“We live amid surfaces, and the true art of life is to skate well on them,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson the 19th century champion of individualism. Central to Emerson’s doctrine was the “infinitude of the private man,” or put in other words the capability of man to achieve the infinite – the ability to transcend.
Inspired by this ethos, filmmaker Ian Durkin tells the story of a group of friends traveling the American Northeast skating all different kinds of surfaces. From the backwoods, to old dilapidated concrete structures and to typical refined surfaces, the group seeks new places to skate while also taking the time to take in the scenery and their company.
But what truly makes this film able to communicate a theme that many of us can relate is that the skateboarding serves as a platform for the company to escape the confines of what people think is possible. In the most literal application of this theme, the film shows skaters taking trees, whittling them down and skating it like you would a rail at a skate park. But in the more abstract sense, the group is able to use wilderness and skateboarding as a tool to transcend reality and find what many of us only believe we can find at the end of life’s journey – true happiness among friends.
Emerson captures that notion well in his declaration “to finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours is wisdom.”
Check out photos from the shoot below: