They Skate is a photographic project highlighting women and gender non-conforming skateboarders in New York City. Captured primarily on 120mm and 35mm film over the past two years, this project shares stories of courage and athleticism through portraits of the young 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 a male-dominated space, especially as a beginner. Fortunately, the space is evolving and attitudes are changing. Women's skateboarding has been added to the 2020 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 NYC Skate Project that host skate clinics and events to create an inclusive and safe space for women, trans, gender queer and non-binary individuals to learn new skills, get support and build confidence.
It's an exciting time in skateboarding and my aim is to showcase the diversity and the brave individuals that make up this positive new space through an honest and intimate lens.