Fred MortagneCameraNikon FM2 geared up with a motor driveLensNikon 85 mmFilmKodak 400 Tri-X, pushed 1 stopFilterYellowAbout the shotThis place became a skateboard spot as a result of the evolution of skateboarding. It’s in my neighbourhood but I only noticed it recently, even though I’ve passed in front of it hundreds of times over the years.The constant progression of skateboarding turns ordinary places into skate spots at certain times; some places can remain untouched for decades, while other places that were once hot spots go back to peaceful, ordinary use, abandoned by skateboarders. This is Steve Forstner, balancing on his front wheels across the top of this random wall in Lyon, France, on an exceptionally nice, warm day in January 2006. Thanks to global warming, in a few years, skateboarders won’t necessarily have to live in California!BiographyI’m a self-taught french director and photographer, with the focus of my work being mostly around skateboarding. My graphical and geometrical photography is almost exclusively shot in black and white, and focuses more on the aesthetics and style of the sport, rather than the performance, while also playing around a lot with architecture. Spending so much time out in the streets, I keep a curious eye for other interesting things of life happening, and am always ready to capture those unique moments. My pictures are a feast of lines and angles, and my specific compositions – blending the skateboarders into their environment – make this skateboarding photography accessible to non-skateboarders. This is the third time my work has been recognized by Red Bull Illume. In total I’ve had seven finalist images in the 2007 and 2010 contests. My first retrospective book was published in the fall of 2016.