Manual Magazine

Jake Darwen Showcase Interview

Posted by manualmagazine on Monday January 30 2017

Jake Darwen, Photography, Madars Apse, Photography Exhibition, Skateboarding Photography, Manual Magazine, Brandon Westgate, Alex Lawton, Nikon, Skateboarding, DC, adidas Skateboarding, Kayle Lawson, Chase Collins, Christian Low, New Zealand SKateboarding, NZ SKateboarding, Manual Mag, Manual Magazine, New Zealand Skate, Leigh Bolton, Mark Barber, Exhibition, All Press Studio, Skateboarding,
Following up on Jake Darwen’s first solo show in Auckland last week we caught up with him to see how it all came about.

Firstly congrats on your first show, it’s no easy feat. Why now and what made you want to exhibit back in New Zealand?
Thank you! I’m super stoked on how it all worked out in the end. I’d always wanted to have a show but haven’t really tried to actually do it. It’s constantly in the back of your mind being a photographer to be able to showcase your work. The reason why it made sense being in New Zealand is because I have all of my covers that I’ve shot over the years back here that I’ve framed since 2012 and all of my wall boards. That stuff would be a nightmare to send across the ditch if I had a show in Australia so it worked out awesome because I was able to share more than just the prints. I’ve never seen my covers all together before. Every year when I fly home my mum and I go halves on paying for framing and then we just put them into storage – so it was a cool experience being able to not just share it with myself but with all of my friends and family for the first time.

Jake Darwen, Photography, Madars Apse, Photography Exhibition, Skateboarding Photography, Manual Magazine, Brandon Westgate, Alex Lawton, Nikon, Skateboarding, DC, adidas Skateboarding, Kayle Lawson, Chase Collins, Christian Low, New Zealand SKateboarding, NZ SKateboarding, Manual Mag, Manual Magazine, New Zealand Skate, Leigh Bolton, Mark Barber, Exhibition, All Press Studio, Skateboarding,

In terms of curating how did you go about selecting an edit of images to make prints of?
You have to choose your images based on which country you are in for sure in my opinion. When I was selecting the images I tried to keep it mainly between Australians and Kiwis but also I wanted to add some of my favourite photos I’ve shot recently of other people across the globe, so it was fun being able to pick and choose.

Jake Darwen, Photography, Madars Apse, Photography Exhibition, Skateboarding Photography, Manual Magazine, Brandon Westgate, Alex Lawton, Nikon, Skateboarding, DC, adidas Skateboarding, Kayle Lawson, Chase Collins, Christian Low, New Zealand SKateboarding, NZ SKateboarding, Manual Mag, Manual Magazine, New Zealand Skate, Leigh Bolton, Mark Barber, Exhibition, All Press Studio, Skateboarding,

Just to clarify how many covers were hanging up at the show?
I had 22 covers hanging at the show.

Jake Darwen, Photography, Madars Apse, Photography Exhibition, Skateboarding Photography, Manual Magazine, Brandon Westgate, Alex Lawton, Nikon, Skateboarding, DC, adidas Skateboarding, Kayle Lawson, Chase Collins, Christian Low, New Zealand SKateboarding, NZ SKateboarding, Manual Mag, Manual Magazine, New Zealand Skate, Leigh Bolton, Mark Barber, Exhibition, All Press Studio, Skateboarding,

Do you have a personal favourite image from the show?
My personal favourite would be the Madars Apse Ollie or the Alex Lawton Fakie Fs Noseslide.

Jake Darwen, Photography, Madars Apse, Photography Exhibition, Skateboarding Photography, Manual Magazine, Brandon Westgate, Alex Lawton, Nikon, Skateboarding, DC, adidas Skateboarding, Kayle Lawson, Chase Collins, Christian Low, New Zealand SKateboarding, NZ SKateboarding, Manual Mag, Manual Magazine, New Zealand Skate, Leigh Bolton, Mark Barber, Exhibition, All Press Studio, Skateboarding,

What’s the feeling like seeing all those years of work culminate in a show?
The quote “time flies when you’re having fun” is the actually the truth. It’s really refreshing being able too stand back and see all of the work over the years on a blank white wall. It’s also amazing seeing them physically in front of you rather than just scrolling through them on your iPhone or on your laptop.

Jake Darwen, Photography, Madars Apse, Photography Exhibition, Skateboarding Photography, Manual Magazine, Brandon Westgate, Alex Lawton, Nikon, Skateboarding, DC, adidas Skateboarding, Kayle Lawson, Chase Collins, Christian Low, New Zealand SKateboarding, NZ SKateboarding, Manual Mag, Manual Magazine, New Zealand Skate, Leigh Bolton, Mark Barber, Exhibition, All Press Studio, Skateboarding,

Would you want to make it a travelling show? Where else would you want to have it shown?
I would love too share my work around the globe for sure, it wouldn’t be the same kind of show without the covers and boards there, but focusing on framing some prints and having them for sale would be epic to do in Australia or even anywhere in the world. That’s the greatest thing about skating, it’s universal so you could do it anywhere.

Jake Darwen, Photography, Madars Apse, Photography Exhibition, Skateboarding Photography, Manual Magazine, Brandon Westgate, Alex Lawton, Nikon, Skateboarding, DC, adidas Skateboarding, Kayle Lawson, Chase Collins, Christian Low, New Zealand SKateboarding, NZ SKateboarding, Manual Mag, Manual Magazine, New Zealand Skate, Leigh Bolton, Mark Barber, Exhibition, All Press Studio, Skateboarding,

Any thanks?

Oh man I have too many. First of all thank you to Harris Taylor, Scott Lai and a Willy Low for making this all possible. Thanks to my mum, sister and her husband Ash for helping me follow my dream of shooting skating as a job. Thanks to Bolts, Barbs, Chami for all of the advice over the years, fucking legends! Massive thanks to Jake and Dave at Manual Magazine, Sean Holland at The Skateboarder’s Journal, Trent Fahey at Slam, Joey Shigeo at The Skateboard Mag, Jaime Owens at Transworld, Michael Burnett at Thrasher and any other publications that have ran my photos before! And to everyone that’s let me point my camera at them, thank you!

Jake Darwen, Photography, Madars Apse, Photography Exhibition, Skateboarding Photography, Manual Magazine, Brandon Westgate, Alex Lawton, Nikon, Skateboarding, DC, adidas Skateboarding, Kayle Lawson, Chase Collins, Christian Low, New Zealand SKateboarding, NZ SKateboarding, Manual Mag, Manual Magazine, New Zealand Skate, Leigh Bolton, Mark Barber, Exhibition, All Press Studio, Skateboarding,

Also I heard the show sold out, pretty amazing for your first ever show?
Yeah man, so lucky!

Jake Darwen, Photography, Madars Apse, Photography Exhibition, Skateboarding Photography, Manual Magazine, Brandon Westgate, Alex Lawton, Nikon, Skateboarding, DC, adidas Skateboarding, Kayle Lawson, Chase Collins, Christian Low, New Zealand SKateboarding, NZ SKateboarding, Manual Mag, Manual Magazine, New Zealand Skate, Leigh Bolton, Mark Barber, Exhibition, All Press Studio, Skateboarding,

Photos: Isaac Matz

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