Skate Life

Essay 219 • Nov 10th 2017

Earlier in 2017 I rediscovered my love of roller skating, the muscle memory still there from learning to skate in my family's basement, and a whole summer of playing street hockey in seventh grade. I had been looking for a new project to shoot, and when I found out about the yearly Icy Hot Skate Jam (with participants coming from all over the Midwest and Atlantic coast) I went and took my camera. It was the perfect moment for my interest in current roller skating culture and photography to meet. 


Nathan C. Ward is a photographer from Columbus, OH who is inspired by his friends and other photographers from the Midwest. Nathan loves the band Beach House, goes sailing whenever possible, and is shopping for a great pair of roller skates to really commit to.

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