Steve Zavitz shares his passion for parkour photography and film: from his transition to freelancing, his process, and what he likes to create. He discusses the changing style and culture around parkour videos, and the impact social media has had. Steve reflects on the evolving culture, audience, and growth of parkour, and what that means for communities today.Continue Reading…
(This question is part of the “What are you doing?” project.)
I’m doing parkour and a lot of people actually recognize parkour. So I train in New York and when I’m walking around the city, training outside with my people, a lot of folks know about parkour from the office, from Ninja Warrior, from … some people from James Bond. So a lot of times when they see us doing it, then they’ll shout parkour at us–sometimes derisively, sometimes encouragingly. But usually it’s accompanied by a horrible cartwheel or someone sliding and jumping around, pretending to flip. The good with the bad, I suppose.
But for folks that are actually a little bit more interested in parkour and don’t necessarily know what it is or what to expect and had never seen anyone actually doing it outside for real, like it’s not on TV, usually I’ll tell them that I’m training. So … typically they’ll ask me something like, “Oh, like what are you training for? Why are you doing this?” And, a lot of times I’ll just tell them … personally, I’m not training for Ninja Warrior. I’m not training for competitions like NAPC or Air Wipp or anything like that. You know, I’m not trying to be an elite athlete. I train for myself. And so usually that’s what I tell them is, “I’m training to get stronger. I’m training to break mental barriers, to break jumps, and also ’cause it’s fun.”
You know, it’s my form of exercise that I enjoy doing. Some people like doing SoulCycles. Some people like jogging, biking, things like that. And for me, parkour is that. You know, that’s my fulfillment. It’s my stress relief. And typically, I don’t get that in-depth with people. Usually, they just have a quick question and they’re like, “Oh, what are you doing?” But, usually if I had the chance to actually explain to them, that’s what it would be.