Over the last few years, we’ve seen several videographers showcase 16mm film in their edits. While it’s common to see a couple of seconds of b-roll or a trick thrown in as an artsy break, very few attempt to capture an entire video on film. At $50 a minute, you’re at the mercy of high costs, old equipment, and the consistency of skaters.
James Thomson, an Australian videographer we met in New York (who’s now living in Thailand) was up for the challenge and wanted to capture the timelessness of modern skating on film. If you haven’t seen James’ previous episodes of Ground Glass, now could be a good time to watch.
Chima Ferguson’s no-frills style may seem like an odd choice to showcase in artsy 16mm, but it just goes to show you the versatility that comes with doing your tricks with style and power like he does. Settle in and get ready to watch some ultra-crispy skating caught on technology invented in 1923, and keep an eye out for more Ground Glass features to come in the future.
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16 long years later, the second coming of Baker Has a Deathwish has arrived...
REMINISCING THROUGH THE YEARS WITH STATIC ALUMNI
We talked to 12 skaters featured in the long-standing Static series about their memories and thoughts on the videos.
SKATEBOARDING AND SOCCER WITH NEW YORK CITY’S CHINATOWN SOCCER CLUB
Meet the club of skaters, artists and notable locals that have casually played soccer together for the last 20 years.
THE EVOLUTION OF… NYC’S PYRAMID LEDGES
We collected stories from the only ledge spot made out of tiny mini ledges.
THE STORY OF THE NAKED 540
"Hopefully it’s not remembered. But for anyone that got a laugh out of it that’s about as much as I could hope for."