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Proof Sheet: Jake Wickersham

I remember Jake coming into the shop as a young buck. He was pretty quiet and hard to get a read on at first but the one thing that was apparent was his love for skateboarding. I would see him pretty regularly at the skatepark and noticed how quickly he progressed and developed a unique and seasoned style. It always tripped me out whenever his age came up he was the youngest of his crew but seemed wise beyond his years so I d always forget. All that time he must have been so quiet because he was taking in every detail around him. This trait shows through in his photography he s got a great eye for what s going to look good and is very creative in his approach. There s nothing better than when he gets so stoked on something that he can t contain his calm and cool demeanor and cracks a big smile, usually followed by a quick short burst of maniacal laughter as if he d been waiting days to let it out. Dan Askew, co-owner of Escapist

How long have you been shooting skating and what got you into it?
I picked up my first camera about six years ago. When I was a freshman in high school I snapped my shoulder and basically couldn t skate for like four months. Seeing how much of a skate rat I was I had to do something to where I was at least still being exposed to skateboarding. Having said that I was always super stoked and intrigued with photography. I had mentioned to my dad that I wanted a camera and it just so happened that his best friend growing up was a photographer and hooked me up with a camera for super cheap. Been hooked ever since.

Is there one photograph or photographer that inspired you to take up photography?
A big inspiration to me would definitely be Aaron Smith. He grew up in Kansas City as well so I was constantly seeing his photos in magazines of all the dudes that I looked up to here. I seriously spent hours on hours just studying his photos on flickr. The way he lit and composed his photos was just so insane to me. Other photographers that are really inspirational to me would definitely be Matt Price, Dave Chami and Mike O Meally. I always felt like Matt took on a more creative and unique approach in his photography. He can literally shoot the most simple trick and make it look so rad. Dave is really sick to me due to the fact that he can always create a strong composition with his surroundings. Not to mention he lights his photos extremely well. I think Mike O Meally s work kind of speaks for itself. I feel like a lot of people including myself sometimes kind of overthink things when trying to shoot a photo and it causes you to stress out and maybe not even shoot a photo that you are stoked on. O Meally documents what is going on in a skate photo more than anything while keeping it simple and raw. That s really refreshing to me.

What s the best and worst advice you ve been given on photography?
The best advice I ve ever gotten is to have fun. To me shooting skating is just as fun and exhilarating as skateboarding is. If it makes you happy then that s all that matters. Too many people hate their lives because they didn t pursue what they truly enjoyed to do. Life s too short for that. If shooting skateboarding makes you happy, then shoot skateboarding. The worst advice I think would be the complete opposite of that. What s the point of wasting your life doing something that you don t want to do?

Do you have a favorite photo of your own?

Proof Sheet: Jake Wickersham

Grant Puckett, kickflip. Kansas City, Missouri. *click to enlarge

My personal favorite photo I have ever shot would definitely be this photo of my friend Grant kickfliping into this rock bank. I remember getting to the spot and and shooting the trick from a handful of different angles trying to see which angle would look best. I ended up just going and sitting next to my friend who was filming it straight on and realized it looked pretty sick from right there. Once it began to get dark my flashes began to kind of reflect the green graphic from his board onto the rocks. It was one of those instances that you knew early on that you were going to walk away with something rad.

What s the most interesting story behind one of your photos?

Proof Sheet: Jake Wickersham

Blaine Harper, kickflip. Kansas City, Missouri. *click to enlarge

I guess there s something about me shooting kickflips that always has a backstory to it [laughs]. This particular spot is a pretty popular one in Kansas City. You can t really see up top but you would usually skate this spot as a ledge with the scary drop off on the other side. I remember hearing about and seeing the footage of someone ollieing the other side a long time ago and thought that it was insane (this is the spot that Rowan wallied to flat in Propeller). So when I got the news that my friend Blaine had kickfliped it while I was out of town on a skate trip, I was kinda bummed I wasn t there to shoot it. Luckily for me Blaine is one of those few dudes that is always down to skate anything a second time. When we went back it was the middle of the day and instantly started getting hassled by security. We ended up only getting three tires and on the last one he was being chased by a security guard and landed it right in his face. It ruled. Even funnier we were skating around the same spot about a week later and he thought it would be funny to kickflip it once more for shits and gigs. He landed it again third try.

