Portraits by Nikki Toole
As you may well know, The Vulture is a lover of all things creative and sexy, and no one embodies that combination more than local photographer Nikki Toole. As part of the National Portrait Gallery and Geelong Gallery touring exhibition, ‘Portraits’ is an exhibition looking at the underside of skater culture.
“…there is still a place for the individual or the loner to express him or herself.”
This striking exhibition features 19 black and white photographic portraits that examine identity within skater culture. Photographer Nikki Toole asks whether there is a ‘global look’ or if there is still a place for the individual or the loner to express him or herself. She is driven by the desire to understand and commune with her subjects while exploring the forces of identity that define the lone skateboarder.
Rather than depict the skaters in action shots, Nikki Toole has chosen to focus her lens on a different angle. As a result these black and white portraits evoke stillness and depth as each subject holds their skateboard, and their gaze, as they stare intently into the camera towards the viewer.
Displayed at the Geelong Gallery from now until Sunday the 9th of September, The Vulture highly suggests you check this unique exhibition out.