This particular cornice is a prominent feature of the Mt. Baker, WA backcountry and has been shot and published numerous times by several photographers. Seeking a new and unique angle on the well-known and often-published feature, I spotted an angle high on an opposing knob, knowing that the early afternoon light at the right time of year would provide for an optical illusion of sorts. After waiting nearly two years for the right combination of conditions, skier James Heim nailed this air on his first attempt.
About the shot
I founded The Ski Journal and served as photo editor for over six years. In addition to curating my passion for the mountains, I’ve shot for every major snow sports and outdoor publications worldwide including ESPN, Outside, FHM, Backcountry, Aka Skidor, Fri Flyt, Skiing and Kootenay Mountain Culture.
I currently serve as a senior photographer for Powder Magazine and field editor of The Ski Journal. From Iceland to Patagonia, I’m routinely producing unique deep powder imagery and documenting the lifestyle and culture of skiing.
Beyond my editorial work, my images are featured in ongoing marketing campaigns with such outdoor brands as Eddie Bauer, Black Diamond, Outdoor Research, Patagonia and Salomon. I ski close to 200 days a year and when I’m not on snow you can find me on my bike or trekking throughout North America and beyond.