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documenting the places and faces of london's skate scene

In his latest exhibition, photographer Ian Kenneth Bird's intimate portraits capture the personalities behind the capital's DIY skate spots.

Lula Ososki

Over the decades, skate culture has grown into something bigger than the act of skateboarding itself, overlapping with art, fashion, music, film and photography, all of which are subjects that have played a vital part in ever-changing scene. Photographer Ian Kenneth Bird has been documenting the skate community in London for the last two and a half years, capturing his observations of what brings these people together. Out of this, Bird has selected a series of personal works for Don't Know What I Want But I Want It Now, an exhibition including intimate portraits, DIY skate spots and homemade tattoos alongside everything that makes skate culture what it is today.

The exhibition runs from 7-10 July at Doomed Gallery, London, including the launch of a publication in the form of a handmade box containing 20 postcard prints, in a signed and numbered edition of 100.

Credits


Text Lula Ososki
Photography Ian Kenneth Bird