Pierre is a skater and photographer based in London.
Skateboarding and photography are similar in the sense that you can set your own rules, pace, and engagement.
What I mean by this, is that the idea of having structured success metrics for both photography and skateboarding is none existent, because personal success within these fields comes down to how each individual gauge’s the notion of accomplishment. No points, no wrongs, just creativity.
I’m a big fan of Fred Mortagne‘s photography. His work seems to really capture the overlooked forms surrounding skateboarding and the environment’s we naturally get drawn towards as skaters. I think it’s really great in the way that it represents how skaters contribute more society than a lot of people may think.
For me, when I head down for a skate, I don’t tend to bring up work or ask about other people’s professions. Skating’s time to get away from all of that – and I’m pretty sure this is the case for a lot of skaters out there.
Although, The No Comply Network manages to surface insight’s surrounding skateboarding without it being a contest of job titles. I think it’s really great that there is this space where people can look into what other skaters do. I’ve just completed a personal documentary photography series on the disappearance of the world’s largest fish market, in Tokyo.
My project’s called The Tsukiji Compromise, and it’s all to do with documenting the market before it get’s demolished to make way for a new highway to reduce congestion during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. – It’s a bit like the story of The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, where the Vogons want to destroy the Earth to make way for an “intergalactic highway construction project”. Just this project is fictional.