Skate & Snap: Larry Bao.
Living in Indiana sucks. The summers are humid and the winters are frigid. Not the best weather for skating, but we manage. We manage by lighting up spots, skating at night and avoiding the heat or shoveling the snow to skate a set of stairs. Once we get to the ripe age to drive, we expand our adventures to other places, other states, other environments. Very American. That’s what a lot of my friends end up doing. They take up a job at a grocery store for a few months, save up, and make the move to Arizona for the winter. Sometimes we just drive and go some place else just to be away from home. Most of my pictures come from these skate trips. I was always inclined to take pictures of these trips because the people I’m surrounded by are so unique and interesting. I couldn’t help but take pictures of them and their surroundings.
I recently moved to NYC and I haven’t been taking too many photos. Because of this, I’ve noticed that people are my main subject and are the “cream filling” of most my images. My friends fulfill my pictures and me. I had a friend who was in the skate scene here in NYC but recently moved back home to Indiana. Ever since he left, I haven’t really skated or had the chance to meet skaters of New York. Hopefully in the mean time, when the weather gets warmer, I’ll be catching up with the skate culture here.