In the era of social media, it’s sometimes excruciating holding back from releasing images which are going to be in print, but it’s well worth the wait! Whilst I’m as guilty as the next person in my desire for faster news and updates which are drip fed through the screen of my phone, when it comes to images I’m of the view that nothing packs as much punch as seeing it in print… it’s the real deal, it’s tangible, it’s timeless.
My friend’s house in the Alps is testament to this, as large format ski calendars (The annual Powder-Kalender) decorate the walls with images of powder days and epic adventures from leading names in the world of ski photography. I’ve looked at those calendars for a few years now, sometimes flipping over the huge pages from the likes of a Grant Gunderson to a Mattias Fredriksson image. Last season I set myself the challenge of being featured in the calendar and the image above is my contribution to the 2017 calendar, an image of friend and fellow ski photographer Robert Bachmann (A.K.A Brecher Le – website). Whilst shooting with Puder Crew skiers Gex Rathfelder and Maxi No, Robert and I were in different positions to capture the guys shredding a pillow line through the trees, after they were out of sight it was as Robert packed his camera away and was getting ready to drop in that I noticed some unblemished snow in the sun and a tree in the foreground offering a great flow to the shot. I’m stoked that we were both looking at the same patch of snow! It’s great to be amongst the names in that calendar, thanks Michi!
With the walls covered in ski calendars, it’s also important that all shelves and tables in a ski house have a strong offering of ski mags. Fall-Line Magazine has been a mainstay on my coffee table for some years, and it’s fair to say that the first issue of each season creates a huge amount of excitement for the season ahead. The collection of back issues between my friends and I is testament to its collectability through the quality of its content and printing, so it’s very flattering to see my images and words across six pages of the December issue – published in Nov so get them while they’re still around! The feature is about using DAV (German Alpine Club) Huttes to access awesome freeride terrain in Austria’s Vorarlberg region. I’m very lucky to have been shown some great zones in the area over the last couple of years by a crew of good friends who consider it their “local”, a big shout out to Gex, Max and Fabi for leading me on this trip.
There’ll be an update to my website coming soon, but as always there’s nothing better than getting it in print and enjoying it with a good cup of coffee in front of an open fire!