All photos and text: Matthew Smith

“The Venice skatepark is most ideal 10 minutes before the sun sinks below the Pacific in the middle of winter. The smell of low tide permeates the air. Tourists surround the railings watching the concrete acrobats take their last runs. The light skims the surface of the massive sculptures, bringing color and contrast to the otherwise grey, monotone surface.  

The following is a series taken over three winters at the Venice skatepark. I was fortunate enough to work on the boardwalk during this time and was able to schedule my lunch breaks around good light. The first 15 color images are 35mm and were shot on a Canonet QL17. They were taken during the first two winters of the project. The last 5 black and white images were shot on a Fuji 690 with Tri-x. The black and whites were taken later on in the project. My goal with the series is to offer a closer look at the park and skaters. A view I believe to not be readily apparent to those watching from the perimeter. I am a skateboarder first and this park means the world to me. To see more work check out my Instagram (@mattsmith_photo), my website (www.matthewgsmith.com) or head over to General Admission where a few of these are up on display.”