70S SKATE SCENE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY HUGH HOLLAND
I didn’t even know where to begin when proposing this idea because I was completely shook at the pictures Hugh Holland took some forty odd years ago.
The collection perfectly captures the skate scene in Hollywood and showcases different groups of teens exploring the urban areas for a new spot to skate.
The sun fuelled youths can be seen skating the unique locations of empty swimming pools and drainage ditches. Due to the high intensity of heat in California, everything was dried up which was awesome for the skaters.
There was a time believe it or not before companies got involved and slapped their logos on skateboards to sponsor skaters. This collection shows the era of skateboarding in its high and mighty - no protective wear, no stickers; just a bunch of kids creating tricks and enjoying themselves.
What we take from this is the characters’ unique style; their sun kissed bodies in awkward shapes, their movement creating paths of their own. It’s rare to see people like this nowadays or maybe that’s the true beauty of Hollywood; everyone expresses themselves no matter how different or unusual it may seem at the time. You can always bet people will admire it at some later point in life.
The long hair is something I am fond of, kids at such a young age in the sweltering sun with their hair. This is something Hugh Holland can be remembered for, he done an excellent job. Not many photographers have captured the scene so beautifully as he has. He shot at the perfect time in the perfect place and when it started to become something it wasn’t; that’s when he decided to stop. That’s what makes this work so different, he believed that was the prime and that was his job to capture it just like that.
It’s hard to tell if it annoys me either because you simply don’t see this skate scene anymore or because they were in constant sun. The style of this era however is impeccable, tube socks, long wavy hair and care free looks. It’s safe to say Hugh Holland photographed the time as best as we can imagine it. Sadly I’d like to see this alternative look return, but maybe that’s what makes this so captivating, it’s in the past and we can only glorify the days.
Yeah I wish I was around in that time too.