Andrew Reynolds – Wild in the street –frontside flip – 2009
A lot of people used to ask me what my favourite photo was, and before this one I never knew which one to pick, I didn’t have a favourite one.
I think it took me around 15 years to capture a moment like this, it was like a successful conclusion. I remember that day waking up still half drunk from the night before, it was like one of my worst hangovers ever. For Emerica’s event, Wild in the Street, we had to go all across town on our skateboards. But I was so fucked up that I had to take a break, so Tony Ferguson and me, we headed off to Macdonalds. When we got back to the spot, there was no one there, we’d lost everybody. I was like « Fuck, I’m gonna miss out on some good pics, where’ve they all gone? » And then we managed to find them, and I took this picture, the best one I ever took in my whole career.
I love it because you can really feel this energy, the energy coming from all the kids who’d come to watch Andrew and the other skaters
. Andrew Reynolds was in his own world, as usual, no concessions, and he did this frontside flip. It was as if he was all alone with no one watching. It really represents Andrew well. Most skaters were shaped by their public, him, he does his own thing, he places his trick, however hard or incredible it may be, naturally, almost routine. That’s what makes Andrew one the most stylish skaters, and is why this photo is my favourite.