This Friday (April 20th) Color contributor Josh Hotz will be celebrating his graduation from the School of the Photographic Arts in Ottawa with an exhibition titled SPAO Exhibition #7. Here, Josh will be showing off a 98-page, 14-inch, square hardcover book that covers 3 years of his skateboard photography. Also on display will be two 29-inch prints and one 7-inch.
Catch the show this Friday at The Red Wall Gallery (168 Dalhousie, at the corner of Bruyère, in the Byward Market.)
RSVP on Facebook and follow the SPAO on Twitter @spao_613.
Read Josh's "Artist's Statement" and see a small selection of the great photos below:
Mike Fyfe - Backside 180 nosegrind [ o ] Hotz
I have a way of visualizing every aesthetic aspect of the photograph as soon as I know what trick is being done at what spot. Being the photographer, my primary focus is to communicate what I imagine to be the best way of representing the skater's trick and spot choice in a single frame, . It's something about that split-second in time where everything is frozen, when you get to take it all in without anything moving. The skater's style, seeing how he balanced that grind, or caught that flip, the overall location where the trick went down, is what makes a still photo so much more enticing for me. It's the level of precision and style that you can see in a photograph. That thousandth of a second where everything lines up and you get "the" image. It is this moment, frozen in time, that I love about shooting skateboarding.
Mitch & Matt [ o ] Hotz
Marcus Denis [ o ] Hotz
"Being in a place where skateboarding is prohibited pushes against social norms, expectations, and rules. I enjoy skateboarding, and photographing it, because of the moment of freedom it creates for the photographer and subject. It doesn't matter if the parking meter is running out, or you don't have rent money, or the security guard says he's calling the cops, everybody involved is focused on doing their thing in that moment."
See more of Josh's photos online at www.joshhotz.com