Kurt DeFreitas has been a favorite athlete to shoot for quite a long time. A packhorse, photogenic athlete, and keen photographer himself, he fits the bill for what a photographer needs and hopes for out of a rider. Kurt and I both picked this image as our favorite from the day’s shoot, and I’ve been keenly waiting to see which publication the image resonated with. Switchback Magazine’s Phil Booth made the call, announcing it was on their selects for cover use. A first for both myself and Kurt.
The issue also includes a double page spread of Sarah Leishman and Katrina Strand, and further, a single page of Katrina.
Switchback is an up and coming magazine in North America, it may be a little tough to find on the shelf in Canada, but I’m sure you’ll see a whole lot more of this mag in the future.
The Deep Summer and Deep Winter photo competitions have been a personal inspiration for many years. They simultaneously act as a creative catalyst for photographers, while annually setting the benchmark for creative vision. After a near miss at the wildcard spot in last year’s deep summer, I was fortunate to garner one of the coveted invitations.
Our team consisted of two long time personal friends and remarkable athletes Stephen Matthews and Sarah Leishman. Two established guys who aren’t afraid to step up to the plate for big hits Geoff Gulevich and Kenny Smith. And two mountain biking inspirations, Will Craig and Jackson Goldstone.
Our concept for the competition -synthesis- looked at the way mountain biking brings together nature, people, and technology into a beautiful composite. Our examination of the idea of synthesis went beyond the three elements, to look at the way our sport captures the minds and souls of people from different places, backgrounds, disciplines, ages, and incorporates them in a single culture.
Deep Summer 2012 -Reuben Krabbe from Reuben Krabbe on Vimeo.
Thanks to all the athletes involved, my assistant/packhorse Paris Gore, the staff at the Whistler Medical Clinic for tending to both myself and Stephen Matthews who crashed during the shoot, and the staff at Crankworx for continuing to put on this amazing event.
Check out Bike Magazine’s coverage of the event here
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.
I’ve been neck deep in snow and work. I’ll stop typing boring words to accompany this.
Simply a beautiful moment in Whistler’s backcountry.