THIS PROJECT WAS A CHANCE TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS AND GIVE SOMETHING BACK TO the one thing THAT HAD GIVEN ME SO MUCH FREEDOM & SELF CONFIDENCE THROUGHOUT MY LIFE - SKATEBOARDING!
Concrete Girls pays tribute to a female subculture raised on skateboarding.
Thanks to the talented and influential females in todays skateboarding culture, I am delighted to have created a small part of skateboarding history through my first published booK Concrete Girls.
This project started in 2013, I travelled all over the UK meeting with the most influential riders in todays British scene. There were plenty of long car journeys, new spot finds, sofa surfing and hard work from these incredible women.
Concrete Girls is a photography documentation capturing the talents and the individual styles of these strong women in all THEIR beauty.
The one thing skateboarding has taught me is to be yourself, push hard, commit, express yourself, build friendships and see the world.
I hope this book will take pride on peoples shelves and will encourage a new generation of women to start skateboarding.
All photography is by Charlotte Thomas, I have been a skateboarder since the age of 16 and now spend my time as a photographer.
BOOK IS AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING LIBRARIES
National Library of Scotland
National Library of Wales
Trinity College of Dublin
2019 - London - AKIN COLLECTIVE X ADIDAS - PRESENTATION TALK - IDENTITY
2019 - The London Institute of Photography - Lecture / Talk on the Concrete Girls book and photography profile
2019 - Curzon Cinema - Q&A with Clevedon Skatepark Charity
2018 - Doomed Gallery London - Third Photography Exhibition & Book Launch for Concrete Girls - As a part of the We Can Fly 2 - Video Launch & Art Exhibition.
2018 - Lovers Studio London - Second Solo Photography Exhibition & Book Launch for Concrete Girls
2018 - Unit 5 Gallery London - First Solo Photography Exhibition & Book Launch for Concrete Girls - sponsored by Vans & Corona.
2018 - House of Vans London - National Woman's Day - Skate Camp - Teaching Photography and a QA on the Sofa
2016 - House of Vans London - STREET PORTRAITS: A collaborative exhibition from NYC | LONDON | BERLIN
2016 - Belfast Photo Festival - Youth Edition
2016 - Parlour - Fellowship: An Exhibition of European Female Skate Photographers