It was more than just my own fascination with photography and skateboarding that made me start this project. I was seeing a shift in the public perception of skateboarding. Skateparks don’t feel like gutters carved out to collect the delinquents anymore. I don’t think this is the case across the board, but there are more than a few examples of skateparks being built in order to get kids active and to build community. This narrative seemed too good to be true (and in some cases, it is), but it was looking like the skateparks that used to “ruin” kids are now being built to save them.
Skateboarding is a pretty unforgiving struggle against gravity. If you know anything about it, you know that it’s a losing battle. The house wins over ninety-nine percent of the time, skateboarders usually leave the park with less blood than they came with. But after a long enough time, these gambling addicts turn it into art. The fear of breaking bones has never stopped those who understand how great the payoff can be. I think pain plays a huge role. People try to separate pain from reward -- and they do -- but it cheapens the result. You can play pretend with video games, but I don’t think we need an algorithm when gravity isn’t going anywhere. When did we stop seeing the benefits of real-time gravity, physical exhaustion; when did reality stop being real enough?