Few people have had as much influence on skateboarding as Arto Saari. And while multiple knee surgeries have made Arto question how to perpetually one-up himself over and over on a skateboard, his injuries also led him to photography, forcing him to look at the world in a completely different—yet equally creative—way. Skateboarders are natural adaptors and will overcome any situation they’re thrown into. This short film captures that transition and Arto’s process to make photography his profession.
Let Us Roam is an ongoing short film series by Chris Murphy, supported by Leica Camera. This series features stories about photographers, artists, filmmakers, and musicians who found their creativity through skateboarding. For a lot of us, skating is a lifestyle that breeds creativity and is often the doorway leading to other avenues of expression. This four-part film series tells the stories from behind the lens and the path that led these artists to photography.