Almost everyone has a scrapbook of photographs sitting somewhere in their parent’s house, only pulled down and flipped through when your mom is trying to embarrass you when you bring your girl or boy friend over for the first time. Those scrapbooks are like visual timelines, each photo within a specific snapshot of a moment otherwise lost into the messy ether of memory. Most of these scrapbooks have pretty bland pictures of family trips to Disney World, but if you’re a professional skateboarder with a long history in the game, your scrapbook might be a little bit cooler. Instead of a blurry snapshot of Uncle Andy posing with his ex-wife in front of the Christmas tree, there might be a photo of a legendary skater hitting a spot or a blunt. Your family scrapbooks might be interesting to you and your family, but a pro skater’s scrapbook has value to the whole of the skate community.
Take someone like Zered Bassett for instance. Zered’s been killing it on a board for over a decade, traveling the world with skaters like Harold Hunter, Jake Johnson, and Fred Gall, and shooting (pretty damn good) photos all along the way.
For the second installment of our Off Duty series, Zered took us to his Bedstuy, Brooklyn studio to show off some of his shots, and talked us through the evolution of his interest in photography. From disposable cameras to Holgas to DSLRs to collages, check out how Zered captures his friends, who just happen to be some of your favorite skateboarders, in action.