J. Grant Brittain

Film

J. Grant Brittain: 30 Years of Skate Photography

In this short film, J. Grant Brittain shares insights into his career of documenting a generation of skaters, from hanging out at Del Mar Skate Ranch in the 1980s, to the recreation of the famed photo of the Bones Brigade on the Chin Ramp (Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Mike McGill). This documentary also features legendary pro-skater Chris Miller — Brittain’s long-time subject, collaborator, and friend — and marks the first time the two have ever been interviewed together on film.  

“I tried to change skateboard photography from just being that, ‘capture the action,’ and giving it kind of a different look and looking at other elements in the scene…It was more showing the culture or the feeling of skateboarding, you know, the freedom we get out of skateboarding.” —Grant Brittain   

Clips

Risk of Injuries
2:20

Style Matters
1:56

Simple Tricks Make Great Pics
1:15

Span of a Chris Miller’s Career
1:44

Getting Nerdy with Flash
:58

Iconic Chin Ramp Photo
4:22

Photography and Documenting the Sport
1:44

Skate Photography as Art
1:32

Lessons

Using Flash in Daylight

Grant Brittain – Photographer

Conceiving the Image

Grant Brittain – Photographer

Overcoming Creative Blocks

Grant Brittain – Photographer

Backgrounds and Light

Grant Brittain – Photographer

Photoshop and Post-processing

Grant Brittain – Photographer

Previsualization

Grant Brittain – Photographer

Premiere

Skate legends, photographers, and long-time fans gathered at the historic La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas, CA for the sold-out premiere of The Artist Odyssey’s latest film, J. Grant Brittain: 30 Years of Skate Photography.

The line at the Box Office of La Paloma Theatre
The line at the Box Office of La Paloma Theatre

 

A fan asks Grant to sign two posters
A fan asks Grant to sign two posters

 

Grant signs a fan's skateboard
Grant signs a fan’s skateboard

 

Grant's work displayed to a packed theater prior to the show
Grant’s work displayed to a packed theater prior to the show

 

Chris Miller and J. Grant Brittain answering audience questions
Chris Miller and J. Grant Brittain answering audience questions

 

A shot of the audience during the Q&A
A shot of the audience during the Q&A

 

“Great night tonight attending the premiere of J. Grant Brittain documentary celebrating 30 years of skateboarding at the La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas. I’m so honored to be one of those skateboarders to become part of the history in the making along with Christian Hosoi, Chris Miller, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Niel Blender and many many more. Grant’s story is a unique one…his artistic view and his love for capturing skateboarding turned into a life-long profession, making many  good friends along the way.” — Steve Caballero

Steve Caballero, J. Grant Brittain, and Christian Hosoi
Steve Caballero, J. Grant Brittain, and Christian Hosoi

Posts

Behind the Scenes with artists Trinh Mai and J. Grant Brittain as they worked with one of the veterans in this collaborative project

 

Trinh Mai and J. Grant Brittain  joined creative forces for A Time to Heal, a “socially engaging project whose mission was to provide war veterans with a space for reflection through art” on exhibit at the Oceanside Museum of Art through October 8.

The subject matter was close to Trinh’s heart, as the majority of this artist’s work draws on personal memories, family roots, and spiritual connections.” As a Vietnamese American whose family suffered the tragedies of the Vietnam War, Trinh felt a personal connection to a project centered on healing. The first half of A Time to Heal comprised a week-long workshop Trinh facilitated, with Armed Forces veterans Rachel Davis, Michelle Vesely, John Wayne, and Christopher Weathers, during which they created mixed media “war wounds,” incorporating letters the participants wrote to themselves on hardship and healing.

READ THE REST AND SEE VIDEO OF THIS PROJECT ON OUR BLOG.

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