Inside Street Skating
Mike Belleme has been skating since he was 12 years old. Enamored by the subculture, Belleme sought to capture the essence of street skating as he saw it through his own experiences. Too often, the skateboarding subculture if gone largely unnoticed by those who are outside looking in. That miscommunication can largely be attributed to the mainstream skateboarding media that surrounds the literal sport and stretches over the nuances of what it actually means to be part of a large and diverse street skating community.
“I don’t think your average skate action shot has a lot to say about what it means to be a skater,” says Belleme. Instead of focusing on typical action shots, the skater gone photographer tries to capture different themes in his images that, when viewed together, demonstrates the confluence of factors that push individuals around the world to dedicate themselves to a subculture that is (mostly) not very lucrative and often viewed by others as an unproductive lifestyle. Rebellion, camaraderie, athleticism, exploration and above all identity – these are some of the messages that Belleme communicates through his work, all of which are human tendencies that can bring people together and serve as a catlyst for the creation of a unique subculture that is now known as street skateboarding.
Take a look at Belleme’s photos below and check out his Tumblr for more of his work.