Everything Hurts a Lot More Now

I grew up in the countryside in North Devon. Me and my brothers would watch American Movies – The Sandlot, Stand By Me, The Goonies. We started ‘a gang’ called ‘The White Rhinos’ and you could only be in the gang if you had converse trainers. We played baseball in the park, drank coke and ate bubble gum.

When I got into my teens I started skateboarding. I watched skate movies or played Tony Hawks on the PlayStation after school and went for a skate with my friends in our local spots. I wanted to be a photographer or a filmmaker, so I started filming and taking pictures of my friends skating.

I moved away from Devon at the age of 16 and I stopped skating for around 12 years, but still continued to pursue photography. At the age of 28 something kicked back in me and I bought a board. I’m not as good as I used to be and everything hurts a lot more now but the excitement I had when I used to skate is still there.

In 2016 I went to New York to photograph the skate scene and it felt like a real life movie. Skaters are photographed all the time, it’s a subculture, which continues to grow, influencing fashion, movies, music, writing, poetry, photography, art and much more. My skate videos of my friends never made it anywhere other than a suitcase that now follows me from house to house, but it influenced me to become a photographer and work on projects that feel close to me.