If only all mornings began with concrete, thick shadows and the sound of skate wheels in the dust.
Film-maker Jack Bridgland spent a monochrome AM exploring the art of skating with old school friend, Jack Corpes:
Jack is a full-time photographer and director based in London.
In this exclusive film for Spindle, Jack takes to a sunlit skate park with old classmate Jack Corpes to spend a morning in monochrome making shapes out of shadows.
‘Jack Corpes was someone I went to school with,’ Bridgland tells us. ‘We didn’t really get on well at school, but I had always known he was an insane skater. As I got more into video over the past year or so, I decided to get in touch with him as I knew he’d be an interesting subject to make a video about and I think he has a really cool look about him.’
Set to 1972 Stealers Wheel hit ‘Stuck in the Middle With You’, the video begins with a piercing close-up of Corpes’s freckled face in a razor-sharp style recognisable to those who are familiar with Bridgland’s editorial work. The video then treats us to a series of atmospheric slow-mo shots of Corpes soaring through bright sunlight on a skateboard in a mesmerising sequence evocative of langorous summer mornings.
‘I aimed to make a video that was timeless and stylistic,’ Bridgland says. ‘I was very specific on his hair style and general styling. I didn’t want him to look too ‘modern’ or heavily branded.’
To fit the “old-school” aesthetic, I wanted to choose an old-school song. “Stuck in the middle with you” instantly sprung to mind. I layered it onto a few of the clips and instantly loved how it flowed.’
Connect with Jack Bridgland: