Finding A Line. Music, Art & Skating in Washington, DC.
As you approach the abandoned lot behind Union Market in DC you begin to hear the hum of smooth rolling urethane wheels over Skatelite. The hum is occasionally interrupted by the sound of metal trucks scraping the cement coping. And then there’s the “applause,” banging skateboards on the deck as someone nails another spectacularly difficult trick. This is the Finding A Line skate bowl, the brainchild of local skater and artist Ben Ashworth.
Graffiti and wheat-paste art decorate the cinder-block wall; loud music — sometimes live, sometimes from Ben’s iPod — fills the DC air, and all the while around the edge of the bowl a dozen or so skateboarders of all ages and talent levels wait for their turn to drop in.
This is the place where artists, musicians & skaters come to push themselves; to interact and thrive. Everyone seeking a way, finding their line physically, artistically, and emotionally through the same space.
Skater Brewska at the Finding a Line bowl behind Union Market in DC.
Shadows of skaters at the Finding A Line Bowl behind Union Market.
Skater waiting for his moment to drop in.
The man himself, Ben Ashworth takes a break after a long day of work at the bowl.
Brandon Lee Padayao shows off his body art next to some wall art.
People groove and move in this “Creative Ecosystem.”
Ben Ashworth calls the Finding A Line bowl space a “creative ecosystem.” A place for music, art & skating. A place to express oneself.
Artist Anne Smith created one if the first art pieces at the bowl.
An amazing night of skating, music and panel discussion about Urbanism and Placekeeping;
Concerns about gentrification and community and the arts.
Using a slow shutter speed and flash I captured Brewska in action the bowl.
Speed, grace, motion. Ben Ashworth skates right up against the coping.
As dusk settles in the lights come on and the action continues.
Bill Vaughn of Thaylobleu rockin’ one night at the bowl celebrating a Senior Art class from Gallaudet University.
Camilla The Hun killin’ it!
Skating at dusk, just before the bail.
DC Skate Jam 2017. Projected Photo by Brendan Klein. A night of skating and photography.
Wild wall ride courtesy of Ben Ashworth.
Daryl Grier. Skater, designer for Tout Noir. Flyer.