Over the summer two of my cousins journeyed from Delaware to visit my husband and I on the western slope of colorful Colorado. We adventured through the mountains on old mining roads, paddled boarded on Emerald Lake, admired unique creations at the arts fair, attempted to fly fire lanterns and went to the local skatepark. We did a lot more but that was already a mouthful, ha! My cousin Gabe (pictured in yellow) loves to spend time surfing concrete and my husband while he hadn’t skated in years also enjoys the rowdy sport or any board sport for that matter. Luckily for my cousin Brit and I, we both enjoy photography so we excitedly brought our cameras along to explore a new photo genre.
It was like a little dream come true for me as I was a big fan of the documentary Dogtown and Z boys and the film Lords of Dogtown and skate culture in general. Ok
maybe the long hair had something to do with it too. All jokes aside I tried skating at one point in my young teenage years (ok maybe the jokes still on the table) and found it to be completely unforgiving. Hitting hip bone to concrete was more than I was willingly to bargain for at the time and definitely prefer the snow or the ocean to the concrete. So this was the best of both worlds, photography and skating, only my hips were safe but the stoke was still rocky mountain high.
The subjects were all over the park making it so we (the photographers) had to get in where ever we fit in but we also had to be quick to move out of the way. There is a lot going on in the photo below but I really appreciate how it turned out. A little chaotic as it felt through the lens and maybe you can feel it too with the juxtaposition of Alex, the helmet below him, trash bin beside him, and scooter kid in the bowl below.
Gabe watching Alex transfer the spine.
There is a super palpable energy in the skatepark. From the focus and drive of the skaters to the pure joy that excrete’s from the kids of all ages. Call it a concrete connection. It’s amazing what we can do with our bodies when our minds come along for the ride.
Are you a fan of board sports or are you a sports photographer? What has your experience been like? Share with me in the comments!!
Thank you for joining me here and until next time..
Happy trails ♥