Scott Pommier is 33 and loves him some hummus.
MOSSLESS: What was the first skate photo you got really absorbed by?
SCOTT POMMIER: I started skating in the late eighties, the photos that filled transworld at the time just seemed so magical. this bright, sunny, saturated world just seemed like the stuff that dreams were made of. My brother had the Chris Miller Upland photo up on his wall, the pole cam shot, that one definitely perplexed me. It’s kind of a predictable answer, but that was the thing that made that photo so great, everyone who saw it was struck by it.
ML: When did you first go on a motorbike tour through the country? How was it?
SP: Well the first real bike trip I went on was probably in 2004, I didn’t really know most of the people that I was riding with, it was sort of how skating was when you were a kid, you were friends with someone because they skated, you’d see someone skating by your house and you’d catch up with them, and in ten minutes you were showing them the curb you waxed up around the corner. I got invited on a trip, cause one of the guys who was going knew some of the same people I did, I’d maybe met them a few times. “Show up here at ten, and you can some along.” Something like that. It was a total shit show, but it was amazing. I somehow missed everyone when they were leaving, so I tried to catch up with the group. I knew about where they were going, a big loop around this lake. It was a two day ride, but i took off, in the wrong direction, counter clockwise around the lake instead of clockwise. I happened to see one of them gathering wood, at dusk on the first night, just spotted them on the side of the road, they’d already set up camp, so it was pretty lucky. I’d resigned myself to just riding home by myself. I had camping stuff with me, so I could have done worse. It was really fun though, I had a little side adventure on my own, complete with bike problems, a bear sighting, a crash, a run in with the cops and a million other little sketchy details.
ML: Has your approach shooting skateboarding changed in the last five years?
SP: I don’t know, at times it seems a little formulaic, collectively photographers and magazines have decided on the right and wrong way to do a lot of things. People who have their own ideas about other approaches sometimes have a hard time gaining access and finding a venue for their work, magazines are having a tough time, and I think their reaction is to play things cautiously. It’s understandable, but also unfortunate.
ML: Hypothetical situation: someone wants to fakie ollie El Toro. How do you light it?
SP: I may not light it at all.