A book is storytelling in solid form.
Parkour is storytelling in motion.
Through photography, this solidity and movement can find a way to live together.
The result of four years of interviews and photographs is compiled into this work of passion: passion for the birth of a sport, a new way of telling stories and a new perspective on Rome.
Here you’ll find snapshots of three little-known Roman suburbs that have become stages for parkour and its players, traceurs. These boys and men, from 15 to 30 years old, come together to train in the sun or rain. They share the desire to practice a discipline that demands they learn, understand each other and find themselves.
They are normal guys in many ways but are set apart because they move forward just when many would quit: in front of an obstacle.
These images will guide you into the philosophy of getting by and the balance of thoughts and actions. Let them carry you away and see how to fly from one obstacle to another, without fear. You just need to be prepared: open your eyes and be flexible. Climb on these pages, jump from one shot to another and stand with those for whom parkour is a reason to live. Then, allow yourself to get excited, involved and inspired.
Don´t be upset if you think a traceur, right after the jump, falls on his face. Maybe it will surprise you to know, after a shoot, the faces of these traceurs were covered only in sweat, without a spot of mud. Maybe you will be surprised to find you can fly without wings.
Andrea is a senior 3D artist and photographer for a Swedish multinational retailer. He is also a freelance photographer based in Malmö, Sweden, still on the hunt for a “real” espresso in Scandinavia.