Without a doubt the most highly anticipated day of the year in a ski town is the day the lifts start spinning and the hill opens for business. Giddy would be the one word that overcomes all skiers and snowboarders in the valley as the time approaches. Many have some kind of ritual; I used to dress head-to-toe in all my gear and even strap into my board in some cases and stand in front of the mirror. Sounds crazy, I know, but it’s part of the mania that many go through in the build up.
It’s been years since I’ve played Mr. Shred dress-up, but with the Whistler opening a week early and the P.R. department conjuring up over a foot of fresh snow a few days before opening, I actually surprised myself how stoked I was to get up the hill. I pulled myself out of bed early and got to the Creekside gondola around 6:45 AM. Waiting in line is kind of like a big family reunion, bumping into friends you haven’t seen all summer. One thing that stuck out to me as I waited in line was the diversity of crowd. It ranged from the fresh off the boat seasonal employee, grizzled long-time locals, super-pro snowboarders and skiers and even a few weekend warriors thrown into the mix. All there for one reason; to go play in the snow. Awesome.
The details of the day aren’t all that important. I had some great runs with some great people and it was a good start to the season. A big thanks to Snowboard Canada Magazine photo editor, John Scarth for snapping this photo of me and making me look like a hero.
I also put together this quick video edit from my GoPro HD camera. All shots were handheld. I plan on making a bunch more of these edits throughout the season; stay tuned.
There’s not really much to say about this. Awesome photos from an amazing photographer of a great surfer. RIP Andy Irons
I’m going to make a confession: for someone who calls himself a photographer I don’t shoot many photos anymore. Ever since I made the move from freelance photographer to editor I’ve spent way more time behind a desk than a lens. Recently, I began to realize this is a pretty weak excuse considering I own 2 DSLR’s, 2 film bodies, a point and shoot and an iPhone. Since I always have a camera close at hand and I live in one of the most scenic places in the world, I’m making this a vow to shoot more. This is a start.
Growing up in landlocked in Ontario, I’ve read surf magazines as long as I can remember. As my passion for photography grew, I began to look at the magazines not just for the action but for the art form of capturing surfing in a still image. Most images you see are from some far of tropical destination, but this video shows a whole other side of surf photography. Inspiring to say the least.
I was really slow to jump on the smart phone bandwagon. I held on to my Motorola flip phone trying to take some sort of proud anti-technology stand. I finally caved and bought an iPhone and now I’m realizing what I’ve been missing for a while. This self-portrait was the first photo I shot using an app called TiltShift Generator. Since I’m not about to cough up $1000 for a real tilt-shift lens, I’m pretty sure I’ll be putting this to good use.
This has been a long time coming. The two biggest skill sets of my job are writing and photography. And while I do a lot of this for the magazine, there’s not a whole lot going outside of that. I’m online nearly all the time, keeping up to date on industry news, working on our websites, being as active in social media as possible without going crazy, but my online presence has been virtually (no pun intended) nonexistent. One way to look at it; there’s been a lot of input but no output. A kind of creative constipation if you will. Honestly I have no idea what will make up the content of these pages, but I promise to keep it as interesting as possible. Maybe a photo here and there, most likely a few random observations from my very cool hometown of Whistler, BC. I hope you check back from time to time to see what’s going on in my corner of the world. Don’t worry, I’ll probably promote this shit out of this in the social media nerd-dom.
In case you’re wondering not all photos posted on here will be this gloomy and depressing. It’s just one of the last shoots I went on as I walked around Whistler on a foggy Sunday afternoon.