very first thing I noticed about Ben was his presence on a skateboard. The man clearly has some serious discipline to achieve the level of consistency and power that he operates on, on a daily basis. I have probably played a million games of skate with him and never seen him miss a backside flip.
However, while this discipline is amazing to witness, and is something anyone can appreciate, it is in his vision that we find the meaning behind the man and his work. Both in photography and in skateboarding, Ben has a keen aesthetic eye and knows exactly what he wants, how he wants it, and how it is to be captured. This sort of attention to detail is something i admire in a person, as it gives meaning to whatever it is they do; because it implies depth, not just randomness. Now not everything is so serious, the man likes to have fun, skate in cities with his friends and always bring his camera to capture the fleeting moments he catches along the way. I’m proud to call him my good friend, even if he thinks Florida is east coast.
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