Mark Kent has been documenting old school skateboarding since 2004.
Mark Kent is a passionate skateboarder (once a skater always a skater) and a keen snowboarder. An unlucky bail at Elwood Bowl in Victoria in 2004 resulted in a half knee replacement, the end of a promising return to a much loved sport and way of life but the beginning of a romance with documenting old school talents on video.
As a videographer for MOSS (Melbourne Old School Skate Sessions) he shows up here and there with a variety of cameras to capture the lifestyle, tricks and culture that is skateboarding. Mark loves technology so don’t be surprised to see a drone, Go Pro or some other device to capture stuff in his arsenal of equipment.
As an educator fewer projects have given Mark more pleasure or delivered the educational outcomes of Skoolaborate. Skoolaborate was a global awareness project. The title comes from a secure space in a virtual world where students and teachers could collaborate as avatars. You might have seen the movie. The remnants of the work can be found at www.Skoolaborate.org as it stalled when when he left the program. Skoolaborate achieved so much with Aboriginal and Torres Strait kids from in Far North Queensland, Thursday Island and juvenile justice in terms of developing skills in literacy and Photoshop that we kept the blog in the hope it will be resurrected down the track. Check https://skoolaborate.wordpress.com/
Mark is a keen motorcyclist who has ridden off-road in Vietnam and Cambodia contributing to the development of a global housing project with Cambodian Motorcycle Tours as well as delivering school supplies by trail bike with mates to remote schools in Far North Vietnam.
Mark had a crack at keeping a blog of one journey to deliver school supplies to a remote Hmong school on the border of Vietnam and China. Sadly the blog got cut short as he took a spill courtesy of a local goat herder and tore four metatarsals and enjoyed a dislocated shoulder requiring a 28 km ride to the nearest town, 10 hour drive to Hanoi hospital and then 3 days later a flight home for surgery. Check http://kentmckay.global2.vic.edu.au/ password adventure16
Back in the first world Mark is a Principal of a Melbourne Primary School.