Roger Ballen is an American born, South African-based photographer who has scoured the world for a truly honest depiction of the human condition. Employing nightmarish scenes of humans damned to harsh conditions highlighting the forgotten nature of those who are banned from society. Through a grimy black and white lens, this style takes on a name of its own, Ballenesque. It combines chaotic methods that meet somewhere between painting/drawing, installation, performance and photography.
For his latest offering, Ballen team up with The Skateroom on a dark series of decks that feature classic Ballenesque imagery, and the South African rap group Die Antwoord. If you’re interested in owning one of these decks, they are available for purchase through The Skateroom from prices ranging from $250 to $1250 USD. 20 percent of the profits from sales will be donated to Skateistan to help fund its skate school in Johannesburg, South Africa. Check out the above video, and subscribe to Canvas here.