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quoting a mail from Michelle Gerard:
I’ve been working on a personal photography project over the last 18 months called The Rollerblading Project. I’ve been mostly documenting the Detroit rollerblading scene but have also covered a 13 day rollerblading road trip to Toronto, Rochester, NYC, Philly, Pittsburgh and have covered a few trips to Ohio as well.
The idea was to photograph rollerblading in a way that was different from the cliches and to show more of the lifestyle and fine art aspect of rollerblading.
I did give myself 3 rules: no flash, no wide angle or fisheye lenses and nothing is staged or set up. I never asked someone to do a trick again, or tell them what to skate. I wanted this to be from a purely documentary viewpoint and I focused more on chill street sessions and the environment rather than the biggest / best tricks.
Anyway, I’m nearing the end of my project and would like to hold a gallery show in Detroit this winter to expose the general public to rollerblading as a lifestyle and as art, and to thank all the people who participated in the project.
The goal is to hold the show during Bittercold Showdown this year (on the Friday before, so no one misses any of the competition). I think it would be amazing to see rollerblading showcased in the art world and open to the general public and I want you everyone to have a chance to see it in person if they’ll be in town for the comp.
I’m using a website called Kickstarter to help raise at least $7,000 for a show that will cost close to $15,000. In exchange for pledges, I get to offer rewards such as prints, stickers, a limited edition book, digital copies of the book, advance private screenings and more.
Here’s a little behind the scenes for one of the advertisements I shot last year. I am not going to go into details about how I achieve the effect I do.
Sorry. But I’ll give you a look at a before and after to the photoshop workflow. The idea behind it, is to basically without altering the action of the skater.
Remove all and any distractions that may take away from viewing this action more clearly. I basically want the images to be what I see in my mind when I shoot them, and I never remember seeing the rubbish, signage or that stranger that walked by at the wrong time. [...]
Photo: Aaron Polhill (KDM).
Jeremy Suarez takes the Richard Taylor best trick contest with an absolutely ridiculous flat 5 transfer (full results).
Over on the Street Spots contest, Ladkinson narrowly pipped Montre to the post with a mute drop from the container into the bank.
2011 Winner: Jeremy Suarez (full results).
2010 Winner: Brian Aragon (full results).
2009 Winner: Roman Abrate (full results).
2008 Winner: Frazer Watson (full results).
2006 Winner: Erik Bailey (full results).
Another Perfect Room, by Josh Pinkus (Australia)
Photos: Valo. Thanks Pom.
- Buy a a lithium battery + a 10mm diffused Led (makes some some Led throwies to color your town too!) ; tape them together.
- Tie the powered led to your skates.
- Set your camera on a wall or on a tripod and launch a timed long exposure shot (tutorial).
- Skates 30 minutes (every moves you do will be recorded on the picture (check the stars in the sky on the photo).
- Profit & share your photo here!
Ben Matthews: Painting with Lights, More Pictures