London Day Out With Jeremy Jones: Part 1 - Southbank
A sunny day out with Jeremy Jones - London based graffiti artist and skateboarder. Jeremy is supported by New Balance Numeric, Landscape Skateboards & Theobalds Cap Co.
Words and photography: Maksim Kalanep
Initially, our idea was to spend some time at the Southbank and explore the area a bit. It is one of Jeremy's favourite spots in London and it was a great starting point for us.
We met at around 1pm. The weather was perfect. Jeremy was already warmed up and had couple of ideas of what we could shoot before he had to leave with videographer Henry Edwards-Wood. Don't know how or why, but I messed up the first two tricks and we got nothing out of it despite Jeremy being on top of his game. I also wasted too much film which became an issue at the end of the day.
Since Henry still wasn't there and the waiting game is usually unpredictable - we decided to try couple more things and surprisingly everything went smooth this time round for both of us - Jeremy landed the tricks and I managed to shoot it all before the team and Henry were ready to leave on a mission.
We stuck around the Southbank area for a bit more, but at this point I was almost out of frames and had to wrap up the session. It felt like a half baked day for me, so I asked Jeremy if we could do another day and also fit in a visit to his studio. He was more than happy to do it.
Two days later we met at Jeremy's studio in South-West London where he restores old pieces of furniture and adds graffiti inspired abstract paintings to them to create modern pieces of art for people's homes.
Jeremy showed me the process in full and when he was done for the day we decided to explore Kingston Upon Thames - area where he grew up and skated a lot when he was younger.
We paid a visit to local skatepark first. I've never been there before and was a bit amused by the amount of used shoes stuck on the trees. Local hero Davross and other familiar faces were there. Jeremy had a quick chat with most and then we moved on.
We found several interesting spots here and there, but it was hard to skate them due to rush hour and traffic. Eventually we ended up at the new chill spot by the river. The sun was almost gone and the beers were out - so it was time to call it a day.
Enjoy the gallery below and check Jeremy's work at emoral.co.uk