Tim Hans grew up with a love for people and making things happen. Along with his skateboard and a camera, Hans carries this sensibility with him — while in fleeting moments of mutual fascination, he captures the people and places that give our existence character.
Skateboarders: A Global Typology
Often misunderstood and proud of the fact, skateboarders share a persistence of mindset that drives their success. Landing that first kickflip does something to rewire a person’s neurons — the timid turn bold; the innocent, experienced; satisfaction is attained through progress; and most importantly, more is never enough. As a sport in transition to mainstream attention, some of the individuals photographed have dreams of making it. Others are the last of a dying breed. But careful reflection on each individual evokes a true sense of what it means to be a skateboarder. They do it because it’s what they love; it’s their Rushmore. You may not get it, but look in their eyes — they don’t need you to.
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