‘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. My Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/thelightingchallenge/