I love skateboarding. Always have. Always will. I believe it to be one of the most enigmatic sports out there and seems to attract equally enigmatic people, they do say like attracts like after all. One theory behind this attraction may be that skateboarding and the skateboarding community has no boundaries, no rules, and perhaps most importantly; no formal hierarchal structure which opens the path to a peer driven fertile ground for self expression. Nearly every single person I have encountered in my 20 plus years in this community of the unguided have had a certain 'je ne sais quoi' about them...in nothing but a good way.
Skateboarding has played an enormous role in my life. I have been skating for over 20 years and made life long friends with some of the most unlikely people, whom without skating, I never would have had the good fortune to meet. It is also where I cut my proverbial photographic teeth. Through my years of practicing skate photography, I have been fascinated by the vision, interpretation, and use skateboarders make of their surroundings. They view their environment differently from the general populace. Constantly looking at street furniture and urban landscaping searching for a potential spot onto which to bring their craft fleetingly into life. It is this transient relationship between the skateboarder and their surroundings that I aim to portray in my images.