A THOUSAND WORDS | THE FITZY BOWL

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By Adam Kemp

 

The Northsider is proud to present the photo-essay ‘Fitzy Bowl’ by Adam Kemp. Adam is one of our newspapers regular photographic contributors, formerly an intern from the Photography Studies College and now an active volunteer on his own right.

 

Focusing on the world of skating and the people for whom this is a way of life, Adam captures the action as well as the personalities aroundThe Fitzy Bowl, showing his own passion for this activity in each of his images.

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Jhy Lay in the Fitzroy Skatepark bowl located in North Fitzroy's Edinburgh. Jhy is ten years old. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2015

Jhy Lay in the Fitzroy Skatepark bowl located in North Fitzroy’s Edinburgh. Jhy is ten years old. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2015

Dave effortlessly floats over the hump between the two bowls. Some skaters exude so much style it is a pleasure to watch their whole run, even when they aren't attempting a trick. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2015.

Dave effortlessly floats over the hump between the two bowls. Some skaters exude so much style it is a pleasure to watch their whole run, even when they aren’t attempting a trick. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2015.

Skaters wait to drop in at the edge of the smaller bowl. Generally, only one skater uses the bowl at a time, usually whoever drops in first after the previous skater has concluded their run. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2015.

Skaters wait to drop in at the edge of the smaller bowl. Generally, only one skater uses the bowl at a time, usually whoever drops in first after the previous skater has concluded their run. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2015.

The bowl is sometimes used by those who don't even skate. A father helps his son navigate the slopes of the bowl because even though the little one was enjoying running around, he couldn't get out on his own. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2015.

The bowl is sometimes used by those who don’t even skate. A father helps his son navigate the slopes of the bowl because even though the little one was enjoying running around, he couldn’t get out on his own. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2015.

Payden Hancock executes a front side turn in the deep end of the bowl. Whilst not a trick itself, this can be used to gather momentum for future tricks of the run. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, 2015

Payden Hancock executes a front side turn in the deep end of the bowl. Whilst not a trick itself, this can be used to gather momentum for future tricks of the run. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, 2015

Payden Hancock launches himself out of the bowl. Payden has been skating for 18 years. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2015.

Payden Hancock launches himself out of the bowl. Payden has been skating for 18 years. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2015.

Gabe leaps over the spine, whisking his hair along with him. There aren't many skateparks in Melbourne which have a spine, a drawcard for the Fitzroy Bowl. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia. 2015.

Gabe leaps over the spine, whisking his hair along with him. There aren’t many skateparks in Melbourne which have a spine, a drawcard for the Fitzroy Bowl. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia. 2015.

Skaters watch on as their peers 'shred the bowl' offering support and commendation to those who perform particularly difficult or stylish tricks. Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2015

Skaters watch on as their peers ‘shred the bowl’ offering support and commendation to those who perform particularly difficult or stylish tricks. Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2015

A flat bench runs along one side of the skatepark so that skaters and sit and take a break. The occupants of this bench usually generate banter, laughter and smoke. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2015

A flat bench runs along one side of the skatepark so that skaters and sit and take a break. The occupants of this bench usually generate banter, laughter and smoke. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2015

Connor and Liam fill a grocery bag with ice to keep their beers cold by the side of the bowl. Drinking is legal in Edinbourgh Gardens where Fitzroy Bowl is located, a liberty regularly enjoyed by local skaters. North Fitzroy, Melbourne,  Australia, 2015.

Connor and Liam fill a grocery bag with ice to keep their beers cold by the side of the bowl. Drinking is legal in Edinbourgh Gardens where Fitzroy Bowl is located, a liberty regularly enjoyed by local skaters. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, 2015.

Aladdin grabs the heelside of his board with his front hand, a trick known as a Method. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, 2015.

Aladdin grabs the heelside of his board with his front hand, a trick known as a Method. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, 2015.

Aladdin rolls a joint of Sour Diesel and Mango Kush after the sun has dissapeared and skating has come to an end due to the darkness. Whilst drinking is permitted in the park, the smoking of marijuana is not...anywhere. However, no one seems to mind. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, 2015.

Aladdin rolls a joint of Sour Diesel and Mango Kush after the sun has dissapeared and skating has come to an end due to the darkness. Whilst drinking is permitted in the park, the smoking of marijuana is not…anywhere. However, no one seems to mind. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, 2015.

Beth and her dog Nukes, or Lady Nuclear if you'd like to address her by her full name, walk around the bowl as Beth prepares to drop in. Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia.

Beth and her dog Nukes, or Lady Nuclear if you’d like to address her by her full name, walk around the bowl as Beth prepares to drop in. Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia.

Nukes chases Beth around the bowl as she skates, meeting her at the coping every time she rises to it. Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2015.

Nukes chases Beth around the bowl as she skates, meeting her at the coping every time she rises to it. Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 2015.

Jhy Lay sometimes neglects to use his feet to ride his board around the bowl, and instead opts to use his bum. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, 2015.

Jhy Lay sometimes neglects to use his feet to ride his board around the bowl, and instead opts to use his bum. North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, 2015.

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