This photo was taken on a late afternoon in June, in my hometown. We had been having a great jam session with our friends all weekend; each time Bommel launched the ramp, he got higher and more extreme. The spectators went crazy, and the whole atmosphere was breathtaking. So I moved closer to the crowd, looked for the best place to be more a part of the audience as a photographer, and this is the result. In the evening, we had a great barbecue and a lot of fun. Thanks again to Bommel, an amazing rider and great guy.
About the shot
I was born in Konstanz, Germany, in 1979, and I grew up between the Alps and a large lake. Any spare time was filled with the search for new adventures in the mountains or on the water. After attending the Rudolf Steiner School in Wahlwies and serving an apprenticeship as a carpenter, I moved to Bielefeld in 2004 to study photography, media, and art.
My main focus lies in lifestyle photography in connection with action and fashion images. With the establishment of the floriangrill.com Studio in Hamburg in 2007, I will further develop this concept in the high-end area with — among other equipment — the Hasselblad H3D camera system. So far I have shot action photos for Etnies, Eastern Bikes, TSG/Titus, Twenty Inch Magazine, and Ride BMX Magazine UK, among others, and I won the Schlueschen-Stiftung award for sport photography in both 2005 and 2006. In the future, I wish to be able to continue to cooperate with such great people and to pursue my passion of photography.