Espen LystadCameraHasselblad 501 CMLensCarl Zeiss 4/120 CFIFilmKodak Tri-X 400F-stop5.6Shutter speed1/500FilterOrangeAbout the shotIn December 2004, I was shooting a story in Eastern Europe with Travis Parker, Andrew Crawford, and filmer Jake Price. The snow conditions were terrible — there was hardly any snow at all — and, at one point, we ended up in Zakopane, Poland. We were looking for things to jib right next to the road when we saw this old local lady sitting at a bus station. Travis and Andrew sat down and started talking to her, but language barriers made it impossible for them to understand each other. I asked the woman if I could take a photo, and she made a gesture that meant yes. Even if she didn’t understand English, she got so excited after the first photo that she turned to Andrew and gave him a big kiss on his cheek. That’s when I caught the moment in this photo.BiographyAs a photographer, I’m self-taught. I picked up my first SLR camera in 1993 and started shooting photos inspired by all those great photographers from Magnum. In 1998 I moved on to start shooting snowboarding, and I turned professional the same year. My photo philosophy is “less is more,” and my favorite way of making photos is with film and natural light. My areas of specialization in addition to snowboarding are documentary, lifestyle, portrait, and travel. I am senior photographer for Snowboarder Magazine and team photographer for Head Snowboards. I submit to snowboard magazines worldwide, and my photos have made the covers of fine publications like Snowboarder Magazine, Transworld Snowboarding, Onboard, Pleasure, Snowplanet, Document Snowboard, Playboard, Fri Flyt, Freerun, Droppi, Deska Snowboarding, Snowboard Italy, and Board Russia. My work has also appeared in magazines like Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, Lodown, and Reload. I’ve contributed to international ads for a number of snowboard companies, as well as Arnette, Oakley, Dragon, Volcom, Billabong, Quiksilver, DVS, Westbeach, Airwalk, Sole Technology, Sweet, and Nokia, among others.