I actually met Jake Phelps for the first time this hot summer day in 1996 at the Skatepark in Marseille, France. I had no idea we shared friends from Boston, and in the hardcore Punk circles in general. He was usually quiet and reserved around me. On rare occasion when we would get into a heated discussion regarding skateboard history, he showed a knowledge and passion like few others. When i worked a bit with him at THRASHER, after Kevin Thatcher passed on the reigns, he wasn’t the easiest guy to communicate with, but we had our moment, and i could and would not ever doubt his dedication and pure love for skateboarding. I am sorry as is most of the skateboard world for his passing. But he had the passion in him like all those i relate to best, and that’s a lesson for all. Don’t loose it and live it till the end. You did that Jake, good for you kid. R.I.P. .
This photograph of ETHAN FOWLER from 1996 at the infamous skatepark in Marseille is a prime example of the beauty we can find in the architecture, athleticism and ART in skateboarding and its culture. I had not been making skate photos as much by this time, pretty rare in fact, and i did not have any idea this crew including Jake and Ethan were going to be there this day when i decided to take a drive up from Cannes with my little cousin for the afternoon to scope out the world famous spot. Lucky i had my camera with me, just my typical travel set up, a 20mm lens, not really optimal for skateboarding photography, but made this cool one. The image appeared for the first time in my book THE IDEALIST “In My Eyes 25 Years” you can read in my previous posts to find out what this book is all about, or on line search the title of the book. .
The bio link will get you to the book.
Although there are several skateboarding images and PUNK and Hip Hop photos, this book is an ART book. This is one of my all time favorites. For the real art and photography buffs out there. 👊🏽✌🏽✊🏽 #FILM #Inspiration #Integrity #35mm #ART #Photography #International #TheIdealist #PUNK #Landscapes #skateboarding #Beauty #HipHop #Composition 1976 -2001