Featured Photographer Felipe Lara
How long have you been shooting in New York?
I’ve been shooting in New York for about 10 years and more.
What made you come to New York and begin shooting?
I’ve lived in the east coast for 15 years and New York is a place where you can find many opportunities. I took courses for photography at NYU and from there I’ve been privileged with photo shoots and a life of photography of much joy.
Who are some of your favorite people to work with?
Well I have a few like Steve Olson, Mark Gonzalez, Kevin Long, and so many more. It’s hard because everything is in peoples’ soul. You have to capture everything at a certain time.
What events in NYC have you had the most fun shooting?
I definitely miss the Brooklyn banks events, for all its energy! I generally like every event I get a chance to participate, as long as they are fun and with rad people.
What are the stories behind the shots you had featured in Full Bleed?
I have three shots in full bleed. Two of those are medium formats, and the other is a digital. The digital shot is on the roof top in the LES of a back side smith that Jamal Williams did and Harry Jumonji put his face in the shot. It’s definitely a cool and funny shot. The second shot is another medium format, this one black and white at 12th and A. It’s of Nick Sassa doing a back side smith. I shot it from the roof of my friend’s building. The final shot is another medium format black in white at the Harold Hunter Day of our favorite, Rodney Torres.
What have you seen in New York skating that you have not found anywhere else in the world?
Simply, the energy and the realism. People in New York are real. Skaters never make plans, they flow living every day as simple as possible.
Any shout outs?
I would like to say thanks to all the people who made Full Bleed Possible! All the best.
Check out more of Felipe’s awesome photos of New York, here.