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Asymbol/Brain Farm's "Why I Skate"

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Photograph By Courtesy Asymbol/Brain Farm

"This one is interesting because it's different than all the other photos. The first thing we really liked was the perspective -- it's shot up high -- and that the rider and their shadow are playing off each other. It's a girl skating, and we don't have that many submissions of girl skaters. I really liked the feel of concentration; it's not a halfhearted thing, it's a fully committed sort of ollie. Those wheels are awesome, too, the way the orange pops off the page. In other ways it's really reductive." -- Alex Hillinger