To the naked eye, the potholes and busted sidewalks of the Crescent City don’t seem like a skateboarder’s paradise. But to those who push its streets, these obstacles and hazards open up avenues that no suburban skate park dares to contain. 18-year-old Sci Academy senior Brad McCormick’s photo essay Nightdares puts the pavement in perspective. “I do photography to express my feelings. Photography helps me capture moments that other people don’t see,” he says. Take a ride with Brad and a group of young skaters down the road less traveled.
Ollie up stairs, Skater: Chuck, Listening to "Hey You" by Tyler the Creator (Photo: Brad McCormick)
Ollie North over handrail and six-stair, Skater: Justin, Listening to "Hell of a Night" by Schoolboy Q (Photo: Brad McCormick)
Backside Wall Ride, Skater: Nick, Listening to "Stole Something" by Mobb Deep
Ollie over fire hydrant, Skater: Chris, Listening to "I'm Me" by Lil Wayne (Photo: Brad McCormick)
Pole Jam, Skater: Eugene, Listening to "Versace" by Drake (Photo: Brad McCormick)
Frontside Tail Slide, Skater: Kendrick, Listening to "Palace" by A$AP Rocky (Photo: Brad McCormick)
Skater: Paul (Photo: Brad McCormick)
All photos by Brad McCormick.
Skateboard photographer Brad McCormick