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Photographer Hugh Holland was in the right place at the right time, he says. LA, 1975, specifically. "Skateboarding was happening in many places, but not like in California," he says over the phone from LA, where he still lives at 74. "To me, it seemed like this was the center of everything." Hugh's photos of long-haired, golden-skinned kids gunning down Hollywood's hills and tearing up its boulevards document the very origins of skate culture.
Over the course of three years, Holland took thousands of photos of the scene as it changed from an unruly after-school activity to a professional sport, complete with competitions, endorsement deals, and helmets. Glowing with late-afternoon California light, the images sat unsorted in boxes at his house for decades. But earlier this month, they went on show at Blender Gallery in Sydney (Hugh: "So many of these Australian surfers looked just like the kids in my pictures!"). And Hugh is still sifting through his crates.
The title of this video by Joe Pease comes from this essay - http://yhoo.it/IBn2mK - which contains paragraphs such as, "It is not uncommon for children to play with their shadows or to imagine that they are tangible. However, in order to grow up, children must leave behind this fantasy...no one ever fully grows up. Instead, growing up is a process that continues throughout life." Of course, it might just be a bunch of shadows. Music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.
A crise financeira e económica tem efeitos secundários curiosos. Segundo o New York Times, os skaters americanos andam a descobrir as moradas de casas abandonadas pelos donos, incapazes de pagar as respectivas hipotecas. O objectivo? Re-utilizar as as piscinas para fazer umas manobras. No site Skate and Annoy, num post, diz um deles: “God bless Greenspan, patron saint of pool skatin’.” A reportagem fotográfica é mediana mas documenta bem o movimento: