Growing up the son of a working photographer, our family home was full of camera equipment, none of which were available for use by the children. My first camera was a GAF pocket camera that used cartridge-loaded 110 film, and it was with that camera that I snapshot my way through childhood. That was also the first camera I ever turned on skateboarding, and I continued to shoot skateboarding pictures through the end of the 1970s, with whatever camera I could put my hands on.

It wasn’t until 1985, after a six-year absence from skateboarding, that I, hugely impressed with how the level of skill had advanced in the sport, was compelled to pick up a camera again. This choice led to advanced equipment purchases, a cryptic nickname -GBJ-, and several years of photographing the best skateboarders in the world. While doing that, it was my pleasure to have my work published in TransWorld Skateboarding Magazine, Thrasher, and Power Edge magazines. It was also my pleasure to represent and be frequently published in Lapper; a ‘zine local to the D.C. area that eventually gained attention across the U.S. and in skate communities around the world.

In the late 1990s, I joined my photographic hobby to my lifetime passion for the magnificent Washington National Cathedral, wherein exist a lifetime’s worth of stunning photographic opportunities. Since that time, my Cathedral photographs, have been displayed in several publications, selected for display in a juried exhibition, and one was added, by their request, to Washington National Cathedral’s permanent collection.


One response

29 12 2012
Anthony Smallwood

GBJ, How’s it going, Amigo?
We are having a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief with an art and photo auction. Would you be interested in donating a print? There will be works from top surf, skate and Nat Geo photogs.
Hit me up @ brokensquare@mac.com

Thanks Andy,



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