20/04/2013 | by Youri Barneoud
Dean ‘Blotto’ Gray has been documenting snowboarding for ever and he is without a doubt one of the most respected photographers out there. His ability to create a surrealistic atmosphere, or at the opposite take the essence of a glimpse of a moment, are unique. For his first entry in our Behind The Shot feature, he chose to picture the quiet, peaceful moment that you can get killing time in AK between two big mountain sessions. Get in the head of Blotto now!
The pleasure of documenting snowboarding is the unlimited possibilities for fun, creativity and travel, all of which cure boredom, promote productivity and enhance adventure in our everyday lives.
Gigi Rüf, Hippy Hopping in Haines, Alaska.
Camera: Hasselblad 203FE
Lens: 80 mm
Film : Provia F100
The pleasure of documenting snowboarding is the unlimited possibilities for fun, creativity and travel, all of which cure boredom, promote productivity and enhance adventure in our everyday lives. Some of these missions bring you to sleepy mountain towns where people go to get away from the everyday hustle and stress of over populated cities; finding refuge and a mellow existence around limited numbers of humans. However, a handful of these sleepy mountain towns conceal just the right amount of snowfall and terrain features that snowboarders are looking to explore, ride and document.
Haines, Alaska has long been a destination for shredders who strive to find a new line, push the envelope of riding and fill out video parts. This Southeast Alaska town has played host to many film crews over the years, most notably Absinthe Films and their band of riders, who’ve certainly left their stamp on the town and the mountains.
While most of the riding happens in the hills, we’ve occasionally found ourselves with time to kill while chilling around the hotel as the newest storms reset the mountains. Longtime Absinthe rider Gigi Rüf saw a good opportunity for a few ‘hippy hops’ over the yellow barricade outside the Thunderbird Hotel, so I used a Hasselblad 203FE with 80mm lens and Provia 100F film. After the action session, a few of us went exploring around the shore line, locating a snowed in Volkswagen Beetle, among other items in this mini junk yard. The same camera and roll of film was used for the portrait. As you can see, the skies and mountains look clear and ready go, but it’s the range to the North we were patiently waiting on a reset.
Check Blotto’s awesome work on his website, and follow him on Instragram/Twitter: @deanblottogray.
For previous Behind The Shot, check here.