Stu Robinson - 'Where do the children play'
A series of photographs taken in and around North Belfast back in 2010. I wanted to give the impression that they were photographs taken in the 1980's, against the fact that they are actually street scenes taken in modern day Belfast. To achieve this, the photographs were taken on my dad's battered 1970's Practika camera, which some how still functions (but has a mind of its own).
Graham Tait - NYC shot from the hip.
Owen Godbert - Polaroids
Horsey - Albion
The Albion video came together almost by pure magic. Clips were stacked unintentionally as hangovers were shaken off on a Saturday afternoon and as new ones were being created into the night. I would always make sure I would bring out one of my 35mm cameras when we went to skate. Either a Pentax p30t, Cosmic Symbol, or one of the weird other ones I have acquired over the years. I am by no means a photographer but by with some hints from Sam Ashley and a light reader app on my phone I have kinda made it work.
Reece Leung - Film.
Patrick D Bortz-
I am trying to creating a documentation of day to day photos of the city I am growing up in, Glasgow. Aiming to show this city in a light that I have always known it to be, I along with this showcase the freedom available to inhabitants of such a vibrant city.
I try to keep my photos quick, fast paced and able to hold an attention span due to their interesting content and exploitation of the situations that have arisen through my lens.
It's something about that split-second in time where everything is frozen, when you get to take it all in without anything moving. The skater's style, seeing how he balanced that grind, or caught that flip, the overall location where the trick went down, is what makes a still photo so much more enticing for me. It's the level of precision and style that you can see in a photograph. That thousandth of a second where everything lines up and you get "the" image. It is this moment, frozen in time, that I love about shooting skateboarding.
Being in a place where skateboarding is prohibited pushes against social norms, expectations, and rules. I enjoy skateboarding, and photographing it, because of the moment of freedom it creates for the photographer and subject. It doesn't matter if the parking meter is running out, or you don't have rent money, or the security guard says he's calling the cops, everybody involved is focused on doing their thing in that moment. The art of skateboarding consists of using everyday surroundings, whether it be the transition of a quarter-pipe, a bank, ledge, or handrail. The skateboarder chooses a trick that would be aesthetically pleasing for them with the features of the spot in mind. The skateboarder is always trying to establish a harmonious relationship between their intentions, their movement and the environment. The freedom to produce a photograph in a place that was never designed to be used for skateboarding is a creative and liberating moment for everyone involved.
My photography allows me to express my admiration for the level of precision, skill, and grace of each skater. Being the photographer, my primary focus is to communicate what I imagine to be the best way of representing the skater's trick and spot choice in a single frame.
These are my friends. We've been skateboarding, hanging out for years, since we were in our mid-teens. I know about them as individuals and they've shared their life experiences with me, which are very different from mine. These guys have had to deal with tough issues in their lives that got in the way of education, or unfortunate circumstances with family and difficult living conditions. I have an urge to help them pursue their goals in skateboarding. For some of the guys skateboarding is a way to escape life's burdens; it helps them feel free, accomplished, and happy. Skateboarding is the best thing in their lives right now. A world where they can create happiness with their own efforts; moments of cruising around, doing tricks, and enjoying the feeling of landing tricks on their skateboards, being there for each other.
These photographs are my gifts to them. Our memories together from trips, a fun session, or a bad day. The photographs I make are meant to be a permanent record of my friends enjoying their days skateboarding, and I hope the images will open the eyes and minds of the general public to the side of skateboarding they don't see.
Daniel Goode - Sydney
Rafael Gonzales - Panama City
Rob Salmon - The Docks
This series were taken at Falmouth Docks in Cornwall. The idea for shooting here came about because my girlfriend was at uni in Falmouth, and her flat was right next to the docks. There was always something interesting going on there, be it the dock workers having a dance with each other by the dry dock, or the large Bailey crane lifting smaller cranes and other odd items onto the boats being fixed. I used to be able to spend hours watching that giant crane whilst my girlfriend was at uni. I contacted the operations manager for the docks and got special permission to photograph the site and the workers. All of these images were taken in the main fabrication warehouse in the docks.
Marco Hernandez - New York City
Graham Tait - Coney Island
A series of portraits and candid photographs from Coney Island NYC.