Three Partials

By: Gustav Hoiland

Dec 13 2010

Category: skateboard

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Focal Length:28mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D

Stand Jump Stand

I showed this to one of my coworkers a while back and got a totally blank look. “What is it?” Well… well quite simply it’s something I like. Which of course doesn’t answer the question, but it hopefully helps redirect the attention away from the contained objects and towards the photograph itself. I quite frankly usually don’t care what is in my photography, it’s … it’s not all about that, I suppose. And there’s always a moment of bafflement when people don’t get it, because it makes me rethink what it is that I supposedly do get.

This is one of my absolute favorites from my time at the skate park. It shows the terrain (stairs and concrete). It shows the kids. It shows their moves. It shows their great style. It shows the grit of the suburban skateboard paradise they so frequently inhabit. All that and it’s obscured a bit by incompleteness. Nothing is shown in full, except perhaps that one skateboard. The one skateboard all isolated and upside down.

It’s photos like this that remind me how much there is to be found even in the crushingly mundane, that it’s up to the beholder of the camera to make it happen.

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