Whether you will consider Jonas Hansson‘s latest production a piece of art is entirely up to you, but there is no doubt that with SOTA, the Danish cinematographer is indeed making a really strong statement. From the places he’s traveled to, to the bladers he’s chosen to film, Jonas has taken a strong stance on how he views blading nowadays. From the soundtrack of the video, to the patient color grading of every single frame, he has also made obvious how carefully he wants to portrait it.
When asked about the different ways to annoy Jonas, fellow Copenhagener and long time friend Jacob Juul replied: “make him edit to rap music!” The first thing that might strike the viewer is how different SOTA is from Jonas’ earlier work. The faster pace, music selection, and overall format of the movie sets a clear distinction between this new project and Mr. Hansson’s former Traitement masterpiece. As the latter states he wanted to “try and bring something different to the table” this time, it is undeniable he’s succesfully managed to reinvent both himself and his work as a whole.
If you want to know more about the skating or the video itself, you will have to trust the unanimously positive reviews that have been posted all over the messageboards and social networks, or simply check out this amazing photo gallery provided by featured skater & Russian up-and-comer Kirill Galushko! If being able to challenge everything one has already accomplished, and create something entirely new out of it is both the curse and blessing of a true artist, then we hope these few words might have helped you answer the opening question above!