Wellingtonian David Read is an anomaly somewhere between AV club nerd and bogan. He’s a self-disciplined perfectionist who prefers the company of Upper Hutt metal refugees to Welliwood glitterati though his chameleonic charm ensures he can tete-a-tete happily with either. Over fifteen years ago David helped give birth to Manual on a wing and many prayers; he’s run it on fumes for 50 issues and counting, expects as much of his own work as his contributors and is consequently New Zealand’s most respected skateboard photographer.