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PNCA Photo major Elias Parise worked with video and photography for his Thesis project, which he defended in December 2013.
A Gift of Mud consists of eight environmental portraits of homemade skateboard constructions and their owners, each of which has been documented in photography and video. Nestled in the Pacific Northwest of United States lies one of the most abundant areas in the world for structures designed, constructed, and used by skateboarders within their own properties. My thesis is an exploratory effort to document and record the stories of the individuals who have built these structures and to relate them to the rest of skateboarding’ niche sub culture and how these peoples’ efforts provide for the progression and value within my community. I also wish to communicate the way in which the embedded DIY values within skateboarding define a unique type of gift culture that lives outside the boundaries of commercial culture and in doing so, returns the art and culture of skateboarding to its counter culture roots. My photographs are the direct documentation of the proud owners who have constructed these unique bowls and ramps. I hope for them to live on as a testament to the dedication of the betterment of skateboarding and to continue to inspire others to create within their community.