Gregory Dickson

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How did you get into photography? I got into photography firstly through my mom. She had an old Nikon film camera that I played with as a kid. After that, a girl I dated for quite a while was really into photography. Since I’ve always been into BMX and punk, she was always around shooting at the park/trails and at shows. It stoked the interest again and I started shooting. That was still in the days of film. Fast forward a few years, I got hurt pretty seriously from riding and it was all supposed to be over for me as far as riding went. I figured shooting photos was a good way to keep myself in BMX. Tony Cardona was living with me at my mom and dad’s house, so I had a pretty rad subject to shoot on a regular basis. 

When did you get introduced into BMX? I got into BMX on April 17th 1986, my 5th birthday. My mom and dad gave me my first bike that day (a Redline Proline II, which I still have) and it stuck ever since. The stoke of hauling ass and having fun is the best.
What is one of your favorite memories shooting BMX? There has been a lot of memories that rank pretty high to me, but to use a saying from my friend Jeremy Ball “BMX is like women’s underwear, less is more”… While that saying is usually related with too many tailwhips or barspins, I can also use it for just being in the woods, at the park, or on the streets with friends and making something out of nothing.
What is the gear that you use to shoot? Strictly Canon cameras and lenses (aside from my Sigma fisheye). As far as lighting goes, I’ve been using Godox AD360 flashes and Pocket Wizard triggers. I guess I could list off all the shit in my bags, it’s quite a mess. Hahahaha. 
Canon 5D MK II
Canon 7D
Canon 70-200mm 2.8f
Canon 24-105mm 4.0f
Canon 50mm 1.4f
Sigma 15mm 2.8f fisheye
3 x Godox AD360 strobes w/ battery packs
2 x Pocket Wizard Mini TT1’s
5 x Pocket Wizard Flex TT5’s
Random shoelaces, lens cloths, card reader, and a spare toothbrush. 

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What are some of your latest projects you have or are working on? Nothing at the moment, really. A couple weeks ago I went to the Old Fools jam at Ray’s in Cleveland and while I was there I shot some things with some riders that Profile helps out. I also submitted a photo of Lil Jon to Challenger Mag for a Milwaukee 4 Seasons bowl article. If you haven’t checked out Challenger, you’re blowing it. 

What are some of the companies with in BMX that you have worked with? Pretty much companies that my friends ride / work for or own. Mainly Profile / Madeira and Mutiny, but in the past I’ve shot for Mankind, FBM, and WeThePeople
What inspires you to create content with in BMX? It’s always fun to document friends doing rad shit. I’ve got some photos that were for a project for the now defunct Case Magazine of Willow Street trails in IL, and to see all the Weird little details Quaggy puts in / builds at the trails is pretty amazing. Things like that get me stoked and it’s always fun to be able to capture those things in ways that some people might not see. 
What do you like about racing? I took a 19 year hiatus from racing, but since I’ve been back, it’s been a lot of fun. It’s a blast to just haul ass, hit jumps smooth, and basically re-live the past. 

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What is one of your most memorable moments in racing Easy! Getting disqualified while leading a moto for cranking a lookdown (turndown for the younger crowd), getting T-boned by the kid behind me, and still riding out of it laughing hysterically. One of my best friends and I were the asshole kids who would be throwing tricks while racing at full speed. 

What is your favorite place your camera has taken you with in BMX? Any memories you can think of? That’s hard to answer because it can be hard to differentiate between being a photographer and being a rider. If the session is hitting, it’s hard to be motivated to shoot instead of ripping on the shred sled. I guess if I had to pick anywhere, it would be Oregon / the Northwest. Between the trails and wild concrete parks there, it’s endless fun and there’s no shortage of things to photograph. Austin is fun too, but only for a week tops. I’d like to go shoot photos / ride east coast trails. P.A. and Long Island have damn good scenes that I’d like to check out. 
Are there any extra words you would like to say? Big thanks to Matt Coplon / Profile, Gaz Sanders / Mutiny, Tony Malouf / Fit-S&M, Mom and Dad, my girlfriend Eli, Josh Hayes, anyone who’s taken the time to let me shoot photos of them, and anyone who can handle my salt and not get bent over it. 
P.S. Even though it’s “freestyle”, there are rules! Don’t pedal in the bowl, tuck your knee when doing tables, learn the basics FIRST, and don’t call shit out if you can’t do the basic part of it smooth. #thesaltwillrise
Are there any projects you have worked on that you would like me to have a link in the article? Theres some photos on my Flickr (www.flickr.com/gregorydickson

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Credits: Glen Saylers – Barspin, Jeremy Ball – 360 Lookback, Paul Rad – Turndown, Alex Duleba – wall ride

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