Ryan E. Young

Outside the Lines

Category

  1. Photo
  2. Skate

Written by Elena Garcia RYAN E. YOUNG (1 of 22)

Hi Ryan, could you tell us a little bit about Outside the Lines?

Outside the Lines is a documentary project that explores skateboard culture in the US. In 2011 I was invited by Joel Jutigar (owner of Metro Skateboarding) to embark on a 43-day road trip around the country with 8 other skaters. We met up with different crews in each state and skated everything from ditches in Arizona to ledges in Pennsylvania. It was an adventure. Some nights we’d sleep outside on a beach, other nights we’d be fortunate enough make new friends and stay with them.

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Where this series have been done?

These photos were taken in various locations across the US. We stayed in 15 states and passed through many more.

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If you could choose a photography teacher to give you lessons when you were starting, who would it be?

Bruce Davidson.

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The committee laid out to include skating as an Olympic sport in Tokyo games, what’s your opinion on it?

I think the Olympics needs skateboarding more than skateboarding needs the Olympics. There are solid skate scenes across the world and it seems like everybody wants a piece of it right now. I don’t really see a significant gain for skateboarding, skate shops, and it’s core companies to join the Olympics. But I do think it will benefit a handful of skaters and big brands that have attached themselves to skating.

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How important are faces in your work?

It really depends on what I’m photographing… When I’m shooting portraits, faces are important. A person’s identity adds to the context of an image, and the gaze/ expression will connote a mood.

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Could you connect by using three words yourself and your photos?

Honest organized clutter.

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There is loads of “smoke” in your pictures, what is you opinion about the legalization of marijuana in USA?

Yes there are. Legalize it.

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Is there any song that you can’t ever stop listening?

“This is The Day” by The The.

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Favorite shoes brand?

Vans, Emerica, and Lakai.

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Ryan E. Young ‘s website and Instagram

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