sKATE

sKATE
Repurposed vintage skateboard. Spray paint on plywood.

In 1994, on a shoot for Harper’s Bazaar magazine, German photographer Peter Lindbergh created what was to become an iconic image of the twenty-year-old British fashion model Kate Moss. The style was raw and atypical of the ubiquitous, over-sexualised gloss of the fashion industry at that time. Lindbergh was inspired by the work of American photographer and photojournalist Walker Evans (1903 - 1975), specifically his celebrated chronicle of America’s mid-1930s Great Depression.

In a later interview with Nick Knight for Show Studio, Moss said of the shoot 
“When I was doing it I remember thinking ‘this is a classic Lindbergh picture’.”


In representing this immortal image, sKATE appropriates the same rawness, mirroring the wooden, weather-beaten vertical shutter-board background used in the original Lindbergh photograph through the skate deck’s time worn surface.






All artwork and images © James Straffon 2018.
 

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