Film Photographers Around The World: James Grundy 'Salad Days'
We were contacted by James Grundy - Australian film & digital photographer based on the Sunshine Coast who shared his latest 35mm film project called 'Salad Days' with us.
James documented the project on Kodak T-Max 400 & Kodak Tri-X 400 B&W film stock and used the help of Canon AE-1 body + Canon 50mm f/1.4 FD lens, Nikon FE body + Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens and Contax T2 to shoot it.
Words and photography: James Grundy
'Growing up in a small regional town just outside the middle of nowhere in Australia made it hard in the early days to go for a skate. We had a few footpaths and rough bitumen roads, but beyond this there wasn’t a ledge or rail to spare.
I remember skating at the local courthouse that had been repurposed into a tourist centre - it featured a wooden veranda with a tiny two stair. Rusty nails stained the wood that had twisted after decades in the sun. This was one of our town’s premier skate spots.
The only skateparks we saw were in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1. The closest one to us back then was hours away and was the pinnacle of shoddy Australian construction and layout; it must have been designed by a member of the council.
As the years passed and we got older, we each became more resourceful.
Those with access to a hammer and a hand saw quickly learnt the art of construction. Rails, quarter pipes and more appeared with each day that passed. Nails protruded everywhere like a hideous weapon in some gruesome street fight. Always watch for the nails.
The haphazard skating continued until we got our licenses and then the doors were flung open on a world of possibilities. First stop was the bottle shop and the second. And the third.
Around the same time we got a freshly laid skate park in our town, but these years turned into a haze of drunken stupors and hung-over mornings. Days and nights whirled past, turning into a kaleidoscope of fragmented weeks and months.
'Salad Days' is a nostalgic documentary, an exploration of youth, idealism and the brief window in one’s life where the liberty of indiscretion is celebrated.'