Street Skating in Panama and Beyond


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There’s no grey area with Rafael.

Photos and captions by Rafael Gonzalez

Rafael Gonzalez is a skateboarder and a photographer, based in Panama City, Panama, who has defined himself outside of digital format. Shooting skate with film isn’t always easy, but Rafael draws inspiration from the grainy mood, textures, and contrasts that come with shooting the old fashioned way. Check out some of Rafael’s best shots from street sessions all over the globe.

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In transit; shot in Alexander Platz Station (Berlin, Germany) on expired Polaroid Type55 film.

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Looking up at Raval, Barcelona. Architecture, urban fragments, and street scenarios have been my source of inspiration since the very beginning as a photographer, so I’m always looking for new compositions everywhere.

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Andres Sanders – Backside smith grind in the industrial area of Panama City, Panama.

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Perspective in Hackesche Höfe, Berlin.

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Street patterns in Berlin, summer 2016.

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Ameth Rodriguez – Boneless in the Old Town of Panama, also known as ‘Casco Viejo.’

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Panamanian skateboarder Anthony Forbes. We always go on skate missions around town, looking for spots, filming tricks and skate life in general.

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More patterns; Bilbao soccer stadium, 2015.

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Daniel Flusser skating in Paral.lel Barcelona, this used to be one of my favourite spots until it got rebuilt in a weird way. Those who have skated there before know what I mean.

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First light. Dave Terranova cruising the streets of Broadway, shot in Brooklyn, NYC.

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Downtown San Francisco. Shot this photo with a large format camera on expired Polaroid Type 55. It’s funny how people look at me on the streets when shooting with this camera.

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Ernee Martin pushing through the streets of Panama, Leica M6 and black and white film for days.

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Evan Smith crowd-surfing during a skate demo in Panama city.

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Josue Watts, Panama. Not only does he rip, he shoots rad photos too.

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Julian Davidson, backside noseblunt in Panama.

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Grande Arche de la Défense, Paris.

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Mees Van Rijckevorsel Inter-Architecture Gerrit Rietveld Academie graduation project in Amsterdam; sadly they had to destroy the mini ramp a few days after.

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Mike Quijano skating through the traffic jams in Panama. These streets are busy most of the time as there’s always some construction and repairs going on. This can sometimes can be a good thing because it creates new skate spots.

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Architecture in Tallinn, Estonia during summer 2016.

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Nick Garcia, switch frontside feeble in Panama. This is probably the spot with more international coverage in Panama; Plaza Edison is a must if you’re in the city.

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Rainy season in Panama is pretty gnarly, it’s still incredibly hot, even when it rains.

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Shot in Bratislava, Slovakia on a Euro trip during summer 2014.

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Panoramic view from above Manhattan, NYC. Shot with the Hasselblad Xpan.

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Robert Martin during yet another rainy skate session in Panama City.

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Self-portrait in Helsinki, Finland. One of those places you need to visit again and again, especially in summer when it’s not extremely cold.

See more of Rafael Gonzalez’s work HERE.

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