Ricky Adam’s brutally honest photographs can only be the result of a photographer that knows and is trusted by his subjects.
Ricky send me this writeup about “Edge of Living”:
These photos were taken over the last 4-5 years in Leeds, U.K. and chronicle a bunch of young punks who I consider friends.
I’ve been documenting the punk scene for years through photography. So, when a group of friends started squatting vacant houses I instinctively reached for my camera.
Punks as a subgroup have always lived by alternative means. Making & breaking their own rules. Recession or no recession, this is how these folks choose to live. I guess you could say that these photos are in part a coming of age story.
Ricky’s bio from his website:
Ricky Adam was born in Bangor, Northern Ireland in 1974.
Ricky has been involved in the D.I.Y. punk community for many years & has been Co. Editor/Photographer for ‘DIG BMX‘ magazine for over 20 years.
He has spent ‘X’ amount of years playing in bands & traveling all over the world taking photographs.
Ricky is rarely without a camera and over the years has built up a unique series of photographs.
“The way I work is kinda haphazard and often out of compulsion. I tend to only photograph things that genuinely interest me. I’ve found that’s the way to get the best results.” – Ricky Adam
His work has been featured in many worldwide publications/record labels, some of which include: DIG BMX magazine, The Independent, Juxtapoz, Obey, Maximum Rock N’ Roll, British Journal of Photography, Upper Playground, Hamburger Eyes, Dischord Records, Burning Heart Records.
His work has also been exhibited in art shows throughout the world.
In 2012 Ricky published his first book aptly named: ‘Destroying Everything …Seems Like The Only Option’ which chronicles his time spent rolling around in the punk & BMX scene
You can see more of Ricky’s work here.
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