Bertie Oakes photographs the faces, styles and attitudes of Cornwall’s young skaters
Words by Bertie Oakes
These images are the first sub-series of an ongoing larger project on youth culture within Cornwall. It focuses on the county’s skate community concentrated mainly within Truro’s Plaza skate park. Cornwall has always been famous for its surf scene and other board sports such as skateboarding are hugely popular amongst the county’s youth.
This is particularly the case seeing as Cornwall is the poorest, and one of the most isolated and rural counties in the UK, with a noticeable lack of investment in facilities for young people.
Skate parks provides youth with a space to socialise and express themselves, while giving them an identity which they wish to maintain by following the latest styles and skate trends coming from larger English cities as well as overseas.
These portraits document the faces, styles and attitudes of young Cornish skaters.
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