Parsons School of Design. Photography Department.
(sponsoring body)Christopher Bezamet
Much of my recent work has evolved from my physical knowledge in big mountain freeskiing. The steep and snow-covered mountain peaks allow for human interface with the forces of gravity, the tangible elements of snow and rock, and a gallery of rehearsed body movements that allow for successful navigation to the flats where gravity returns to a more familiar state. When fed a diet of this natural euphoria the hunger builds for further insight to the offerings of the natural world and it puts the idea of monetary compensation in the B-grade section of life’s movie rental store. As Stacy Peralta describes it in his documentary film, Dogtown and Z-boys, “We were always, like, touching the pavement….it was all about feeling what you were doing, feeling your wheels grinding and pivoting around your hand.” He was describing the language of skateboarding, but the concept is applicable across the new field of sport that engages the free spirit. Like a soccer player kicking the ball in just the right spot with just the right velocity to spin the ball in a goal, our sports highlight the physical understanding as the goal rather than an accumulation of points on a rival basis.
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