First year, Euan Shields creates a series a skater photographs for The Personal Portfolio module

For the personal portfolio module, I decided to take a documentary approach to the brief. I wanted to document my roommates and I out skating in and around Cheltenham.

I took heavy inspiration from Jeff Bridges behind the scenes work on movies. Another photographer that inspired the work was Rafael Gonzalez who has a strong focus on skate photography.

I paired my research and findings with different mediums to try and create a series of images that would arc a timeless feel. With this in mind I found my best option was to use black and white film. I found my love for black and white during this module and started to play with a variety of developers and scanning technics to tell my personal story.

The story dives into the culture of skating as well as the environment in which many of use skate.

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