Ben Ferguson with the best trick of the entire Olympics? Toss up between this air-to-fakie of his and Torgeir Bergrem’s sexual switch back 5 late Method… All photos: Sam Mellish (except where noted).
After three freestyle events for men and women, with 18 medals dished out, we bring you our photographer Sam Mellish’s bangers from the 2018 Games in PyeongChang 2018…
Now that the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang has wrapped up and we’ve had the chance to resume regular sleep patterns, we decided it would be pretty sweet to flashback on the highlights through the lens of photographer Sam Mellish.
Sam’s been shadowing the British team for a while now, and when we heard he’d be headed to Korea we asked if he’d be able to shoot the whole damned thing for us, too, which happily he agreed to oblige.
Unlike 95% of the other photographers who pitched up at the slope, pipe and Big Air contests, Sam is an actual snowboard photographer and therefore was able to include concepts so alien to mainstream pro snapper such as take-offs, landings, style and grabs. For comparison, check out some of Getty’s snowboarding photos – we couldn’t bring ourselves to go beyond page 1.
“Sam is an actual snowboard photographer and therefore was able to include concepts so alien to mainstream pro snapper such as take-offs, landings, style and grabs”
While snowboarding these days seems to be concentrated increasingly on video, the art of photography still trumps moving pictures for capturing a memorable moment like nothing else can. When you think back to Ingemar’s backside air, it’s doubtful the first thing you remember is the video; it’s that shot that nailed a bunch of covers: Ingemar frozen in time, perfectly contorted at the apex of his air.
While we certainly enjoyed watching much of the riding on live streams and appreciate the full story video highlights give, there’s a lot to be said for being able to nerd out on, say, the still of Ben Ferguson’s air-to-fakie (above), and gawp at the sheer size and style of it. Or, for that matter, those moments between the action that don’t translate the same impact as a still image can.
Anyway, enough of the rambling: here are some of Mellish’s best shots. Long live snowboard photography!