Gian Paul LozzaCameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark IILensCanon 16–35 mm f/2.8ISO100F-stop7.1Shutter speed1/125FlashBroncolor Grafit A4 and Profoto B2 with Pocket Wizard radio slavesAbout the shotI had the idea for this picture last summer. I sat together with Nicolas Mueller and we sketched out the plans; when winter began, I started building the acrylic cube. Nicolas called me and we set a shoot date for March; he said that Travis was coming with him. I arranged everything with Laax, the ski resort in Switzerland where we were to shoot, and built the feature with help from the Laax shapers, who did a great job. Nicolas and Travis arrived just as everything was being finished, and the session started. At first it was really difficult to ride, but with time the riders got used to it, and more and more tricks came out. The whole night was just a dream — such a nice spot, alone on the mountain with a good crew, and we had a full moon. Thanks to Travis and Nicolas, Alex Schauwecker (my assistant), and Laax, without whom this photo wouldn’t have been possible. download wallpaperBiographyI’ve studied media and politics and am autodidact in photography, but I went through a lot of stages and worked a long time as an assistant for different photographers. My specializations are movement and portraits, including music artists as well as athletes. From my home base in Zürich/Zizers, I work for clients like Nike, Head, Burton, Zimtstern, Sony, and Opel. I publish contributions regularly in magazines such as Pleasure, Swiss Magazine, Lodown, Snowboard UK, Snowsurf, and Word, and one of my photos was chosen as the cover shot for Transworld Snowboarding’s 2006 Photo Annual. My work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Munich and Zürich. My recent book, Nature of Snowboarding, is my magnum opus, resulting from an intensive concentration on the theme of snowboarding over the past years. Instead of being full of high-gloss pictures, it provides an unusual view of snowboarding by focusing on the characters from different cultures and countries I have met on the scene. They all have one thing in common: a love for snowboarding. The book uncovers the nature of this sport — the life. You can read much more about the nature of snowboarding in these faces than in anything else published so far about the sport.