While walking in Como with my Praktica camera, I found a young skater at a square in my city. After having chosen an elevated position on an overpass, I mounted my 85mm lens and played about with his performance and his shadow. Check it out after the jump!
A few hundreds meters outside the historical center of my city Como is a big square dedicated in part to a parking lot and to a basketball court in another. Its surface is made of a light gray concrete material. This is also a great place to practice skateboarding, as you can see in these photos.
I was here an hour before sunset, in a warm and sunny day in early March. The shadows were so long, so pretty, that I decided to take this series of photos.
This place is located in the middle of Via Castelnuovo, about 200 meters from the train station of Como Nord Borghi. Nearby is the local university with the departments of physics, mathematics and engineering.
These photos were taken through the grates of a tower that provides access to pedestrians crossing the busy road, and which also leads from the square to the university. The grates caused the “vignetting effect” in some of these images!
The concrete is flat and pretty smooth, good for beginners.
There are no ramps or other artificial obstacles such as steps and parabolic curves so beloved by experienced skaters, but this place is great in learning the basics of skateboarding.
I chose to shoot in black and white because I wanted to avoid the green color of the grass present in some photos, concentrating mainly on the skater and his long shadow.
I’ll close this article with a tipster: when you are photographing large squares from above, it is interesting to shoot early in the morning or just before sunset, when the shadow effects are incredible!