Art by Tom Swanson

Daniel Figueroa: Art For Discourse

I met Daniel Figueroa and family at the Megaswell of July 4, 5, 6 in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico.  My camera was back at the hostel and I wanted some shots of the action, so I walked up to a woman who was taking pictures and…   Somehow, I picked the right people to ask.  The woman’s husband, Daniel, is an action sports photographer. No wonder the camera was so nice.

Pics are best viewed in the photo viewer (imo).

Daniel: You’re not only an action sports photographer, you’re an action sports guy:  What sports do you do? And tell us about the downhill skating scene and why you travel as far as Oregon for it.

Daniel Figueroa: Surfing, skateboarding, and downhill skateboarding.  I’ve been competing in downhill skateboarding for 4 years, my favorite hill in the world is in the northwest…  Very near to Portland, Oregon.

Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 3.31.35 PMDaniel: What’s Mexico City, D.F. like for actions sports?  A city that large must provide fertile hunting grounds for you.  Are you focussed on any sports in particular?

Daniel Figueroa: Surreal city, I love it.  Although the only sport I’m focused on when in the city is skateboarding, it’s also one of the best alternative transports to move around. The spots it offers are great! …Hidden but great. There are tons of opportunities for action sports in the city and it’s suburbs.   Still I wish the ocean wasn’t so far.

Daniel:  Do you have contacts in your preferred sports who call you up when they’re going for a session or do you chase the shots down at certain locations?

Daniel Figueroa:  Yes (I have contacts)! My contacts are friends of mine. Some of the are into bmx, MTB, or climbing, but the sport I enjoy the most to shoot is skateboarding. It is dynamic, more fun, and I can bomb hills while shooting…  Always there are good pictures from those sessions

Daniel:  What drew you to fly out to Puerto Escondido for the Megaswell of July 5?  That was a show…

Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 11.43.52 AMDaniel Figueroa:  This year was my hiatus of racing downhill.  The race season always starts in summer, so this year I had no plans at all, and I wanted to go back to the beach to surf and shoot surfing. One day I watched the forecast and saw a massive swell coming from the south pacific, and it was going in perfect direction to Pto. Escondido. So I really didn’t have time to think, just pack and flew down to Pto. Escondido. Great show, awesome waves! It was gnarly.

Daniel: The shots from Zicatela in Puerto are totally different than the shots you’ve got of yourself in downhill gear – one set of shots is sleek and sexy with all the right lighting vs the Puerto stuff which is raw and natural.

Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 11.58.58 AMScreen Shot 2014-11-10 at 11.52.27 AMDaniel Figueroa:  Yes!  Pto. gives those kind of magical moments that most places don’t have.  Definitely one of the best spots in the world.

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he loves airplanes

Daniel:  Are there shots when you know you’ve nailed it even before you’ve looked at them?  And when you are looking at your work, what characteristics are you looking for?

Daniel Figueroa: Yeah although most of my work is based on experimentation, but in the end all of the photos will be useful for some future projects. The characteristics I look for are more for the argument and discourse, since I work with more than 2 cameras that give totally separate images.

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Daniel: You’ve got a big project in the works – is it secret or can you give us some ideas of what it is?  How about a sneak peak at some shots from it?

Daniel Figueroa:  Still working hard on it, maybe it is still in secret mode because still there is not much to tell about it.

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Daniel: Where can people see more of your work?

Daniel Figueroa:  my flicker    my tumblr   my vimeo


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