Photographer Richard Gilligans’ fascination with the idea of skaters creating areas suitable for their purpose has driven him to spending four years travelling to a variety of locations to snap these skater-constructed spaces.
His new book DIY showcases his stunning imagery of the locations both rural and urban previously abandoned, transformed into mini parks. The book demonstrates the need and drive of skaters to have a place to enjoy their passion even if there isn’t one necessarily available to them.
Using materials found and sourced by themselves, the often illegal constructions amazed Gilligan. Travelling through both Europe and the US, Richard has captured the essence of these unauthorised areas beautifully. Of the book it is said - “Richards pictures show how skaters and DIY builders free themselves from the constraints of societal rules, creating their own domain in which to practice this peripheral pursuit”