Pioneering skate photographer Brian Gaberman has wrestled with the same question throughout his career: how do you move forward without forgetting your roots?

Pioneering skate photographer Brian Gaberman has wrestled with the same question throughout his career: how do you move forward without forgetting your roots?

Brian began his journey as a staff photographer at Slap magazine in San Francisco in the 1990s and, with one eye set on the horizon and the other looking to the traditions of his craft, he’s been breaking new ground ever since.

Over seven years as Element’s brand photographer, he’s balanced his fine art background and interest in experimental shooters like Thomas Campbell and Sally Mann with his respect for the stalwarts of skate photography like J. Grant Brittain and Bryce Kanights.

Years ago, Brian struck out from the city to lead a more self-sufficient life on a Northern California farm, where he now lives with his family. In forging this path, he’s had to adapt to new responsibilities without forgetting where he came from.

“My life on the road is the polar opposite of my life at home,” reflects Brian. “I realised that my whole life revolves around the process of adjusting and readjusting to being a travelling photographer one day, and a husband, father, farmer, artist, etc., the next.”

Brian’s latest journey takes him from Element’s home of New York City to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Why Wolfeboro? Wolfeboro is the one place Element’s founder Johnny Schillereff considered home during his nomadic upbringing. It is also the name of the Element’s new jacket collection inspired by the strong character and self-reliant spirit of the hard-ass New Englanders who call the chilly northern town home today.

Always with his camera slung around his neck, Brian’s most recent pilgrimage echoes the journey toward maturity that both he and Element have taken over their many years of collaboration. The resulting images will be presented in The Road To Wolfeboro exhibition European tour, alongside the new documentary (above) and live music from Element Advocate Bastien Duverdier aka Képa.

Find out more at Element Europe. Tour dates:

Barcelona – November 21

Lisbon – November 28

London – December 4