The Face magazine, February 2003, Vol 3 no. 73, written by Phil Hoad, idea by Susie Forman.
There's something awe-inspiring about taking off with a plank of wood on your foot and managing to land on it', says photographer Angus Leadley Brown, I'm trying to get that man and machine collaboration across'. His startling images - achieved with no digital manipulation - are down to his application of decades-old 'synchroballistic' technology to photographing skateboarding. Using a slower version of the techniques used to photograph high-speed projectiles like bullets, he's created a series of surreal portraits that capture the sport's precarious physics. Skaters blur through space, boards twist like toffee in mid air; its like the Extreme
Sports Network filtered through the mind of Stephen Hawking. And Angus's pictures are being enthusiastically received by the skate crowd themselves. 'They're very interested in the way the pictures are made. In fact they're like, "Yeah but can they be made into a video?"' And so he's refining the practice to craft moving images of half-pipe heroism. But though Angus admires skaters, he's not interested in getting in front of the lens. 'I've tried and it is great fun. But I've seen 12-year-olds with broken ankles being carted off in ambulances and I've said to myself, "I can do without that"'. www.serratedimage.com
- Angus Leadley Brown
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