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The City of South Perth along with Momentum Skate and their valued sponsors such as GMTA skateboards, butter and Modus put on an invitational skate competition of Perths best skateboarders all competing for some great prizes.
To say the show was epic was an understatement. With the cream of Perths skate community all in the one place on a warm March afternoon was proof that the skating community in Perth is a strong and healthy one.
With this series of skate photographs i have created a photoshop action to give them a slightly softer colour palette with a subtle vignette effect to create a aged look. I'm really happy with some the photos grabbed on the day and i will be creating a specific photo gallery for this skate tournament soon so stay tuned. I was keen to get some up ASAP and have chosen the following photographs including the "hero" shot of James Ahern tearing it up!
These few photos were taken last Saturday as part of "The Big Skate" promotion withing the Northbridge Festival. The big skate consisted of a photographic exhibition, skateboard demos with some of Perths best skateboarders and Mat de Koning documentary film City Stoppers which aired to a impressed and passionate crowd in the open air Piazza in Northbridge, Western Australia.
The aim of the "Big Skate" promotion was to highlight the need for the Perth Council and surrounding local councils to look to consider the wishes and needs of Perth skateboarders when designing infrastructure including Parks, public spaces and transport routes. Instead of placing the occasional white elephant of a skate bowl that becomes an unattractive oven during the middle of an West Australian summer, Perths skateboarding community want future architecture and public planning to look at including skate friendly elements that co-exist and even blend into surrounding environments.
The program culminated in community forum The future of skate facilities in WA which created an open forum of discussion for all sides of the debate.
Unfortunately this day I couldn't bring my main digital SLR camera as i was getting a sensor clean for an upcoming commercial photography shoot. I did manage to get some good shots with the limited lens and camera options i had. I have put a few shots up with more to follow. Dylan who appears in two of these shots is the most insane skateboarder i have seen in a long time. I could only dream of having his skills. I thought the grainy nature of these shots suited a retro feel which i have created in post production in photoshop.
Chris Bishop professional commercial, landscape & travel photographer based in Perth, Western Australia.