"CitySkate" is an exploration of skateboarding culture and urban environments. Originally from Florida, I grew up heavily involved in skateboarding and surfing culture. When I moved to LA, I found a similar community out in Venice Beach, California. I wanted to combine skateboarders and architecture in a new and unconventional way. Over several days, I shot images of local skateboarders at the iconic Venice Beach skatepark. I did the same process in downtown Los Angeles with images of its recognizable skyline. Using these photographs, I cut out and collaged them in Photoshop to create a surrealist cityscape. Urban environments and skateboarding go hand in hand. This image represents a dreamland of skateboarding in a modern city. It showcases endless stair gaps and ledges through a seamless composition of the city’s distinct buildings amidst a foreground of concrete waves. Skate culture creates a platform of camaraderie and community where city environments facilitate the culture. The creative shot is a utopian representation of the blend between urban cities and skate culture. It captures action and depicts a moment in time to relay both a sense of energy and stillness.
The wait is over and we can finally share the first new images of this year's Red Bull Illume Image Quest! Every week, we announce the semi-finalists of a different category, so stay tuned for more mind-blowing images.