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The magazine of the photo-essay
March 2017 issue
by Jonathan Mehring
“A free, really high quality photo-essay magazine.  Fabulous!” Stephen Fry. British actor, writer and film & documentary maker
Skate the World
Skate the World was a project begun by accident. I started off as strictly an action photographer. I wanted to capture brightly lit tricks at the apex of motion. That still can be fun, but after several years of shooting this way I became a little restless. I needed more and I realized it was happening right in front of me. The culture of skateboarding is rich and complex and I’m not the only one to spend much of my photographic career documenting it. But there was a point when I realized the width and breadth of its scope that was astounding. It is truly a global language that transcends barriers of class, culture, and gender. This is when I began talks with National Geographic about the possibility of a book. As luck would have it I was connected with an editor who had a sympathetic ear and before long the project had legs. It took a few more years of ups and downs and more travel to finally conclude the whole piece, but I could never have asked for more. The experience was both empowering and humbling and it has given me a great sense of purpose in my work. 
AARON “JAWS” HOMOKI ~ UTAH, U.S.A. Trick: Kickflip
MATT BERGER  ~ ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA Trick: 5-0 grind
DANNY WAY ~ AGUANGA, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A. Trick: World-record-setting 23-foot method air
ALEX OLSON ~ NEW YORK CITY, U.S.A. Trick: Wallride
JOSH KALIS PUSHES ACROSS THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE ~ SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A.
MARIUS SYVANEN ~ MADRID, SPAIN Trick: Backside kickflip
GUY MARIANO ~ GRAN CANARIA, CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN Trick: Switch crooked grind
KENNY ANDERSON ~ ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND Trick: Backside tailslide
JOSEPH BIAIS ~ MERZOUGA, MOROCCO Trick: 5050 grind
DAVE BACHINSKY ~ ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN Trick: Frontside kickflip
WIEGER VAN WAGENINGEN ~ ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN Trick: Frontside heelflip
MICHAEL MACKRODT ~ DONG HOI, VIETNAM Trick: Frontside blunt
PHILLIP MARSHALL ~ ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA Trick: Backside noseblunt
JACK SABBACK ~ ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA Trick: Backside lipside
CHRISTIAN LOW ~ ORDOS, CHINA Trick: Wallride
DYLAN RIEDER ~ LA PAZ, BOLIVIA Trick: Backside kickflip
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