May Fourteenth.

I woke up at ten, I was still really tired even though I had, had a long night of sleep. More than I am used to these days. I had the previous night been editing a Parkour park video. A long overdue project of mine, which I might add had been in production since, last year?! I never got around to editing the video after acquiring all the footage, but now I had made a start trimming all the clips where on the timeline came to twenty minutes. It’s no wonder I had left it so long! I was feeling groggy and unsure about being out, though it was a lovely sunny day. I started to make a move and was ready before 12pm, deciding to go out earlier than the 1pm and got to town with David. When we arrived there was no one else out early, unusual. Not even Mat who always claimed to be out from ten or earlier…

We trained at Plaza until others arrived there for the usual meet up time of one, maybe even later. It seemed I now had rubbish kong precisions. I was going towards the landing wall, as in only landing on it and servilely crouched. I seemed to be using all my legs for the jump rather than pushing with my arms as well, it was deeply disappointing and I couldn’t seem to change the technique. I moved over at the Atrium I couldn’t do or get the distance for a precision jump across some slate due to the height, drop or just a general fear. Man, what a day it was becoming… I text James telling him that I was already out and where the hell was he? He thought at the time, that I was Phil and then text him back instead of myself. We moved over to IBM and then slowly but surely people starting to arrive in small trickles.

 

Max – Tic Tac Precision.

 

I found the running precision from one of the walls near the end to the railing easier than I did before, finally something which I did retain! The standing precision also felt good to do. Today, Jallen wasn’t feeling things either, as he didn’t do the running precision which he had really good the last few times. It seemed I wasn’t the only one suffering an off day. Adam arrived, he wanted to do movements but felt rubbish and fearful of jumps for some reason too. The day claiming yet another Nottingham practitioner. For some reason (first in a long time) a plastic policeman asked for us to move on due to it being private property. Yet, we never (normally) get moved on and it seemed like it was going to be one of those days as he had no understanding, leniency nor did it seem like he wanted to either.

We ended up moving over to Auditorium, a place which people seemed to dislike today. Once we got into the training groove after warming up, we found movements to practise. It was feeling a good day now as there were a few new challenges I hadn’t seen or tried before. The guys were box jumping up onto a wall which increased in height. There was vaulting over a railing (seen below) with different vaults to a wall, before vaulting off. A few did it as a running clear the rail to the wall before vaulting off, seen in the first portrait images. I filmed a few clips for my new RAW video and collected a few clips of the guys training as well. Zain had arrived, after texting me earlier to stay there until he had arrived. He was the same person who pointed out trying to do a tic tac precision off this metal plant pot. It looked horrible and like it might be slippery, much like a spoon was Zain’s analogy of the movement.

 

Aiden – Kong.

 

It wasn’t that bad when you applied the right pressure to the metal, if the angle was wrong it did cause you to slip, which a few experienced. On landing it felt right to add palm spin. I do like how some of the shots of that movement came out, even if Max was pulling some silly faces during. Another late comer was Frankie, asking where we were all located. To which I text him back ‘FU, be on time and then you would know…‘ Which I think went down great, I did of course tell him our location after that. I had also completely forgot to let Sampa know where we were. It had slipped my mind that he said he would be out this weekend and that I would let him know where we were once I arrived, whoops sorry dude! Which I was reminded of when he finally find us after wandering around the city trying to find us.

There were a few enabler moments, like when Tom did a small upward precision near the steps at the side of the areas. Which is one that is on and off for myself and one James still needs to do too. Once Tom had done it, I was able to force it right after as well. It’s funny how some people can help you push through and do movements too. Everyone was spread far and wide, doing their own movements in smaller groups, it was hard to know where to go and what to try. Some jams are like that and it’s no wonder we can sometimes get really tried from trying all and everything we see others doing. We did lots of linking movements, with strides and vaults over walls, like dash and speed vaults. When we tired of Audo we made our way down to the church area, across from Castle College.

