I know Piper from a long time back when I used to live in the small German border town of Konstanz, all the way down in the south of Germany, right on the border to Switzerland. When I first moved there from Miami, Florida back in 1985, I was shocked coming from a large city and landing in a town with barely 70,000 people. It all turned out to be good luck as Konstanz was one of THE skateboard places to be in Europe back then with two local halfpipes and a good local scene.
Enough memories though. Piper dove head first into photography a few years back and has had his shots featured in quite a few magazines already. He’s a bit short on the words in this interview but his pictures do the talking! He thought my questions were boring *hehe* – have to do something about that then now won’t I?
Make sure you check out his website which back up and running: Pipeshots.com
Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself (age, what you do in life, where you live)
My name is Piper , 38 years old , live in Konstanz. I repair bikes to make a living
How did you get into photography, especially skateboard photography?
I hurt my knee on a trip to Marseille and instead of getting wasted all day I grabbed a friends camera and took some photos.
What type of equipment do you use for your photos? (outside shots, night shots, indoor shots)
Right now I own a Nikon fm3a with some good lenses and a Bronica 4,5 x 6.
Do you have any special “tricks” which you like to use for certain types of pictures?
If you could get any new equipment for free, what would you love to have?
Some expensive shit to sell and take the money – I think I have the best stuff already.
What is your opinion on post-processing, especially enhancing pictures?
No rules , do what you want.
What are you currently working on and do you have any projects planned?
Yeah, thatâ€™s top secret.
Bernt Jahnel in Algorta, Spain