My goal is to give insight into the culture and what it means to grow up as a skateboarder. The title comes from the term “skate rat,” which skaters call each other and those who are committed to the skateboarding lifestyle. Skateboarding was a part of my coming-of-age experience, as was photography. Photographing skateboarding was a natural extension of exploration into my life. In this series, I used formal portraiture to show the personality of the skateboarder and the individuality expressed in skateboarding. I also focused on showing the skateboarder and their interaction within city-scapes and other environments. The interaction between the skater and the environment influences their choices and their own identity.
Carlos Jaramillo was born in McAllen, Texas 1988, and currently lives in New York City, where he recently received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the School of Visual Arts. His work has been featured in multiple publications including The New York Times Magazine and has had his work shown in multiple group and solo shows. Currently, his personal projects span the subjects of skateboarding, small town America, and commercialism in Latin America.