Danny ZapalacCameraHasselblad 503CWLens50 mm hand-heldFilmIllford HP5 Black and White filmF-stop4.0Shutter speed8About the shotFive flights and 20 hours later, I find myself barely keeping the eyelids open. I really couldn’t understand what was going on around me. All I wanted to do was doze off, but everyone had already passed out. We vowed to one another that there would always be one person awake, keeping an eye on the goods. That person was me, as I snoozed and didn’t snooze first. My head was bobbing back and forth when the crowd from a plane that had arrived stampeded out of the tunnel. Similar to herds of sheep on the farm, everyone was following one another in perfect motion. The unfolding scene ignited my passion to click the shutter. Pop. Pop. A few shots went by before anyone knew what had happened. Even I didn’t remember taking that one until we edited all the goodies on the light table. A great start to 21 days of two feet of fresh powder each morning. Hokkaido, Japan, is magical.BiographyFor the past six years, I have found myself traveling the world, compiling a unique library of lifestyle, reportage, and action photography. In the winter of 2004/05, I relocated from Long Beach, California, to a small Wyoming town of 300 called Wilson to document the making of The Community Project snowboard film. While I was there, I met ski bunny Lyndsey Wirth at a diner they call “Dirty Norieta’s.” Ever since that quaint morning, we have been hitched. Now back based in Long Beach with frequent business trips to New York, I bring this worldly experience and insight to all of my advertising and editorial projects. My work has appeared in a wide variety of domestic and international magazines, as well as on the covers of many slicks. In November 2006, my exhibit Body Language: A Celebration of Women was showcased at the Wooster Arts Space in SoHo, New York.