JONATHAN CHERRY: When did you last see the sunrise?
DAVE CROKE: On the 27th October 2012 in Polzeath, Cornwall, while at work with my dad.
JC: Any emerging artists inspiring you at the moment?
DC: I don’t know about emerging, but sometimes I find artists that are new to me and inspire me a lot. I find Ceal Floyer’s work really interesting, it makes you think and is often quite funny.
After graduating I’ve actually found it quite hard to find new artists and get inspired. It’s really good being in a creative environment like an arts uni and you don’t really realise that while you’re there.
Actually I get really inspired by watching skate videos of people that do things differently, like Leo Valls of Magenta Skateboards. And Polar Skate co. is another company that inspire me a lot, on my skateboard and in other ways. Dank Magazine is a really good Norwegian skate publication that also features a lot more than just skateboarding. I get a lot of inspiration from reading that. It has great art direction and the photos are always really good too.
JC: What is Spot all about?
DC: Spot is about how skateboarders view the world differently to other people and how we interact with our surroundings in a way which I think is interesting and overlooked. Each photo is of a ‘skate spot’ but this is only really visible to skateboarders and I like the idea of other viewers seeing nothing in them, when there is in fact something there. The photos are quite empty and of ordinary and banal places and this aesthetic runs throughout the series.
And I also want to show how skateboarders make the most of what they have; whether its only a curb outside their house, or a well designed piece of architecture in the city. These places can all be used as a somewhere to skate. I also feel that the skate spot is just as important as the skateboarding being done there.
JC: Where are you currently living and how is it shaping you?
DC: I’m living at home in Bodmin, Cornwall and it’s helping make me appreciate the landscape around me as Cornwall is actually a nice place to be. But when you’re in a small town were everyone knows everyone, you can’t help but want to leave. So in that sense it’s making me more determined to leave and move on to bigger and better places, which I can’t wait to do.
JC: One piece of advice to recent photography graduates?
DC: I can think of loads of advice I wish I’d have been given when I graduated, but I’d say that just knowing what you want to do after graduating would be really helpful! Even if it’s nothing special; any plan is better than no plan. I’ve also learnt that things don’t just happen for you, you need to work for what you want.
But most importantly do whatever makes you happy!
JC: Any big plans for 2013?
DC: I’m going to travel around America for three weeks at the end of March, which I’m really looking forward to. Quite nervous at the same time though. And when I get back I’m going to take some of my own advice and do what I probably should’ve already done which is move to Bristol.
JC: Favourite tree?
DC: Banana tree. Fruit that gives you energy can only be a good thing.