Everybody Skate is a documentary photo project highlighting women and non-binary skateboarders in New York City. Captured since 2018 and primarily with mechanical film cameras, emulating the feeling of skateboarding (muscles, hardware, agility, no batteries needed), this project shares stories of courage and athleticism through intimate portraits of the diverse individuals that make up this small but growing community.
As a female skater growing up in the 90s, I often found myself being the only girl at the skatepark. It was intimidating to be a young woman and a minority in an aggressive male-dominated space, especially as a beginner. Fortunately, the landscape is evolving and attitudes are changing. Women's skateboarding has been added to the 2021 Olympic Games for the first time in history, and there are a growing number of organizations such as Skate Like A Girl, Quell Skateboarding and Grl Swirl that host skate clinics and events to create an inclusive and safe space for women and non-binary people to learn new skills, get support and build confidence.
It's an exciting time in skateboarding and my aim is to showcase this push for gender equality and the trailblazing individuals that make up this positive new space through an honest and artistic lens.
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