Port Land is a testament to the power of self motivation that most skateboarders possess. Europe's biggest DIY park was built in the summer of 2012 by about 40 like minded skateboard addicts. Driven by the desire to define their own surroundings and rules, they spent 3 months, to hand shape 80m3 of concrete into a greyscale paradise. Eric Antoine sees it as a living space, a playground but also an assemblage of sculptures. He shot the architecture, the surroundings and the protagonists of Port Land on glass, using the wet collodion process. The striking contrast that results from this ancient photography technique and a modern activity is reinforced by the use of concrete frames. The essence of this singular work is the need to make things yourself and learning the hard way. The Port Land makers and Antoine are bound by their love for the autonomous work with an organic and a noble material: concrete and glass.
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