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“Welcome to Sunday Morning Bastards Club! If it’s dry, we head to Birchwood Skate Park at 8am. If it’s wet, we’re over at Ramp1 for 10am. Home for midday to walk the dogs, have Sunday lunch with the family and spend time with the wife.”

LIFERS – Skateboarders who have dedicated years of discipline to their artform and embodied its raw and alluring culture.

Society perceives the skater as a kind of mischievous and rebellious teenager, but that misconception is being demolished by our valiant LIFERS. Whereas many abandon skateboarding as they age, our LIFERS have woven skate-culture into their reality. With fundamental devotion; they are skaters to the core.

Over a three year period, I have used photography as a tool to document this group of older skateboarders. Taking an ethnographic approach, I have developed methodologies that have allowed me to become part of this community. Capturing their sincerity towards skateboarding from an insider’s perspective, by building friendships with the skateboarders and gaining their trust, I have created a raw and honest photographic documentary.

I want my images to transport the viewer to the skate parks, to see how the skateboarders compete against the physical and mental sides of ageing, whilst maintaining a profound allegiance to this extreme pastime. Most importantly; my collection displays a narrative that showcases the passion, friendship, stylistic flare and community spirit that belongs to a group of people who, are as devout now as they were when they started out.

Working closely with Marcus, Chris and Stuart - who are those most prominently pictured in the project – and they have collaborated with myself, I have documented their sessions with a view to represent the lifestyle and artistry of an older generation of skateboarders. Using photographs as my primary method of documentation, I have also recorded the skaters talking to me about their passion, so that the audience can also share the conversation. With sounds from the skatepark to accompany the photographs within the videos, allowing the viewer to stand in the centre of the scene, as I was.

These men are husbands, fathers and grandfathers who, like us, have careers, responsibilities and duties, but most of all, they are still skateboarders…

The youth may come and go, but for these men, skateboarding will remain forever.