Sometimes we forget how lucky we are. We surfers think that struggling in and out of 5mm wetsuits, hoods and boots is ‘Hardship’. Or if someone asks us to go skate somewhere else this is an ‘Injustice’. But lets be honest they aren’t. Not on any scale. They barely even register on the ironic hashtagfirstworldproblems.
London-based photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson is exhibiting a wonderful series on the Skater Girls of Kabul at the Saatchi Gallery from 15-28 April. These girls have problems we can barely comprehend yet all they wanna do is skate and go to school; two things that are normally mortal enemies. Fulford-Dobson visited the Skateistan NGO set up by Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich after he arrived in the country in 2007.
The award winning Skateistan encourages the city’s youth, and in particular girls, to engage in the sport as well as education. As a result skateboarding has become the number one sport for women in Afghanistan (Now there’s a pub quiz question no one will ever get). Shot at the skate ramp, in natural light, the cheekiness and steely determination of these girls shines through. They are endearing and inspiring in equal measures.
If you’d like to know a little more about these cool little cats or donate please have a look at Skateistan here.