Behind the Shot with Paris Gore
Words by Chris Shalbot, Seattle, WA: Back in 2012, a young, quiet intern sat next to me in the back of the office, where he would grind through the day editing product photos for evo.com. We became pretty good friends, sharing stories of after work jump sessions and weekend rides. And then one day, Paris Gore was gone. He replied to my inquiring text that his program at Seattle Central was ramping back up, but first he was headed to Whistler for Crankworx to assist Reuben Krabbe on his Deep Summer Challenge slideshow entry. The duo and team of riders, including Kenny Smith, Geoff Gulevich, Jackson Goldstone and Sarah Leishman, took home top honors for their entry. Just like that and Paris was getting his passport stamped, travelling the world chasing the World Cup and shooting ads for brands like Specialized, Bell, Giro and Dakine.
But clients and jobs don’t just fall into your lap. Behind the scenes, there is so much more going on: emails, phone calls, calendar scheduling, follow up phone calls and time spent at airports or behind the wheel. It takes dedication, balance and self-management to be successful, and it’s so awesome to see a humble kid from Spokane making a career doing what he loves.
Earlier this year, while home for a short window, Paris set up a Dakine shoot with fellow evo ambassador Matthew Slaven, who happened to be in Bellingham doing some testing on the new Spartan from Devinci. Matthew and Paris have a lengthy history as well; Paris’ first big solo gig was with Matthew shortly after that Crankworx victory, and the pair has been shooting ads for Dakine almost every year since. For this shoot we tagged along with Jasper Wesselman behind the camera, showcasing Paris’ process for conceptualizing the ad and getting the shot. The result is this two-pager in the Sep/Oct issue of Bike on newsstands now. Our congratulations to Paris and Matthew on another creative and stimulating photo!