Frode SandbechCameraCanon EOS 20DISO100F-stop7.1Shutter speed1/1000ProcessMade black and white and given a little contrastAbout the shotThis was shot in Roldal, the ski area in Norway that gets the most snow every year. It’s also a place with really unstable weather, but if you’re lucky it can be pretty good. On this trip, there were two riders plus me as the photographer. Most of the hotels were booked up, so we ended up in a small summer cabin with no insulation. It was located close to a Viking graveyard — cold and spooky, perfect for creepy stories. Martin — the athlete in the photo — didn’t like the stories too much, because he believes in ghosts. We found a good spot on the mountain for a nice step-up, which we ended up building for two days. At the end of day two, as the sun was setting, Martin walked along the ridge of the landing while we were still down at the jump. All of a sudden, it got really windy, and a lot of snow started blowing around Martin. As the sun got low, Martin created a shadow in the snow that was lit up by the sun. It was like this for about two minutes before the wind just stopped again. It was beautiful to watch, and kind of made Martin’s belief in ghosts something to think about.BiographyI’ve been snowboarding for the past fifteen years, and it’s from this that my interest and career in photography have developed. Most of my work is based around snowboarding and its scene, which I have documented on and off for about ten years. My major international breakthrough came in 2004 with the cover of the Transworld Snowboarding Photo Annual. Since then, I have worked with various magazines and companies, including Transworld, Snowboard, Pleasure, Onboard, Methodmag, Oakley, Whiteout, K2, Burton, Helly Hansen, and more. In my photographs, I try to balance creativity with clean graphical lines. I usually find a simple composition that brings out the rider and tells the right story. This way I aim to create photos that are aesthetic and comfortable for the eye, and at the same time true to the riders’ personal styles. I also try to add new components to my work to make it more dramatic, lately including different sorts of flash action and a lot of backlighting. I like, however, to focus my work on being unpredictable and ever-evolving. I am highly dedicated to learning and am always looking for new ways to develop my skills, as there are always ways to improve both technically and creatively in photography.