9 in the morning – wandering around the Central Business District in Bangkok we find our way into a Hotel Lobby, looking for the Elevator as soon as we enter, trying to make it look like we’ve been there before by walking straight into it. Most of the time that’s the hardest part and this time we got lucky, the office on the top floor was empty, we walk out the Emergency Exit and take the Staircase to the roof. Even though we’ve done this a hundred times it amazed us how smoothly it went, but got a little disappointed when the roof was flat, no Freerunning spot in sight.
Dangling our feet off the edge, 33stories above the busy streets, and giving ourselves a little rest – we carry a bunch of camera-gear and water with us – from shooting for our new video, we are taking in the view and shoot some photos when Pasha spots an abandoned rooftop-pool a few blocks down. Easy decision, that looks like fun and after making a mental roadmap from above we are on our way back down again.
5 minutes later we are walking into the complex and realise it’s an office building, busy this time so we decide to go for the staircase at the back of the building. No surprise, some of the employees have a setup of little huts right next to it and don’t want to see us walk through their living-room. We pretend it was all an accident, but already feel like we won’t ever make it up to the pool, having raised all the red flags.
That’s when we spot a guy in a suit having a smoke outside the building, I walk up to him and start a conversation, the security doesn’t speak english so it really doesn’t matter what we are talking about, as long as we talk long enough to make it look like we are part of some meeting or something. Not knowing what to say I just straight up ask for the pool, he doesn’t know about it and straight up points us to the elevator “Just go up and see if you can find it, I’ve never been there” – he says with an italian accent.
Again, as soon as we’re in the elevator we know we almost made it, they like leaving their rooftop-doors unlocked. Lucky again we walk up to the pool and it’s a really fun-spot. We got a good two hours of training, fooling around and shooting for our new video before somebody politely asks us to leave once we are done. We jump across to the neighbouring roof and are off for more.
Too old for Parkour? Wales Freerunners prove the statement that someone can be “too old for this shit” wrong by introducing their local Senior Citizens to the art of motion. Dope Project, love it!
Welcome to a normal day of shooting for Pasha’s video. If you haven’t seen the full video yet, you better get your priorities straight, click here to wach it NOW!
A lot of times people think we have a film- & editing-crew behind us, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. If you hang out with us for a shoot it’s just a few friends with a camera and while that seems a little innocent at first we take whatever we do dead-serious in a sense of learning something new every day. Just as people would see Freerunners as just some kids jumping around, while they are a lot more ambitious and passionate than you can tell at first sight.
We were lucky to have our good friend Thomas Garner around for the day to keep a second camera rolling.
If you’re into Film-Making we strongly recommend subscribing to Every Frame a Painting, where he analyses the greats of the Movie Business.
In this Episode he talks about Jackie Chan and breaks down what makes him the Master of Action-Comedy. A lot of things are similar to Freerunning, especially the sense of rhythm you see the likes of Pasha and Bart van der Linden put into their choreography and of course shooting many takes, until you get it just perfect.
When CP – local Freerunner from Singapore – send out invites for the first ever National Gathering in his hometown he could’ve never known how positive the response was. When we rocked up one day fashionably late we spend at least an hour just shaking hands with old friends and soon-to-be new ones.
Among the 60 international guests was our whole Farang Crew, Storror, a gang of Malaysians, the Chinese Posse all decked out in Red Bull Gear and what seemed to be Bondi Beach Surf Club at first, but turned out to be long-haired Australian Freerunners.
Singapore has some of the best Parkour-Spots we’ve seen, literally the whole city has an abundance of conveniently placed rails, walls and ledges. The downside you ask? Some of the strictest laws and police we’ve ever seen. Apparently the Police spotted the Event on Facebook and rocked up to the spots before we even arrived, keeping a close eye on our activities. So far so good, nobody got kicked out, we had great time jamming out with hundreds of people and the officers let us be.
Turns out they are not as pleasant if you walk up onto the rooftops of the many apartment blocks. No argument or reasoning allowed, you have to go into custody for the night. A few Freerunners had to learn this the hard-way and about 4 separate arrests gave a bunch of locals and visitors the opportunity of a free night in jail.
Stories were made and it all was a good laugh afterwards! The whole Jam was an amazing experience, with the locals showing us their favourite areas and getting everybody free gym access for the evenings. Literally 3 days of constant motion and sleep on hard floors put as back on a plane to Bangkok with scuffed up clothes and a smile on our face. Singapore – Lion City Gathering 2015 – was real as fuck and we can’t wait to be back next year!
Massive Thank you to CP for the whole organisation, Jonathan for turning Shaun into a walking WiFi-Hotspot, Wellington Wu for letting us crash at your gym and everybody who showed up to the event!
Watch the event video here!
Japanes Sculptor Yashitoshi Kanemaki creates beautifully strange characters out of wood. Sometimes it’s easy to take the craftsmanship that goes into art as granted or even completely forget about it, this step by step photo-series reminds us of the stunning work that goes into each of the pieces pictured below!
18-years old Mike Brodie embarked on an adventure and spent the 5 years to follow ilegally hopping on and off of trains around the US. Without any photography education he took his camera and just kept on shooting, documenting this alternative lifestyle.
The candid images he created are an amazing window into a world we only thought existed a few centuries ago and evokes a wanderlust-feeling.
After publishing his photos and getting an outstanding response from the art world, publishing a book and touring through galleries he decided to leave photography behind and now works as a mobile diesel-mechanic in his ’93 dodge-ram.