Lost in skate photography is where you capture more than one trick. The process is divided into two worlds: recording the physical result of consumption and capturing the sensation of the moment. Jae-Sakura, co-authored by Mike Sikora and released with the Milk Gallery, Colon Zodan has booked flights from New York to Tokyo cheaply, a vicious Far Eastern skateboarding skateboarding that takes place only once a year under the background of short-lived flowers. With so much nationalistic symbolism and pride, once they decorate the Kamikaze Teikoku fighter, the sakura blossomed by the Giordano, the skateboarder Takahiro Morita, a temporary background animation action.
“When I booked those plane tickets I had no idea what we were going to do together,” Giordano tells The Creators Project. “But I knew that because it was Takahiro Morita, in his hometown, whatever we got would be good. He picked me up at 6AM the first day — jet lag be damned — and we went to a spot immediately. A lot of these photos were shot in heavily trafficked areas of downtown Tokyo, so getting there so early was the only way to avoid crowds. Sometimes, even by 7AM or 8AM he would call if off because there were already too many people.”
On their photography and video missions (a short film was composed by Morita and filmer Shigeta Iha to accompany the photographs), Morita explains that the sakura or cherry blossoms are the “soul of Japan,” and he sought to capture their spirit through the world of skateboarders. Part of that ideology is using the event to unite skateboarders, separated by continents. Giordano met Morita in 2013, during the premier of Parisian skate brand Magenta’s Soleil Levant video in New York City. Then unfamiliar with his skating, Morita’s grace and creativity resonated with him, immediately drawing comparisons to Mark Gonzales’ artful, yet poised approach. After becoming friends, the duo worked on several photography projects, including a cover story in the November 2015 issue of Transworld Skateboarding Japan, which served as a retrospective of Morita’s career.
“There is a thoughtfulness to everything he does,” Giordano says. “When we would skate with other skaters, everyone would stop to watch him, not just to see what tricks he would do, but out of respect. I was even treated differently just for being with him.”
The limited edition print magazine describes a new discovery connected in the global skateboard culture, embodied in an immersive collaboration and exchange. Akio Morita’s Far Eastern skating network and many European and Asian brands of solidification are not only aware of California’s no longer the center of skateboarding, but have a curiosity and shared travel fever that spans the individual’s desire to explore. Assisted by digital and interactive, for life practice and art of skateboarding-specifically we see the emergence of a similar “British Invasion” rock n-roll in the 1960s, only more diversified.
Giordano said, “There is no doubt that there is creativity and talent in Japanese skating, and I think attracting people. There seems to be a happy and interesting aspect in skating.” The fast skating style seems to be derived from the Japanese scenes of the rest of my world, It tends to look like they skate more fun than others. “