BEHIND THE PHOTO: DEAN DICKINSON

Dean Dickinson was the subject in the last Behind The Photo feature here, so it only makes sense that he’s the shooter behind this one. Click below for the deets on this Corey Walsh pic.

Corey Walsh 

DIY Spot, Somewhere 

Air 

5/30/19

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

11-16mm Tokina Wide Angle 

f/4

ISO 1,000

Shutter 1/800th 

Lights, camera, action! 

Hello and welcome back to Defgrip’s Behind The Photo. I’m your host Dean Andrew Dickinson aka chili cheese triple emoji dog. 

A few weeks back Corey Walsh and Josh Zylstra drove down to Portland from Vancouver BC. The ultimate goal was to shred a new permission pool and film for a Super 8mm project that I’m currently working on. Before we loaded out for the pool we decided to warm up at a local DIY spot. 

I had never been to this spot so it took some time to navigate. After hiking through the woods and dodging poison ivy we eventually made it. The project was only half complete because the city found out and threatened to tear it down. For what it is, the locals did an incredible job setting up the forms and mixing the concrete. I couldn’t image carrying all that gear all the way up there. Blood sweat, and tears went into this spot. Thanks dudes, next chili dog is on me!

Right from the get-go Corey started to shred. I wasn’t really in the mood to ride so I picked up my camera and started to shoot some photos. Deck space was limited so I had to move around a bit. After some investigating I found a safe spot to post up right next to the far wall. 

Corey’s style is unlike any rider I’ve ever witnessed. Fast and loose with endless style that comes and goes like the wind. He rides like a bucking bronco that’ll give you three punches to the face if you’re not ready for the action. When shooting photos, finding a single frame for Corey’s natural talent can be difficult. I personally believe video captures his riding best but a single photo when done right can be pretty magical. 

Originally, Corey was setting up to tire slide the top of the over hang next to the bowl. His riding is spontaneous and he really doesn’t care about getting a photo or a clip, which I respect. I tried to setup as fast as I could because I understand waiting for a photographer can ruin a moment. 

Corey stomped a few tire slides and we got the shot. After reviewing the images the tire slide looked rad but this photo really stood out to me. His tire isn’t hitting the top of the wall in this shot but I feel like we captured some of that magic. The vibrant colors, graffiti, trash, and of course Corey’s classic steeze all made this photo something special. 

It’s not always about the final product or the end goal. The process can much more meaningful then the end result. This philosophy translates to every aspect of life. Digging trails, shooting photos, riding pools, or even building a half finished bowl.

– Dean Dickinson 

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