at the event which took over the street Friday evening to show solidarity with the Black community and celebrating Juneteenth.Â Organized by Olodwan Blackboard, a Black skateboard collective, people gathered at Underpass Skate Park underneath where the Gardiner and DVP meet.
I braved the perils of the Covid-19 lockdown and ventured into the murky, hip-hop underground. Soaking up the essence of skunky pot and the sugary Iced-Capp I managed to get a few photos. Expecting a more menacing crowd, I hung back for awhile, but soon realized that I was the more threatening. Being by far the oldest person there (nobody over 21, and me at sixty-fuckin-something), I think they thought I was just one of the street-art characters on the DVP pylons.
I was accepted. And then….
I commenced shooting.
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June 20, 2020 at 7:22 pm
Hilarious … “one of the street art characters on the DVP pylons”
In photo 10, how did you convince those girls to pose for the photo?
Did you cycle to the rally?
Not too much attention to social distancing, I notice.
June 20, 2020 at 7:32 pm
Hi Len (the other),
I told the girls to leave the masks on, because their eyes were so beautiful, I didn’t need to see their mouths. How’s that one?
No, I didn’t cycle in. Too far for that, then I wouldn’t have the energy to get fully immersed. And there was very little SD, so I had to be careful. Chantal made me throw out my clothes and take a shower when I got back, and I have to sleep on the couch for 14 days
June 20, 2020 at 8:59 pm
â€¦.HA…..serves you right !!….(you’ll notice that that is a true dobrucki admonishment â€¦.hmmmmmâ€¦.)
â€¦.so I expect the next missive will be the view from the sofa….14 day saga….
â€¦â€¦(and I really enjoyed the pics)â€¦(am also acknowledging your bravery….ahem….)
â€¦â€¦â€¦love…â€¦..one of the Linda’s in your life….
June 20, 2020 at 9:09 pm
Why Linda, are you on the couch too?
And…. hmmmm… views from the couch… that gives me an idea….
love you too, Linda, and I miss you.
June 26, 2020 at 3:52 pm
Youâ€™re still the hippest old dude in town – maybe time to get a skateboard tattoo?
Good to see that you always manage to photograph the girls – every man needs a muse!
June 26, 2020 at 4:03 pm
Nice compliment Peter. Another tattoo, maybe, but definitely not a skateboard, unless it’s a composite image with a camera in the background.