This project focuses on how I have used portrait photography as a means to document and explore skateboarding. My photographs represent a collective of individual skaters who are committed to a common identity and purpose, even though they are mostly misunderstood by society at large. My photographic approach comes from an insider's perspective and covers the skaters' faces to shift the main focus of identification onto their skateboards. This both creates a collective identity. The removal of the face is a denial of identification that alludes to how the photographic portrait can form conventional ideas about subjects, particularly problematic in the representation of sub-cultures in society. This process is constructed by photographer and performed by the subject.
Emily Clemson • Philip Curnow • Nicola Dellard-Lyle • Julia Dudkowiak • James Head • Beverley Isaac • Aidan Mayne • Kate Mercer • Jason Peck • Sue Anne Phelan • Matt Simmons • Hannah Winston •