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Skater
Portraits by Nikki Toole

Since July 2009 Nikki Toole has been making photographic portraits of skateboarders around the world. Her subjects are photographed in the spaces they inhabit, captured in still frontal pose against the textured backdrop of the urban environment or in landscapes at the edge of cities.

Toole’s portrait project is driven by the desire to understand and commune with her subjects. She is interested in the forces of identity that define the lone skateboarder. ‘Many skaters speak of a solitary mind space while skating; of entering into another state of consciousness’ Toole says. ‘To make these portraits I asked the skaters to place themselves within this meditative space.’

Carlo Iannotta, The Spot Skatepark, Ostia, Rome, Italy 2010

Carlo Iannotta, The Spot Skatepark, Ostia, Rome
Italy 2010

Filippo Mazzaeeara, The Spot Skatepark, Ostia, Rome, Italy 2010

Filippo Mazzaeeara, The Spot Skatepark, Ostia, Rome
Italy 2010

Justin Pendleton, Venice Beach, California USA 2009

Justin Pendleton, Venice Beach, California
USA 2009

Caroline Dynybil, Skatehalle, Berlin, Germany 2010

Caroline Dynybil, Skatehalle, Berlin
Germany 2010

Gienna Giese, Skatehalle, Berlin, Germany 2010

Gienna Giese, Skatehalle, Berlin
Germany 2010

Lester Kasai, Anaheim, California USA 2009

Lester Kasai, Anaheim, California
USA 2009

Michal Suchopar, Mystic Skatepark, Prague, Czech Republic 2010

Michal Suchopar, Mystic Skatepark, Prague
Czech Republic 2010

Honza Pohoda Bašný, Mystic Skatepark, Prague, Czech Republic 2010

Honza Pohoda Bašný, Mystic Skatepark, Prague
Czech Republic 2010

Ashley Espinoza, Orange, California USA 2009

Ashley Espinoza, Orange, California
USA 2009

Bryce Campbell, Brick Lane, London, England 2010

Bryce Campbell, Brick Lane, London
England 2010

Iida-Maija Ojanen, Brick Lane, London, England 2010

Iida-Maija Ojanen, Brick Lane, London
England 2010

Sean Connolly, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2010

Sean Connolly, Fitzroy, Melbourne
Australia 2010

Esther Godoy, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2010

Esther Godoy, Fitzroy, Melbourne
Australia 2010

Travis Giles, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2010

Travis Giles, Fitzroy, Melbourne
Australia 2010

Tessa Toumbourou, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2010

Tessa Toumbourou, Fitzroy, Melbourne
Australia 2010

Gabbi Rynia, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne, Australia 2010

Gabbi Rynia, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne
Australia 2010

Akinari Soga, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2010

Akinari Soga, Fitzroy, Melbourne
Australia 2010

Brock Sims, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2009

Brock Sims, Fitzroy, Melbourne
Australia 2009

Daniel Whitechurch and Laura McKellar, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2009

Daniel Whitechurch and Laura McKellar, Fitzroy
Melbourne, Australia 2009

Nikki Toole was born in Scotland in 1965 and now lives in Melbourne. She has studied art and design in London and Edinburgh, and has exhibited in Australia, Britain, USA and Germany.

The Skater portraits were photographed using a digital camera and produced for the exhibition at 63 x 48cm using an advanced technology inkjet printer.

This exhibition is a partnership between the National Portrait Gallery and Geelong Gallery.

Skater: Portraits by Nikki Toole is on display at the National Portrait Gallery from
16 February - 2 May 2012
and at Geelong Gallery from
30 June - 9 September 2012.

www.nikkitoole.com