Meet Skate Photographer Mike Blabac
Mike Blabac (@blabacphoto) is known worldwide for his seriously solid photographic talent, exceptional eye and his quiet ability to remain humble and down-to-earth in almost any situation.
Read on to get to know the man behind some of the best skate photography we've seen on Ello.
What keeps you motivated to keep shooting day after day?
My biggest motivation is creating something that people want to look at many years from now. It's amazing to create the same type of photographs I once tore out of magazines, and hung on my wall and stared at as a kid growing up skating. I love that people want prints of photos that I shot almost 20 years ago.
Who do you draw inspiration from inside and outside of skateboarding?
Growing up I studied all types of photography. I love all of Richard Avedon's work. His fashion photographs are incredible, and his various series of work are amazing too. the American West series is one of my favorites ever. Anything Walter Iooss was a big inspiration to me also. His photos of Michael Jordan in the 80's were mesmerizing to me. Within skating, Grant Brittain is one of the main reasons I first picked up a camera. He is one of the best photographers ever in skateboarding.
If you could be remembered for one, or a series of images, what would you point to and why?
Fortunately that's a tough question because I've shot so much throughout the years. If I had to pick series of images, I'd have to say Danny Way's stuff from filming the DC Video. He completely changed what was possible on a skateboard - so I feel fortunate to have been there to document it. I'm fond of my early SF work too because it's so pure to me. Most of what I did back then was solely for fun, and brings back a lot of good memories. It's cool to see people still sharing a lot of it decades later.
What is your photo weapon of choice in the field?
Lately, my favorite camera has been a Leica M240 with a 50mm Summilux. Historically I've always used Nikon gear. My parents got me a Nikon F3 when I was 10, and I've been using their gear ever since. Two bodies I currently use are a D810, and a D4s.