Next up in our series of Photographers Stories is the Leeds based lensman Reece Leung, who steps to the plate with his five favourite shots from 2013 and the tale behind each.
Have a click through Reece’s handpicked shots below now, then head on back tomorrow for more…
Manny Lopez – backside lipslide.
During the winter of 2013 Manny and a handful of guys came up from London to skate some Leeds spots; we were all hyped but it ended up raining, classic British weather. Charlie Munro and his friends were with us too so there was a heavy crew but the weather put a downer on the weekend. We ended up trying to skate the city centre and hit up a few undercover spots to make the most of it. I then thought about this indoor 11 set rail in The Light shopping centre. I’d seen this before always jokingly thinking that someone could skate it, I thought we might as well check it out as we were with some handrail fiends.
Charlie was eyeing up the rail and started to roll up to it so I set up quickly. Manny turned up to the spot a little later than everyone and eyed it up too. Charlie then had a few attempts at a front board; he was getting close. I was sat at the bottom of the stairs expecting Charlie to try the front board and out of nowhere Manny rolled and threw a backlip down it – I thought he was going to land on me – I took a photo anyway having no idea what was going on, and much to mine and everyone else’s surprise, he rolled away from it first go. The whole group we were with went insane, it was ridiculous. No warm up or anything, and he back lipped an 11 stair rail first go. He even came up to me after saying “that rail is so perfect”. I just thought he was a mentalist.
Unluckily Charlie got robbed of the front board a couple of attempts after Manny and we ended up getting kicked off instantly by some of the most aggressive security guards I’ve ever witnessed. In the end we were all laughing at them ‘cause we managed to get something and they were too slack at their jobs.