The 200 page photobook takes you on a visual journey to the heart of asia. In July 2004 a group of 17 dedicated skateboarders go on a one month adventure to Ulaanbataar, the capitol of Mongolia. The goal, a giant skateboardpark in the middle of nowhere. After 8 months of planning and just three weeks before departure the big shock, the park gets torn down except for one quarterpipe. Nevertheless the group heads out far east to find out about Mongolian Skateboard culture, here is where the adventure begins…
EXTRACT FROM THE DIARY BY SCOTT H. BOURNE
In the evening I stand out on the balcony and watch the nuclear sunset overtake the city. Small nomadic homes lay in the dust beside giant modern buildings. It looks like a burnt down Brooklyn 2004. A man on horseback with his child comes down a street as a car honks its horn and speeds by pulling a storm of dust behind it. The man with his child seems unaffected. In the distance I can see cranes and smoke stacks emptying themselves into the air. The sky forming a radioactive rainbow of oranges and purples, in the same skyline a Farris wheel turns slowly on the horizon. Old meets new in a clash that goes seemingly unnoticed by the Mongolian people. To walk the streets of this city a man can easily find himself embarrassed to be alive, to be human, and at the same time all a man needs to do is take a short car ride into the countryside, to once again feel privileged to be alive, to be human, and take the air into ones lungs. If there is black and white or night and day, it is, easily visible from this height – here high in the mountainous regions of Mongolia. (Scott H. Bourne)
Mongolian Tyres is the associated film by director Henrik Edelbo, a full length documentary shot on 16 & 8mm such as DV.
Check out the trailer here:
DIRT OLLIES – A SKATEBOARD TRIP TO MONGOLIA
© Work in Progress GmbH 2007
Released through Verlag für Bildschöne Bücher, Berlin
Photobook with Documentary Film on DVD
Color and b/w photography, hardcover
English, German, French, Spanish
Scott Hobbs Bourne (USA/ France)
Stefan Narancic (Sweden)
MONGOLIAN TYRES Documentary film by Henrik Edelbo
Featured Skateboarders: Carhartt teamriders Pontus Alv (Sweden), Scott Bourne (USA), Quentin de Briey (Spain), Tom Derichs (Germany), Julian Dykmans (Belgium), Geoffrey van Hove (Belgium), Vincent Gootzen (The Netherlands), Hugo Liard (France), Chris Pfanner (Austria), Mukunda Rüstig (Austria) and as a special guest Kenny Reed (USA)..