skateboarding that is.
I recently met two wonderful young skateboarders while visiting skateboard parks in the Portland Metro area. I started my search for parks about 10 days ago when the web-based magazine, Lomography, asked me to write and photograph the skate board community in Portland. I kept hearing that the skate board park in the St Johns area of the city was a favorite with many skaters. It’s located on the panhandle of Pier Park and I had only been in the forested section before. It’s no wonder, because until 10 days ago I had never visited the skating arenas. I have driven past them but never stopped. Now I want to keep looking for more.
When I drove up to Pier Park I didn’t think anyone was there, which has seemed to plague me often during this project because school is still in session in Oregon. But as I got closer I could see two heads pop up now and again. I walked over and asked the older boy, who I now know as Milo if he would mind if I took his photo. He didn’t. His brother Miles was also happy to pose and perform for me. Just to make double sure I got permission from their Mom.
And so, what I think started as a very casual and by chance meeting is going to turn into much more. Today I followed them to the Tigard Skate Park to take a few more photos before the rain returned. I also let them both take turns with my Lomography Spinner 360 camera as they skated. They had no trouble using the whole roll of film. Next time I’ll make sure I take more. I love to let kids take their turn with the cameras. They can be very creative.
I have since learned about upcoming competitions that the boys will take part and I plan to show up to watch them.