 

Zain – Portrait.

 

It seemed there were more jumps people were at first reluctant to do, like the main running upward precision across which had a slight drop. Everyone who had done it previously had the same feelings in the beginning with the jump, with it looking more difficult and horrible than it actually was. I was still impressed with James having done it and seeing him doing it person, so was David who thought it looked horrible too. Afterwards when all had claimed the jump, people found other precisions to add onto the initial running precision. The group started to fraction and then there was a short stint of the SM guys who came by, doing the massive running catleap using a tombstone as a launch pad non the less. The distances of running movements these days is getting far beyond what it once was. I took many shots of Zain eating, like the one which can be seen above. While James had shots of a topless, Tarzan-esk Frankie as his focus point. It only got funnier once Will got his camera out and then Tom too, it felt like a camera club!

We moved over to Castle College grounds, it ended up being training for the running catleap off the opposite foot, which someone had suggested. I then had an idea for a multiple blended shot, which I wanted with multiple people doing Parkour within the shot. It could work singularly too, which I did with the one of James (seen below) where were lots of him in shot, striking a different pose each time. I’m quite fond of that shot and it worked awesomely compared to the other shot I took of people training more Parkour bases movements within it. That didn’t work out so well, mainly due to all the people who were doing the movements clashed with each other during the blending process and with it being such a small area too. Adam was annoyed at being told to move, while he was training and others were trying to get shots, it didn’t help when James asked him to me either.

 

James – Portrait.

 

The training had started to slow and it became more of a portrait fest with James taking more images of Zain and myself. One shot was funny where I had my hair down and then draped it over Zain’s hairless, bald head. It made us look like conjoined twins, by the hair of course, and gave many of us the giggles about how emo it made Zain look too. All of James photography can be seen in his album [1] from the day, some not too dissimilar to my own shots and some completely different one too. We both took many, many images of Ben in the golden hour lighting of the sun. He is the perfect subject, much like Zain is, with them both being so photogenic. With Ben, this made us to state how model like he was and in some images how he looked like gay icon for a magazine. I don’t think he took that quite as a compliment as it was meant…

Zain stated he would have to leave soon, as once it was dark we would no longer be able to see him, let alone photograph him. I really did enjoy this day for images, I had so many and quite a few that were of Zain and Ben. So many to go through, cull and edit. It was going to be a nightmare to sort and sieve through them all in the coming days and week. A double edge sword of having lots of content, but being unable to cope with the demand and the various people that wanted to see them uploaded instantly. I must remember to like with the shot above, try some more photography like that, as it could produce some rather interesting results. Even if the lighting had to constantly be the same, maybe an overcast day would be better.

 

Max – Tic Tac Precision.

 

Max – Tic Tac Precision.

 

Max – Tic Tac Precision.

 

Max – Tic Tac Precision.

 

Max – Tic Tac Precision.

 

Max – Tic Tac Precision.

 

Tree.

 

Zain – Portrait.

 

James – Portrait.

 

Zain – Portrait.

 

Zain – Portrait.

 

James & Will – Portrait.

 

James – Portrait.

 

Zain – Portrait.

 

Parrish – Running Catleap.

 

Zain – Portrait.

 

Tom – Portrait.

 

Zain – Portrait.

 

Adam – Portrait.

 

Ben – Portrait.

 

James – Portrait.

 

Ben – Portrait.

 

James – Portrait.

 

Zain – Portrait.

 

Ben – Portrait.

 

Aiden – Lazy Vault.

 

Frankie – Lazy Vault.

 

James – Lazy Vault.

 

Will – Lazy Vault.

 

Will – Lazy Vault

 

Max – Running Precision.

 

Ben – Precision.

 

Josh – Webster.

 

James – Portrait.

 

James & David – Portrait.

 

Zain – Portrait.

 

Zain – Portrait.

 

Zain – Portrait.

 

Parkour – Portrait.

 

Ben – Handstand.

 

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