We haven't had an In Frame section in a while – a good reason to kick off once again!
This time it is talented and adventurous German photog, Friedjof Feye who dug through his archives. What he came back with are these dark room prints from 2009-2014. The developer liquid was applied onto the paper via toothbrush for some very interesting and unique results.
Photos: Friedjof Feye | Words: Friedjof Feye
1. Daniel Lebron, backside tailslide, Macba, 2009
In Fall 2009 I took my car across southwest Europe to flee the cold in Germany. Of course I couldn't do without a stop-over in Barcelona. Macba looked slightly different then but was more or less the same skateboard Mecca it is today. I'd known Dani Lébron from photos in Kingpin from the early 2000's and his part in “Alaikit" had just made the rounds. Even then Dani, along with Flo Marfaing and Luy Pa Sin, belonged to a group of OG locals at the spot, still do. Funny thing was, even then I thought that these guys have been around pushing it for crazy long. Fast forward seven years and I'm sure they still do.
2. Erik J Pettersson, backside 180 switch crooks, BCN, 2010
When I shot this picture of Erik J Pettersson him and most of the rest of the Sweet skateboards squad (now Sour) was living in Spain, killing it out skating at daytime and in bars and clubs at nighttime. Some even might have laid more emphasis on nightly endeavours, but it's safe to say everyone was having the times of their lives. I still remember how a happy couple of inline lovers was dancing around in the background of my shot, but I was too shy to ask Erik to hold it for a second so they would move. I'd thought the photo hadn't come out – until I discovered the negative years later while moving into a different apartment. I think it really didn't come out so bad…
3. Daniel Pannemann, backside smith, Göttingen, 2012
Back then Daniel and I would go out skating together almost every day, one reason being collecting pictures for his “effect" in Kingpin issue 116. This backside smith didn't make the selection back then… I think we had been looking for spots everywhere around the city that day, but then found this bump to windowsill just before leaving town by the slip road to the autobahn. Looking at this pic I get all melancholic, I'm missing those happy-go-lucky days. These days Daniel and I only get to skate together on a few random days a year – quite a pity I find!
4. Lennie Burmeister, wallride mute grab, Herzberg, 2014
Lennie had been talking about this perfect spot he'd randomly found in the middle of nowhere. However, it was far off the beaten track, and so we forgot about it. Then, years later we randomly passed by that city again on the way to a different spot – and remembered. My expectations were pretty slim to be honest, because of the way these random “dream spots" you'd seen years ago often turn out in reality. But this particular one definitely proved me wrong and lived up to the expectations. I really love venturing into far-off corners and into small cities, for one because usually no one give's a shit and the spots are unknown – leaving everyone in just about the right amount of suspense. Also this little anecdote once again proves that you can trust skate rats like Lennie blindly – Lennie knows his spots! Decades of experience, mate!