A small group of us, Janis and Ian S. from CHVPS, Mike Poole from Bakewell PS and Simon Beynon from Chesterfield PS spent a fantastic day on Saturday 28th July photographing Parkour athletes performing their art in the iconic Brutalist architecture of Park Hill Flats in Sheffield.
It has taken the best part of 2 years for us to get permission to be able to gain access to the courtyards in Park Hill as the site is due to be developed and consequently fenced off. We were invited to piggy back an annual urban cyclo-cross race that runs through part of the inner courtyards and we were able in close cooperation with the event organiser, Urban Splash the developer and their agent to run our workshop in tandem with the race.
We invited Andy and Ant from Team Katalyst, based in Rotherham, a performance training centre that offers activities such as Parkour, Free running, Dance, Martial Arts, Cheerleading, Tricks and Flips and Aerials. Andy and Ant performed tricks in a variety of locations around Park Hill, using the space and architecture to express themselves. We the photographers did our best to capture this fast moving action without getting in to each other’s pictures.
The day was a great success and we are hoping to organise some more similar evenings or days, perhaps using some more local venues in the Peaks. Keep an eye open for announcements. If you need an insight into what we got up to, have a chat with Janis or Ian, they will certainly tell you that they had a good time.