It all started in 2013, when photographer Matt Alberts met up with friend and skater, Chet Childress, who was at the tail end of his pro career. Alberts recognized that sponsors or not, Childress was going to keep skating, no matter what. He was a lifer.
Fueled by a desire to leave digital photography behind, and after discovering that his great grandfather had been a wet plate photographer, Alberts researched the technique, loaded up a trailer with wet collodion photography gear, and hit the road to document other lifers in the skate community.
This year, he set out to capture lifers in the snowboarding world.
Stay up on The Lifers Project here: thelifersproject.com.
Look out for more of Matt’s work in the new print volume of TWSNOW dropping this fall.