Wednesday, April 18, 2012

THE COOL KIDS


I came across these pictures by photographer Hugh Holland on the web-o-sphere, and images California came racing back through my mind. Growing up in California, and getting to go to the beach nearly every weekend and seeing the surf and skate culture up close and personal (even though I don’t do either) has always felt like such a luxury for me. Thanks to movies like Lords of Dogtown, we got to know the Z boys, the cool kids who invented the art of street skating as we know it today. These boys who lived for speed and got high off of adrenaline rush one gets from doing a rad trick on a board really intrigues me. Hugh Holland brings another visual aspect of these types of free-spirited, youthful, and mainly long-haired characters from Santa Monica (my old stomping ground) and Venice through his camera lens in the 1970′s. He shot with mostly old negative movie film, which gives his characters an old-timey, grainy quality that really mirrors the true grittiness and real dedication to the sport that these kids portrayed in the way they lived their lives. Completely natural and totally out of love. It really is so inspiring to see these kids in action. We really need to take some of their energy and lust for life and infuse it into how we take on our own lives. I want to be just like these cool kids. Hey maybe I'll learn how to skateboard this summer?

Check out more of Holland's work here.

23 comments:

Jenna Hughes said...

I've also lived in Santa Monica/LA/Venice area my whole life and I know exactly how you feel. My goal is to also learn how to skateboard this summer! I decided it was time. I tried to learn back in middle school but miserably failed

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FashionFlirt said...

Nice post! :)

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alannah. said...

love the old school underpinning of these photos, he is a very talented photographer & i love the way he shot!
i watched lords of dogtown the other day, & whilst i have never been to california - or even america! - i feel like that gave me a sense of what quintessential cali/venice beach is like & makes me want to travel there sooooo badly.

alannah. said...

love the old school underpinning of these photos, he is a very talented photographer & i love the way he shot!
i watched lords of dogtown the other day, & whilst i have never been to california - or even america! - i feel like that gave me a sense of what quintessential cali/venice beach is like & makes me want to travel there sooooo badly.

Polly said...

amazing pics!i always want to live in the same place!sea, sun and free!

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Domonique Wilson said...

I agree....life seemed a little simpler and more laid back! The lighting in these shots are just beautiful! Thanks for sharing darling :)

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Bohemian said...

Love these photos! Great vibe!
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garde said...

cool pics!!!
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Fabrizia said...

Amazing shoots!

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Rick said...

Lovely picutres!

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lifeisamaze said...

Those pictures are amazing ! Thanks for sharing :)

Marina said...

Great pictures!

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Katie said...

Love these pictures, thanks for sharing!
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Nathalie St-Pierre Roths said...

Love those kids' photos!


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Yuli Conversations said...

super cute! love your headband :)

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Yu Yu said...

Growing up, I always dreamed of being one of these kids! Awesome pictures!!!

Brittany Fowler said...

Thanks for sharing, these are great shots. SoCal misses you<3

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Fashiable said...

Love these kind of photos! Great post

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caitlin said...

oh my god! just freaking beautiful - so glad you turned me onto hugh holland. love the colors and chill vibe.

Artminou said...

Loved these photos inspires me to snap some when I head to Venice tmr :-)

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ellen. said...

such amazing photos- so lovely and inspiring. thanks for sharing these. Your cochella photos are awesome too! So jealou sof you and all those bloggin ladies weekend, let alone for the music but also all the rad outfits !!

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