During early April this year, Bike mag tore me away from the amazing alpine skiing conditions in BC, to swelter in the American South. The story is on newsstands this month, and is written by Kristin Butcher. Her regular column, Butcher Paper, is always a favorite read, and our words and photos had previously been paired on the pages of Bike.
The Coast Mountains’ massive vertical relief have caused a major shift in my previously clean cut experiences of seasonal change.
I used to have one season’s gear active at once: the bike in storage when the skis were tuned, then skis locked away with my bike’s chain greased. However, last week in my adopted home of Whistler, I experienced all of the seasons in a single 48 hour period. I skied powder, then powdery slush, and after a short drive I was flying over warm moist dirt listening to the freewheel ratchet in the wind.
I shouldn’t be so surprised to find my Albertan experience of the seasons to be inapplicable elsewhere. After all, cold never leaves entirely, winter simply spends it’s summers down south, as the two identities of mother nature carry out the yearly dance back and forth across the equator.
The vertical relief of the Coast Mountains, like latitude, determine which face of mother nature you see. A conundrum of every coast mountain outdoorsman fights through with when asked ‘What were the conditions like?’
Last summer was the most obvious of years to see these differences in perspectives on seasons. In late august I worked with Sarah Leishman and Katrina Strand in the alpine surrounding Whistler. Months after the lifts last turned for skiers we found snow under our tires traversing leftovers of La Nina’s masterful displays of winter.
Winter is Coming
Dark cold nights harvesting rotten snow from the urban landscape, thawing fingers over hot filming lights. Re-imagining the noble ski, as an instrument for creative expression in our cities’ alleyways.
Urban is Coming
Reuben’s Architecture and Interior Design work has moved. It is now found at: www.LumicPhoto.com and Lumic Blog
Over the past year I’ve been shooting a lot with Alison Law from Studio A Interiors , photographing her interior design portfolio for her website. This specific project was a special treat as Alberta Home Magazine picked up the story of the interior renovation, and ran a feature article in their April issue.
On the photographer’s side of things there was some special challenges, namely including people in some of the imagery. Alison and I agreed it would be a great image to have an image of the home owner’s children in one of the shots. Photographing children and interior design are two incredibly polar opposite types of photography, and capturing both in one image at once proved to be an interesting challenge. When photographing interior design you have quite a bit of flexibility concerning when you take the shot, things don’t move very fast. Children however, have split second unpredictable photogenic moments, and a very short amount of time they’ll be happy working ‘on set’. After a fair bit of coordination with all the adults we had on hand, we managed to get the first image of the little master baker in his element. At the end of the shoot we even had the opportunity to sample some of his creations.
If you’re in Alberta in April, you can find Alberta Home on the magazine rack, the article ‘Forever Home’ is on page 41