Stuff is starting to go live from last winters work. Here is an ad for Outdoor Research from a shoot last winter with Zack Giffin around Rogers Pass and the Monashees, BC.
A few more shots, the profile was focused on Buck and his Argosy 26 which he parks up at Stevens Pass for the winter and proceeds to telemark ski 100+ days a year.
The exuberant and sincere Buck Cobb shot for the recent issue of Powder Magazine. The photo that ran was taken digitally but I managed to sneak in a few shots with the Mamiya…
It wasn’t until about 2 weeks into my travel in New Zealand that I noticed a visual theme regarding what had been catching my eye. I was thrown off for a while, not knowing why I continued to frame certain situations the way I was, but instead of fighting it I trusted my somewhat subconscious intent.
The result is multifaceted and I haven’t completely honed in the baseline but I know it is a gut reaction to what the wilderness is and will become to so many who visit it. This idea has been rummaging in my head for a while now but New Zealand really brought it front and center. Probably due to the fact that all over New Zealand are reminders of its tourism slogan, “100% Pure”, bringing people from all over (including me) to see this pure wilderness that hasn’t been tampered with by mans interventions. Which is true, New Zealand is full of very real wilderness that is absolutely stunning but to most who follow the signs and roads it is a very curated experience leaving a bit more to be desired.
These personal views I have about the wilderness and its inherent risks have been formed through a decade of searching it out but were dramatically brought forth, questioned, re-shaped and solidified by an avalanche I was caught in this past April while on an skiing expedition in the Saint Elias Range of Alaska. Although we took many precautions to avoid this avalanche had we been more observant to some other warning signs it could have been avoided, but because the wilderness doesn’t have blatant signs to follow it will always be the guide by which we must try to listen to, interpret and then work within. It’s this beauty and danger which we find between the black & white which lures so many in but keeps most standing behind the signs and on the pavement.
Above are some of the digital photos I took the last couple days when I ran out of color film and couldn’t find anymore in NZ.
Yuki Miyazaki, Sounkyo Gorge, Japan
Eliel Hindert, Pemberton, BC
Andrew McLean in the Saint Elias Range, Alaska.
I have been in New Zealand for the last month. Got home last night to some new film…
Super moon hitting Lake Ohau