Frame to Frame
In the 19th century Eadweard Muybridge’s scientific approach to photography made the study of movement observable in a frame-to-frame photograph. His investigation of movement changed how the world understood the body in motion and became a pre-curser to moving pictures (cinema). Muybridge’s aesthetic allowed my generation the experience of moving pics on paper.
More importantly, the sequential photograph of the 80′s made magazines much more realistic and captivating for me as a kid.
I can remember skate magz, like Thrasher, would put out a feature spot w/ a professional skateboarder doing a Step By Step trick. This was hard gotten information in a society before Google and YouTube, and the step by step, wasn’t only used in skateboard magazines.
For a moment, my brother was a Ninji-tsu student in the alleyway adjacent to our apartment complex. There, he studied his monthly tutorials put out in Black Belt and Karate (KaratAY!) magazines.
As a chubby kid any hand-plant or hand-stand trick sucked for me. I benefitted from what were known as “lip tricks”: ollies, kick flips , nose picks, boneless plants, 50/50 grinds, slides… you know… tricks that had little to do with gravity.
“The Crail Snatcher” was one of those gravity street tricks, I was horrible at. In 1986, pro-skater, Eric Dressen, came out in a June Thrasher Magazine, teaching the world of street skating how to do a Crail Snatch.
it was a wall ride that required the skater to #1. Ollie into/up the wall. #2. Once on the wall, use it as leverage to pull the board toward your torso w/ feet. #3. In the moment before gravity pulled you back down, take your off-hand and pull the board away from the wall. Then #4. Land with feet on the board. Easy in the hands of a pro skater.
I could never pull it off. But I knew some one who could, and I recall the moment he did it.
For days Richard practiced. Over and over.. falling… bailing…Crashing! Until he finally stuck it. And when he did, he could virtually do it on anything and everything……..walls, park benches, the sides of taco trucks. Richard was performing this trick flawlessly and with technique and height to back it up. He did it as good as I’d ever seen anyone do it including the skater in the magazine that taught it to him.
Text and original block-print Images © by Sergio Teran