Backside This collection marks two thresholds in my life: my first exhibition and the beginning of my ongoing infatuation with the culture of bowl skating. Bondi skate park opened in 2005 and I quickly became fascinated with the wild variety of people to be encountered on both sides of the fence. Bowl riding was still largely seen as ‘old school’ at this time, so the park was getting blitzed by skaters ranging from 8 year old girls to battered old pool pioneers in their 50s. It also quickly became a magnet for tourists and onlookers, who would congregate around the park fence even when there was no one riding, mesmerised by the mere thought of dropping into that concrete pit. I discovered that the culture of skateboarding is deeply egalitarian and social barriers tend to fade away when a good session is going down. It is not uncommon for top pros to hoot for complete beginners. I was a novice at skate photography at this point and knew little about its history, aside from my admiration for the work of Glen. E. Friedman. These shots were taken before the launch of Instagram made digital filtering a cliché, and I spent a lot of time in Photoshop trying to bring turn the atmosphere of each shot into something tangible. I have developed a very different approach to skate photography since - cleaner, more direct, unfiltered - so these images have all been appropriately ‘de-processed’ for display here. These shots began as a study of a culture that was new and fascinating to me in 2005, but I soon became a Bondi bowl skater myself and count many of the people in these shots as my closest friends. The collection now feels more like a family album than a work of social documentation.