"Skateboarding teaches you how to take a fall properly. If you try to kickflip down some stairs, it might take you thirty tries - but you just learn how to take a tumble without getting hurt."
- Bam Margera
If you don't know that it’s there, you may stumble upon the Skate Park on the Durban Beach Front as if it were a desert oasis. But of course, the breathtaking Indian Ocean is only a few meters away making the Skate Park a perfect addition to the beachfront's attractions. This was our location for Phase Two of #ProjectScouted, where our ladies arrived in their all-black attire ready to make an impact. Even on a Sunday morning, the Skate Park was abuzz with activity; making it a perfect #ProjectScouted venue. Nilufer Yucel, our stunning Turk and Phase Two photographer, aimed to capture the essence of the skateboarding lifestyle during her shoot. Along with her brother, Yashar Yucel, also a photography enthusiast, assisting her and shooting some photos himself which can be seen on his Facebook photography page – Golden Spider Photography – Nilufer aimed to encompass the daring and intense aspects of the action sports practiced at the Skate Park.
Being quite a demanding first Project shoot to be shot by one of the official photographers, the girls had to put their best foot forward as only 40 ladies will be going through to Phase Three. This may seem like an intimidating number but it is also a portrayal of the gravity of the Project. Along the way the girls will learn to be able to handle difficult shoots, sometimes harsh weather conditions like the blistering sun on Sunday morning, and the often ferocious nature of the industry. Yet despite the girls being so focused on their goals for the Project, it was obvious that everyone present had an awesome time. Even the parents who accompanied their daughters were captivated by the talent showcased at the Skate Park – that of their daughters and the skateboarders.
The amazing #ProjectScouted ladies did not miss a beat. With the expert guidance of professional model, Iman Sheik, who will be mentoring the girls throughout their Project journey, along with some of the dedicated and motivated scouts, made sure the girls channelled their edgy and fierce personas to the best of their ability. With the Skate Park as their set, the girls had the freedom to experiment with their posing making for some extremely interesting and unique shots. Our #ProjectScouted videographers, Tayla-Rae Coetzer and Stefan Rust, were also in their element capturing the energy of the shoot and the park – the video of which will soon be shared on the Lee Folkard Photography page – along with the photographers who shot the behind-the-scenes action, all of which will have their awesome work shared on the Facebook page.
Proving their devotion to and love of the Project, scout and graphic designer, Helen Borg, and participant, Jamie De Bruine, even attended the phase on their birthday! The Project could never be possible without the aid of many hands; assisting in ways big and small, or even just dropping by shoots, making the Project the spectacular experience that it is. This is what #ProjectScouted is all about; an experience invested in by inspired people who aim to inspire.
Phase Three is already approaching next weekend and we want to see you there. You don’t want to miss out on this. The #ProjectScouted ladies are just getting warmed up, learning the tricks of the trade that will keep them producing excellent work. And as Bam Margera would put it; even if they take a fall, they will only come back stronger and hungrier.
Images used by: Golden Spider Photography