Words and poster by Bruce J. Bales
Another year, another attempt at a calendar of events. There will be more information about all of these events at least a month ahead of time. However, please keep in mind that these dates are subject to change. I hope to avoid any conflict with other competitions for the River Rumble, so stay tuned for any scheduling fluctuations. I hope to see you all at these sessions.
April 26th- Iowa City
*Meet at the Skatepark at 11:30 a.m.
May 16th- Road Trip
*We will be traveling for two weeks this year. More details to come. Start saving.
June 28th- Sioux City
*Let’s make a weekend out of it and set up a camp.
July 26th- Cedar Rapids
*It’s been a while since we have sessioned in C.R.
September 6th- River Rumble
October 25th- Dubuque
*Aaron Schultz will show us the best rails in Eastern Iowa, and we will dress up like hooligans.
Words and photos by Bruce J. Bales
This past summer a good friend of mine introduced me to the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi. The aesthetic is grounded in the belief that nothing is perfect and pushes people to accept the imperfections in life (I’d say more, but you should just look it up for yourself and draw your own conclusions). Rollerblading is an activity that can easily show you how to embrace Wabi-sabi. For the longest time I chased perfection with my tricks, clips and photographs, but this past summer I realized I would never be satisfied unless I began to accept the imperfections that came with art and rollerblading. It was this metanoia that led me to start making photographs for these galleries. I wanted to show the details of rollerblading that get lost. I wanted to zoom in on the imperfections. I hope you can take something away from these photographs that you have not yet thought about. I hope you will take a closer look and find something you’ve never noticed.
Continue reading ‘A Closer Look: Gallery II’
Words and edit by Bruce J. Bales
I think I could easily make excuses about why I haven’t been posting regularly, but I won’t. Instead, I’ll give you this: the Iowa Connection is a community. Our community, like any, is a direct reflection of what we put into it. I will keep putting effort, time, and passion forth, but I ask you to do the same. It could be something as simple as telling someone about the site, sharing a recent post or telling someone they did a good job with an article, photo, or video. You can take this as complaining or you can take it as a call to action. I’ll still be here either way.
With that being said, I present to you an example of what can happen when we get together to create. This video is the first in what I hope to be a long-lasting series. One of my main goals in making this was to use all Iowa-affiliated music, so don’t just watch the video, research the bands afterwards. Support the communities around you by taking time to look, learn and listen. I promise you’ll find there is much more here than you might think. Love live Iowa.
Continue reading ‘Iowat: Volume I’
Words by Bruce J. Bales
My usual end of year hard drive cleaning has yielded some photographs I forgot about. Larger things were imagined for the first and last photographs, but this year seemed to slip by so quickly that they got lost in the shuffle. Nonetheless, all these photographs are proof of another successful year. We may not be rollerblading as often or with larger groups, but we are still rollerblading. To me, that is the only thing that matters. I hope to see you all very soon. Welcome to 2014.
Continue reading ‘End of 2013 photo gallery’