Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am 30 years old and currently live on the eastern edge of the Washington Cascades in Leavenworth, WA. I love the PNW and feel most at home being amongst its culture and environment. From its love of coffee to its gorgeous and elusive peaks I have always found inspiration here.
How long have you been shooting photos?
I have been shooting photos for about a decade, five years of which have been on the full-time professional track. Besides shooting with an old Olympus film camera in high school I really started shooting with more intent when I was 20 and began venturing into the mountains with a Canon Rebel (film). How long have you been shooting mountain biking?
Mountain biking is relatively new to me and have only really been shooting it for 2-3 years.
Were you self-taught or have you had any formal training?
Self taught. Do you ride yourself? How does this affect your images?
I do ride; it wasn’t until I really started riding consistently that I started shooting mountain biking more. As with many disciplines, unless you are a dedicated participant there is no way to really appreciate the nuances that go into it, which can be directly reflected in the photography.
Do you shoot anything else besides mountain biking?
I spend a good chunk of time photographing skiing and climbing as well. Do you have another job as well or is it just freelance photography?
Just photography. What is your favorite thing to shoot?
At this point if I had to choose one activity and culture to shoot it would be skiing, but it is the seasons and variety between that keeps me motivated.
What kind of camera(s) do you use?
Most of the time I am using a Nikon D4 or D600. Is there any other gear that you use frequently?
F-Stop bags have been on my back for everything. Did you ever shoot 35mm film? Do you miss the magic of film or is digital better by far?
Like most, I started off shooting film, but only for a few years. Honestly, I don’t think I shot film for a long enough period of time to become nostalgic about it. Both mediums seem to complement each other and have their own strengths and weaknesses.
You shot the Red Bull Rampage for Pinkbike, how does that compare to shooting big mountain skiing?
They are pretty similar, but one big difference I noticed was that dirt is significantly harder than snow! I have never seen so many injuries in such a short span of time. Watching Semenuk drop into his gap/transfer was by far the most nervous anticipation I have ever had while taking a photo. Overall, I really enjoyed shooting the event and watching each team sculpt their lines and collaborate with the given environment.
Do you enjoy seasonal shooting, or would you rather chase an endless winter?
Seasons are key to keeping things fresh. Towards the end of every winter I can’t wait to spend time biking, climbing, surfing and otherwise soaking up sunshine. If you could shoot anywhere with anyone, who and where would it be?
Nothing in particular comes to mind other than visiting a new place with someone who knows it well. Diving into new areas and cultures with the people who live there daily is a pretty amazing experience.
What photo are you most proud of?
That is constantly changing but I really enjoy looking at my older photos. They remind me of where and how it all started. What photographers or videographers inspire you?
It is an endless list! Some of the more timeless characters are Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson their skills and patience for the right framing is amazing. Ragnar Axelsson, his black and white film photography of Iceland and Greenland is stunning. Within our own niche Sterling Lorence, Mattias Fredrickson, Jordan Manley, Christian Pondella and many others continue to inspire and find new ways of shooting the same activity.
Will you ever shoot video or are you firmly committed to stills?
I would like to say only stills, but the power and ability to tell a story in video is pretty appealing. Who are your main clients?
It is always changing, but I have been working the longest with Patagonia, Gore-Tex, Powder, Skiing, Backcountry.com, Rock & Ice, and ESPN.
Anything else we should know about you?
I always enjoy good quotes and advice, this one recently stuck out to me:
|Sometimes you work on something and it's not going anywhere because it's not the right thing for you. When something is right, your heart feels it... for young photographers I think it's important to find projects that you feel like this towards. - Evgenia Arbugaeva|