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Trenton Arts Spotlight
CJ Harker was born and raised in the Greater Trenton Area. He has been skateboarding for more than 15 years, mainly around downtown Trenton and Philadelphia where he is currently attending The University of The Arts. Drawn to photography through skateboarding, he has been persuing both for roughly the same amount of time.
Q:Who is the skateboarder featured in the above portraits?
A: That's the homie, Chris Davis. Mister Legend.
Q: Who was your favorite photographer when you started, has that changed?
A: People like Oliver Barton, Grant Brittain and Ed Templeton have and continue to be influential but I am always looking for new inspiration.
Q: What is next for you as a publisher and photographer?
A: I'm not a publisher so I guess I plan on taking more photos and maybe publishing something.
Q: What do you think is next for skateboarding?
A: More and than less. I think it's still on an upswing but it's bound to nosedive again, always does. That's when the rats run the streets.
Q: Have you seen skateboarding changing in the public perception?
A: Absolutely. With the amount of corporate sponsorship cropping up in the last decade the general public definitely sees it in
a different light than when I started. It's currently seen on TV as a
legitimate "sport" but we still get the same grimy looks from people in the streets.
Q: What advice do you have for people interested in photography or skateboarding?
A: Same advice I have for anyone else. Pursue your passions. If you love what you do, you won't "work" a day in your life.
With no preferred format he takes photographs with anything he can get access to from disposables to antique large format film cameras and everything in between, analog or digital. An award winning photojournalist for MCCC's The Voice, he currently photographs for independent Philly-based magazine Skate Jawn. He can be reached for booking at CJHPhotography@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/CJHPhoto.