These promotional photographs, taken by Jake Eshelman of Side Project Skateboards, show the labor of love that went into creating this book, MANUAL. Jake’s concept for the book was to send one skateboard around the U.S. to various photographers, encouraging them to shoot and do whatever they wanted to the board, photographing their concept, and then mailing the board onto the next photographer. I’m honored to be included in this group of photographers. You can see a portion of what I shot for the book with my friend Mike Harboldt above - look for the motorcycle, American flag, and Mike on the preceding page.
Jake’s words about the project:
The culmination of a year-long, collaborative photography project, MANUAL is a 160-page, hardcover book featuring the work of 12 photographers who were commissioned to create small bodies of work surrounding their individual experiences with a single skateboard that traveled between them over the course of a year—all without the creative constraints typically associated with a creative brief.
This project features work by Lauren Marek, Sera Lindsey, Paige French, Melissa Laree Cunningham, Adam Taylor, Adrian O. Walker, Henry O. Head, Christian Gideon, Joshua Anderson, Weston James Palmer, Yana Yatsuk, & Kirk Chambers. Concept & creative direction by Jake Eshelman, with design direction by Daniel Pagan.
The year it took to make this book a reality has gone by so quickly, and I’m grateful that I was asked to contribute. I’m so incredibly proud of this project, and every other photographer’s take on the concept is brilliant. And also, so many thanks to Jake who reached out to me to be part of the book, and for Mike who agreed to help me with my part.