DIY (19/80 Editions, ISBN 978-2919159055, $65.50) can be described as a movement within skateboarding which operates outside civic and societal norms. Through the utilisation of skater-constructed spaces, which are ordinarily, an adaptation of existing, but often abandoned, terrain in both urban and rural settings, the modern skateboarder transcends the need to exist within a more conventional environment.
Utilising found materials, these unauthorised and often illegal temporary constructions have fascinated photographer Richard Gilligan, who has spent the past four years tracking down these ephemeral spaces throughout Europe and the US. His pictures show how skaters and DIY builders free themselves from the constraints of societal rules, creating their own domain in which to practice this peripheral pursuit.
Richard Gilligan holds an MFA in fine art photography from the University of Ulster, Belfast and a BA honours degree in documentary photography from the University of Wales, Newport. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide with recent exhibitions in Berlin, Malmo and Los Angeles. Gilligan has worked as a contributing photographer to a wide range of skate magazines such as SLAP, Sidewalk, Kingpin and Transworld Skateboarding. He was featured in the documentary film/book Format Perspective by Phil Evans released in 2011. Earlier this year he was invited to present his work at OFFSET creative festival alongside the likes of Shepard Fairey, Stefan Sagmeister and Evan Hecox. Gilligan has been documenting homemade skateparks worldwide from 2008 – 2012. ❚