‘Live a good life and photograph it and the people in it’

A friend of mine gave me this mantra years ago and I’ve been repeating it ever since.

For me, it extends to living my life with good people.

As a photographer, the holidays can be such a busy time, usually people need their projects finished before the break and it’s always a mad dash to the finish line; then nothing in the first two months of the new year.

So I fill the winter with snowboard trips. They give me perspective, time to think. That time on the ski lift, just hovering over the landscape, that time on the mountain focusing just on your breath, the way the board feels under your feet and the sound of the snow crunching, it’s cathartic.

I’ve talked about this a little bit on my FB group too, but somehow the snow trip always comes at the right time, when a year is over, a new one begins and there’s time in between to get away from work for a while, to spend time with friends, to just disengage for a bit.

But of course, there’s no such thing as switching off completely and photos will be taken, even if it takes me almost a year to publish them:

All images from January/February 2015, taken in Les Trois Vallées, the world’s largest ski area.
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8 Comments

  1. Niki Fiala reply

    Wow, gorgeous photos, and that is one amazing place!!!

  2. Josh Thornton reply

    (((((((((HEARTS)))))))))

  3. Miranda Taylor reply

    I love how you capture the intensity of the sun on the snowy mountain. I can taste it, yum! I wonder whether you could capture the essence of the wet snow and smokey mist we’ve been having this week an hour up east from Seattle on the X-C trails in the Snoqualmie Forest. I’m going to attempt my first 50-K snow-skating race March 5 and really wish you could be here to photograph all the racers’ personalities!

  4. Brian Pridham reply

    Love these photos sir. Every month this year I am challenging myself to do something I have never done before. So far it’s been the Polar Bear Swim and rock climbing. I may have to add snow boarding to the list.
    I look forward to next year when you publish your Whistler shots from this year :) Whistler is an amazing place and near where I live in Victoria BC.
    take good care
    Brian

  5. David reply

    The first 9 photos test the limits of imagination and are truly a tour de force.
    They took me to a thrilling new world of joy and bravado and strength that your skill
    and vision made it possible for me to see. Thank you for opening this door
    and allowing me to pass through.

  6. David Ziff reply

    The first 9 photos tested the limits of imagination.
    I thank you for sharing your vision of joy,
    bravado, strength and beauty with me.
    You captured perfectly with a camera
    these two lines from Cummings:
    “(now the ears of my ears awake and
    now the eyes of my eyes are opened)”

  7. Andrew reply

    Fabulous photos Felix.

  8. Trina reply

    Love the photos. Always good to ha e a release outside of Photograhy.. For me , it’s mountain biking. Thanks for sharing

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