Photographer Sarah Brownlow captures Bali's exploding skate scene

After moving to Bali from the UK last August, Brighton photographer Sarah Brownlow tumbled head first into the country's exploding skate scene. The tattoos, body adornments, clatter of trucks on the concrete and the heat from the Indonesian sun were an assault on the senses and within 10 minutes she was hooked.

Via Creative Boom submission. All images courtesy of Sarah Brownlow

Via Creative Boom submission. All images courtesy of Sarah Brownlow

"I'd left my old life of conformity, going to work every day and proper shoes behind me, and it left room for something was like a breathe of fresh air," explains Sarah.

"As a woman, and with no history of skateboarding or a tattoo in sight, it initially took great courage to enter this scene and capture intimate moments of the skaters and their spectators; but eight months on and I have found this scene to be warm and welcoming, bringing locals and bule (Indonesian word for foreigner) of all ages together; kind of like an open community and we're all invited."

The result of her new obsession is this series of photographs, highlighting Bali's exploding skate scene. She adds: "When the sun goes down, the raw, unharnessed energy spills into the skate bar aptly named 'Pretty Poison' and things get heady with skate competitions running alongside an eclectic mix of live music, eye-watering strong cocktails and on-site piercing and tattooing. Not for the fainthearted but definitely worth a trip to see Bali’s skateboarding underbelly ignite in the night."

You can discover more of Sarah's work at Or follow her on Instagram @Sarah_Brownlow.


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