Alasdair McLellan, Blondey 15-21 *signed
British photographer Alasdair McLellan's most recent book compiles 6 years's worth of photographs documenting skateboarder and artist Blondey McCoy. 150 images, 2000 copies, 2 covers, designed by M/M (Paris) with text by Jo-Ann Furniss. All our copies are signed by Alasdair.
“A lot has happened to Blondey since 2013. He is now 21 years old, on the cusp of turning 22 – although, by his own admission, it feels more like 32. A weariness has crept into his demeanour. This replaced his earlier shyness. In between there has been drunkenness, obnoxiousness, coke bloat, fragility, vulnerability, charm, humorousness, imperiousness, kindness, intelligence, honesty – and sometimes all of the above, all at once.” (Jo-Ann Furniss)
“I met Blondey through my assistant Lex. Lex is a very good skate photographer. We were looking for someone to photograph for an editorial. He looked like a young Shaun Ryder then. I thought he looked great. But he was very quiet and only ate chips and pizza.
“It was never meant to be a project or a book. It just happened that I continued to take photos of him. I’ve always been interested in rites of passage as a subject. The idea of growing from an adolescent into an adult. Blondey was coming up to his 22nd birthday. And it seemed to be the right time as I’d photographed him at every age since he was 15 and obviously you change so much between the ages of 15 and 21. And 21 is such a milestone. It seemed to be the right time to bring a book out about this period of his life. It’s rare to find one person or one subject that you photograph during those years that really shape you.” Alasdair McLellan