These pictures of a variety of skaters, some well known, some less well known, come from a blog called the Skatorialist. Little information is on the blog, but it is run by photographer Sam Ashley.
The title of the blog is a neologism and portmanteau. The emphasis being on fine tailoring and skateboarding.
I have been preparing for a course on the experience of the body in human culture. One thing that I have been looking at is our engagement with the world through material objects that in some ways become part of our physical experience.
Simply think of your phone.
For skateboarders there is similarly an experience with the board. How could one describe this? Perhaps a fifth limb? Or for those familar with the “His Dark Materials”, a dæmon? It might be described as relational but extrabodily.
Well this blog juxtaposes the two elements. without the boards, these are just people, with the boards they are given a different context and meaning. Skateboards have long been used as fashion accessories. It always seems bizarre to me. Probably because it always looks so false. Yet these photos strike a different chord to the fashion pictures. There seems to be something very simple here, but also honest. Perhaps in these pictures the camera has captured that enigmatic relationship between board and person. Between body and object.
(Thanks to Joey for the tip)