Paying Homage to the Art of Female Skateboarding
Skateboarding and photography know no gender. Both are creative outlets open to interpretation and exploration. While skateboarding has a long history as largely a man's world, that reputation has drastically shifted over the past few years. You have the likes of Leticia Bufoni headlining X Games and the Lisa Whitakers documenting the progression.
That progression hasn't gone unnoticed. Which is why, for its closing weekend, Oakley In Residence: Los Angeles hosted "LA WOMAN" – a homage to the art of female skateboarding, featuring the stars and scenery of the city where it all began. Curated by photographer Amber B. DiAnda, the exhibition was a modern day love letter to the 'city of angels'. Featuring six photographers and one filmmaker, LA WOMAN highlighted the exploration of landscapes, liberty, and ladies of the skate scene; reminding us of the co-existence associated with creative expression and our cultural surroundings.
What follows is some of the featured work and artists who brought the pieces to fruition.
AMBER B. DIANDA
Australian-born Amber B Dianda now resides in Southern California. Amber wears a lot of hats, including animator, creative director, photographer, and most recently, the curator of the “LA WOMAN” exhibition. Amber is best known for her black and white portraits and comical stop motion animations. She has exhibited her work all over the world, most notably at the famous Parisian boutique, Colette.
Andrea Dosouto discovered her passion for photography by spending countless hours in the streets shooting the city life and her many friends skateboarding. These experiences sent Andrea off to travel the world in search of a life of spontaneity, capturing the world around her, and sharing the stories of the people she meets.
Largely self-taught, Deanna Templeton has taken her photography from homemade zines to museums worldwide, including shows at the Museum Het Domein in the Netherlands, the Australian Center for Photography, and New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles. She currently lives and works in Huntington Beach with her husband Ed Templeton.
Imogene Barron is a stylist, creative director, and photographer who lives and works in Los Angeles. She originally grew up in Avalon, a small beach town in Sydney, Australia, but has since taken her creative career around the world, including work with adidas Originals, Levi’s, and Nike. As a Fashion Director she has held ranks at Oyster, Yen, and Dazed & Confused Australia, as well as contributing to titles such as i-D, Monster Children, Black, and Dazed and Confused.
Magdalena Wosinska was born and raised in Katowice, Poland, but in the '90s was transplanted to Arizona. It was then that she began shooting skate photos at a mere 14 years old, and at 19, Magda packed up and headed to Los Angeles. Since then she’s published multiple books, including “Bite It You Scum” (2010), “This Grass Is Electric” (2012), and “The Experience, Vol. 1” (2015), that have spawned traveling solo shows throughout the US and Europe.
When not traveling, Magdalena and her dog, Captain Pickles, spend their time at their home in Highland Park, gardening, riding motorcycles, and taking in all that LA has to offer.
Originally raised in the swamps of North Florida, Molly Steele is an adventurer-turned-photographer who’s currently based out of Los Angeles.