I began the Kids of Hate and Love photo series way back in 2009 at a pivotal time in my life. After spending ten years of my life focusing on nothing but skateboarding, beginning my love affair with photography stirred a mix of emotions for me. Photography was new and exciting, but since the age of 12 I feared anything that would interfere with my ambitions as a skateboarder. For so much of my childhood, I simply knew that I was going to be involved in skating for my whole life and hoped that I could push myself hard enough to make it my profession. As a way to navigate these feelings, my first long term photo project was Kids of Hate and Love, an in-depth exploration into skateboarding culture and for me an examination of how the culture had shaped me as a person. After over five years of working on the project, I started to notice that a lot of my friends were starting to lose the intensity that drove them to push their own boundaries in skating. I realized that they were being pulled in other directions as I was when I got into photography, and were probably dealing with the same internal conflicts. Some had kids, or balanced other hobbies or studies along with skating. Many of them simply had to work more as they grew up and took on more adult responsibilities. The cost of living is high after all. What cost could be higher than the cost of a dream.
Kids of Hate and Love Chapter II takes a look at the current lives of some of the same long time friends that I have photographed over the years for Kids of Hate and Love. Most of them still skate regularly as well as living these parallel lives outside of skating.