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LES book outtakes

A couple weeks ago I announced the release of my first self-published book, LES. 

LES is a documentary and portrait project I shot in August while I was living in New York for the Summer. The project was shot within the four fences that enclose LES Skatepark in Chinatown. Before I even moved to New York I knew I wanted to shoot some sort of photo project in LES. I've been skating for 10 years, and have dreamed of skating in NYC since, and as LES is pretty much at the core of the scene over there it made sense to shoot something based around the park. I spent the majority of August focused on shooting this project, 4-5 days a week I'd head to LES to skate for a few hours and shoot some photos. I actually didn't bring my camera to the skatepark at all during the first month that I skated there, as I wanted to get a feel for the park and be somewhat recognised by the locals as a skater rather than just a photographer trying to get some skate photos. There are actually very few 'typical' skate photos in the book, the majority are documentary shots of the daily happenings in the skatepark and some portraits of locals, I was hyped to get to shoot a portrait of NYC skate legend Steve Rodriguez and his son Shiki (who also rips) and include them in the book, as Steve was one of the main reasons the skatepark got built.

The photos I included are outtakes that didn't make it to the book, but are shots that I still love. Pick up a copy of the book here!

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Legendary footballers staring into my camera

Over the Summer I got access to some really cool events thanks to Daniel Dennehy, a super talented freestyle footballer I bumped into in NYC (he also grew up in the town next to me in Dublin). Daniel was hosting a football event for Adidas with Juventus FC, and performing at an FC Barcelona world-record attempt event. He invited me along to shoot some photos of him at these events and got me a photo pass for them in the process.

The first event was the Adidas Tango League tournament in Brooklyn Navy Yards. Juventus were in New York for a friendly with FC Barcelona, and were due to stop by the tournament to present the winning team with their trophy. The pass that I was given, gave me full access to the event and team, and with no client or shotlist to please, I was free to shoot what ever I wanted. I set myself the goal of shooting a portrait of Gianluigi Buffon, the legendary Italian and Juventus goalkeeper, and just as Juventus were leaving the event and heading back to their bus, I managed to grab Buffon's attention for a few seconds to snap 3 frames.

Mattia De Sciglio

Mattia De Sciglio

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Szczęsny

Szczęsny

Buffon

Buffon

Pjanic

Pjanic

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Pjanic

Pjanic

Massimiliano Allegri, Juve manager

Massimiliano Allegri, Juve manager

The second event was a world record attempt for FC Barcelona fans to create the 'largest human jersey'. Daniel was doing a freestyle show at the event, which took place in Bryant Park and over 4000 fans took part. Among the crowd was Arsenal and Barcelona legend, Thierry Henry. I really wanted to shoot a portrait of Henry but the amount of people at the event and the short amount of time he was there for made that impossible. The closest I managed to get was a few feet away from Thierry amongst a pool of photographers, however he seemed to find some solitude in my lens as he stared into it for a couple of frames.

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The man himself who made these shots possible. Thanks again for inviting me along!!

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NYC Street Skate with Nick & Cody

Skating down Canal Street weaving through rush-hour traffic with two skaters I met in the skatepark just a couple hours before. Trying to keep up with them while holding a Canon 5D to my eye and shooting photos. Building a ramp out of a piece of wood and a parking meter in Soho, and skating it between the traffic and pedestrians. A spontaneous afternoon resulting in some of my favourite photos of the Summer.

 

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