Skateboarding has the ability to bring everyone together. No matter what race, gender, religion, or background, this piece of wood holds a power that makes people feel free. Learning and having fun with friends helps individuals feel like anything is possible in spite of what goes on in their personal lives. Through this difficult year, my friends and I used skateboarding as a way to cope with the stresses of our everyday lives. Some friends have jobs that make them unhappy, others feel lost and hopeless about their future. Yet when we come together and cruise down the streets of New York City, we feel we can do anything.
My photographs highlight the sense of community I find in my friends. During the pandemic, we spent a lot more time skateboarding together which strengthened the bonds between us. Whether it’s holding conversation, laughing, or hugging each other after landing a trick we’ve been trying all day, my project shows the joy that skateboarding brings and the importance of friendship during tough times.