Format Perspective (Carhartt)
"What the hell am I doing with my life?" my inner monologue said to me as I sat, camera in hand on a cerb in Belfast watching a man have a fight with his skateboard. The man was angry, almost to the point where steam was coming out of his ears, but the skateboard seemed indifferent, no matter how many chips and chunks were taken out of it. The man only got more angry and at one stage the skateboard even ended up in a skip, but it still somehow retained its cool, unlike the man, he was visibly upset after his experience upon this rolling piece of wood.
I love skateboarding, but the skateboard was not getting to me, so by default it must have been the angry man. Hence I questioned my reasons for documenting this wonderful activity, then, as a joke, I began to film my friend and photographer Stu Robinson. Then, just like in manys the shit 80’s action film I thought to myself “Hey, this is so crazy it just might work!”, and apparently it did! I live for those moments that send you on an unstoppable inspired journey and this was one of those moments.
Format Perspective went on to cover 6 fine European skate photographers and become a both a documentary film and (to my astonishment) a book thanks to the fantastic support received by the fine people at Carhartt. The film has had and is still having a fine run at a long list of film, design and art festivals around the world and it even picked up an award for “Best Editing” at the ISFF in Los Angeles as well as a gong for “Best Photography” at MIMPI in Porto Alegra, Brazil.
The film is currently being prepared for digital release, but if you still live in the tangible world there are a limited amount of books and DVDs available for now.