© 2011 Brian Adams
This weekend, Brian had the pleasure of photographing Preston Pollard, who is now living in LA and pursing a career in acting while also sponsored as a skateboarder by Airspeed Footwear. Preston has been skateboarding for 14 years and has been featured in various publications, commercials, and music videos for his talents. And he's true-blue through and through; at the age of 19, he started speaking at schools in Anchorage about how to avoid the negative influences that drag most adolescents down and how to follow one's dreams and ambitions, and he did so while incorporating skateboarding demonstrations into his speeches. And, even with his busy schedule, he's coached at the world-famous Windelles Camp and toured the country with Boarders for Christ. At the young age of 22, Preston knows who he is and what he stands for.
This weekend was Preston's second time in NYC since he was 18. He is currently working in Connecticut as an assistant to one of the lead actors in a new film by Steven Spielberg, Super 8, so we were able to set up shoots for the past two weekends. This weekend, we met at Grand Central station, then headed to the World's Fair in Queens for a few skateboarding photos and then to Central Park for some headshots and some delicious New York Pizza.
It was wonderful hanging out with a familiar face from back home these past two Saturdays and seeing him doing so well. If you would like to see more images from our day, go here. Preston leaves for LA this week, but we're hoping he'll be back soon!