Video Music : SOOTHE THE BROKEN AIR / Daniel Whitechurch
Gallery Images used in the video courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia. Photo: Mark Mohell
WHAT IS SKATER PROJECT ABOUT
Many skaters speak of a solitary mind space while skating; of entering into another state of consciousness. To make these portraits I asked the skaters to place themselves within this meditative space.
As a child growing up in Scotland, I was the opposite of sporty. I was never the fastest runner and dreaded sports days, but I did find a refuge in skateboarding from a young age. It fitted in perfectly with my tomboy persona and gave me a huge amount of self confidence. An unseen benefit of skating is the ability to detach and exist happily within your own headspace.. in many ways this is essential.
I now live in Melbourne, Australia where skating is a common mode of transport and in 2009 I asked the question,'do other skaters zone out while skating'. The answer was YES. I decided to photograph the skaters in my local area of Fitzroy and asked them to place themselves within this headspace. I was amazed. We talked, I waited and I shot 5 images of each skater.
Was this a worldwide state of mind or would cultural differences play a part. I decided to take the project on the road. Wherever I went skaters welcomed me and immediately understood the common idea. 'We are at one with ourselves', to quote skater Luke Brown.
While in the USA my images became blurry and out of frame. My retina had detached and my optic nerve was swollen. Back in Australia the retina was lasered back into place and I switched to digital photography saving myself any future risk of blurred imagery. The project continued and the next year I visited Italy, Germany, England and the Czech Republic. The kindness of strangers along the road made this project possible.
WHY DO YOU NEED TO RAISE THE MONEY?
The incredible German fine-art publisher Kehrer Verlag wants to produce a limited-edition book of Skater, but only if funds can be raised to contribute to the cost. This is standard practice in the art photography world. The book will be printed on high quality photo paper on a European press in Germany. The hardback book will have 144 beautiful pages and 68 awesome skater images. I will be covering some of the postage overseas to reduce the cost of postage for you. This will be a lovely book and with your name printed in the back you will truly be a part of the project.
Every cent that you contribute will go directly to the book. Any additional money will go towards improving the look of the book and extra freebies for you. If the target amount is reached the book is guaranteed. If the target amount is not reached your card will not be charged and the project will receive nothing. Grab yourself a book and get that feel good feeling.
THE REWARDS : PLEASE ADD $15 FOR SHIPPING WITHIN AUSTRALIA
7x9" CHROMIRA PRINT / DANIEL and LAURA
16x12" GALLERY QUALITY PRINT / MICHAL /
16x12" GALLERY PRINT / BRYCE / EDITION OF 100
36x24" GALLERY PRINTS / CHOOSE FROM 4 / EDITIONS OF 10
40x48" GALLERY FRAMED PRINT OF 'KARINA ESPINOZA'
This beautifully framed print of Karina Espinoza from the Skater series was part of the National Portrait Photographic Prize and was part of the National Portrait Gallery show. Karina is an edition of 1 only.
A note on how to use kickstarter to make a pledge:
To make a pledge to Skater click the green “Back This Project” button. You will be asked to enter your pledge amount and select a reward. Then, you will go through and must complete the checkout process. If the project is successfully funded, your card will be charged when the book reaches its funding deadline. The book is expected to be published around late April 2015 and will ship shortly afterwards, prints and photoshoots can come before.
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Risks and challenges
The Skater book has a publishing deal with Kehrer in Germany, therefore the book will definitely be published if we reach our goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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