Skatergirl Meeps.

Meeps riding the bowl.

Meeps riding the bowl.

The last few months have been tough at Cloudy Heights. My partner and I have battled with problem neighbours, troubles at work, illnesses and death in our families. Throughout these trials I have still been shooting but the time consuming developing process had to take a back burner. However, this evening I managed to throw out some stale chemicals, knock up some fresh and get those stainless steel pots all agitated again. So expect plenty of posts coming soon.

All my exposed films have been tossed into an ever increasing mountain on my desk. But, out of all the street shooting sessions and trips away from London, I kept one film separate, the one that I have felt most passionate about and that I wanted to be the first roll I developed once I got back on track. In the big scheme of things this roll recorded nothing special, just a weekend going uptown to buy my angel some skate bits and a trip down to the local skate bowl to capture her finding her feet and identity as a teenager.

In these photos she has only been skating for a few weeks or so, but she has given her board a right good thrashing and her enjoyment as a skater shines through. I never rode skate; my choice of teenage delinquent transport /pass time/lifestyle was the BMX, but a skater’s and BMXer’s struggles and obstacles are the same. It takes determination and tonnes of hard work to achieve even the simplest of moves – and these photos capture her first steps venturing on a great adventure. BMXers and skaters get a lot of bad press, but from personal experience I feel that it is a pass time that should be encouraged. Its a great workout and teaches patience, the discipline and determination needed to achieve a goal and lets face it, there are so many worse things teenagers could be getting up to rather than jumping about in a skate park. I am so happy she has chosen to take on skating :D

Meeps riding the bowl

Meeps riding the bowl

Meeps riding the bowl

Meeps riding the bowl

Meeps riding the bowl

Meeps riding the bowl

Meeps needs grippier shoes

Meeps needs grippier shoes

Rain or shine, little Meeps still skates

Rain or shine, little Meeps still skates

'free board'

‘taiming of the board’

Meeps chilling with her beloved skateboard

Meeps chilling with her beloved skateboard

'Sultry Disaffected Teen' - actually she was really happy but posing to humour me.

‘Disaffected Youth’ – actually she was really happy but posing to humour me.

Love this photo - my loved ones have angels looking over them :D

Love this photo – my loved ones have angels looking over them :D

All photos taken with the Leica Standard / Voigtlander Skopar 21mm, Fomapan 400 developed in Ilford LC29.

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