What s unique about shooting in your hometown?
Growing up skating and shooting in Kansas City has been something I have grown to appreciate. You re given insanely hot summers and ridiculously cold winters, so a lot of the concrete here is pretty rough and haggard. I think the Midwest in itself kind of has its own feel. The spots are really unique, the architecture is really old and there is just a gritty feeling to it. That has made shooting here that much more rewarding. Kansas City is cool because it s small enough to where you can get to a lot of the spots in a matter of ten minutes or so but it s spaced out enough to where it doesn t feel like everything is too crammed together at the same time.

What advice would you give to up and coming skate photogs?
I feel like I m constantly still looking for advice myself but I would say don t be afraid to email photographers you look up to. You will always get some sort of feedback.

Do you prefer digital or film?
I shoot skateboarding all digitally, mainly because that s how I started out shooting. I am an advocate of both though. I think there is a universal feeling of excitement that will never change when shooting film.

What s in your camera bag?
10.5mm lens
24mm lens
50mm lens
Nikon SB-25
Quantum Q-flash
Neewer AD-360
Some battery packs
Pocket Wizards
Little 35mm point and shoot

Your photography website:
Follow Jake on Instagram: @wickerslam[1][2]

Proof Sheet: Jake Wickersham

Jake Wickersham, self portrait.

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OKC police searching for shoplifters who pepper-sprayed security guards

Oklahoma City police are searching for two men who shoplifted at the Belle Isle Walmart. Police said when the men were confronted by security guards, they pepper-sprayed the guards and then assaulted them.

PHOTO: Police searching for Walmart shoplifters[1]

Police said the men were chased through the parking lot before driving away in a white four-door car. Anyone with information about the identity of the men is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 405-235-7300.



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Better late than never – much better!

By Krystal Smalley

Every year the Bucyrus Area Chamber of Commerce puts on its Bags of Bounty program and, though they were a little late this year, Ohio Polytech went all in. A bag for the Bags of Bounty program was dropped off at plant manager Michael Ginn s office to kick off the event. Employees from Ohio Polytech, which has a workforce of 64 people, gathered perishable goods but just missed the deadline to drop off the items to the Bucyrus Area Chamber of Commerce. Ginn contacted Chamber Director Deb Pinion to ask what they could do with the donations. She suggested taking them right to the local Salvation Army.

To Lt. Annie Buckles surprise and delight, a pick-up truck full of donations arrived at the Bucyrus Salvation Army Thursday morning. Just two hours later, Pinion said, Ohio Polytech security guard Danny Burns called the Chamber to inquire about making another donation. Though the item was physically much smaller than a pick-up truck full of goods, the amount was just as significant.

He said that they called their office in New York and they wanted to donate $1,000 to the Salvation Army, Pinion said. Ginn, Burns, and production manager Brittany Horner presented a $1,000 check to Buckles at the Chamber of Commerce s office that same morning.

Better Late Than Never – Much Better! It s amazing, said Buckles. The generosity in this county, especially in Bucyrus, blows me away. Just to have a local company step up always just humbles me, actually. I said to my boss, I get to be in this position; I m just here, I get to be the figurehead but it s so neat to see when things like this, where the money goes it goes right back to the people in need in the community, whether it s food, clothing assistance, shoes.

To be able to give this right back to the community is amazing for us as well, she concluded.

It s instilled in me always has been to be a giver instead of a receiver, said Ginn. I get more joy out of giving and seeing the joy it brings others.

Ginn added that the owners of Ohio Polytech were family-oriented and giving people.

They re firm believers in second chances and helping people get back on their feet, Ginn said.

We re so happy that the New York people came in and gave us the opportunity to continue on like this, added Burns. For us at the plant, we just love to be able to share the wealth a little bit, to let the people know we re in there. We couldn t be any more happy to be able to give back just a little bit because Bucyrus has seen such a decline over the years. We want them to know there are good things also taking place in Bucyrus. We have long-term goals to continue to invest in the community and move forward.

Story 2015 Crawford County Now – Images 2015 Crawford County Now


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