I’m probably making too much of a big deal out of it, but I still have the impression that since any moron equipped with a smart phone can take a photo and share it with thousands of people in one click, the deed has lost its splendor. The profession of photography is now accessible to more and more people, giving birth to a sort of fog of mediocrity which must be passed through in order to get to the real gems. My father is a photographer, so I am well placed to see the impact digital technology has had on the profession, though I must confess that this doesn’t necessarily make me objective. And then there are other cases, where even your cleverest trickster with Photoshop wouldn’t cut it. Skateboard photography for example. Photographing skateboarding is not an easy job. Non-stop traveling in smelly, sweaty vans, being surrounded by people who prefer to debate nollies and hardflips rather than world hunger-it gets tedious. David Manaud, from Bordeaux, is one of these poor guys. It was in Meribel, at DC Invasion where we met him, big smile and three-day old beard, we quickly hit it off over a pack of beer and the vibe just flowed. As far as his photography talent is concerned, we will let you judge for yourself.