Concrete: A Skateboarder’s Canvas
Having spent my entire career as an advertising writer, creative director and professor, I have always been keenly interested in individual creative expression in all of its forms across all possible media. Recently that interest led me to Lynch Skate Park to shoot the diverse community of skateboarders who gather there.
To them, skateboarding is less a sport than an outlet for their own creativity. Their canvas is the concrete surface — ramps, platforms, deep bowls with vertical sides — upon which they perform ollies, kickturns and axle grinds. Those become their wavy lines and splashes of color.
In this body of work I strive to capture the creative expression of skateboarders, both in their appearance and performance, by emphasizing how their presence highlights the curves, shadows, angles and inclines of an urban skate park.
Edward Boches is a Boston-based photographer with an interest in documenting the diverse places and artifacts that reveal how people live, work and play.
When he was fresh out of college, Boches worked for a short time as a newspaper and corporate news photographer, but then took a long hiatus from professional photography to focus on his 35-year career as an advertising writer and creative director.
Formerly a partner and chief creative officer at Mullen Lowe, he created numerous award-winning advertising campaigns, frequently shooting with renowned fine art and commercial photographers. Now a full-time professor at Boston University’s College of Communication, where he teaches “courage and creativity,” he has returned to his love of image making.
Boches has studied at the Griffin Museum and the New England School of Photography. Recently his work has been featured on GrindTV.com
and has been acquired for international distribution by the Caters News Agency.
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