My name is Michael Burnett and I live in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California. I became interested in photography as a teenager, staring at skateboard magazines – a hard-to-find commodity in the small Texas town I grew up in.
As a student at the University of Colorado in Boulder I started making my own homemade skate 'zine, taking photos and writing about my friends and our adventures. After graduating with a journalism degree I was lucky enough to get my dream job – a staff photographer for Thrasher magazine. Seventeen years later and I'm the editor at large of this storied publication, still shooting photos and constantly stoked to be out skateboarding with some of the best in the world.
It took me quite awhile to get my technical skills down (this was in the film era mind you,) but soon after I realized I also needed to pay attention to the more subtle moments that happened while I was out chasing around the rad. Inspired by street photographers like Robert Frank and my friends Ed Templeton and Fred Mortagne, I appreciate a funny reaction, epic composition or impromptu portrait just as much as the biggest air or handrail.