Mattias FredrikssonCameraNikon F5Lens17–35 mmFilmKodak Tri-X 200, pushed to 400Focal length, 35 mm30 mmAbout the shotThis shot was taken during a film shoot with the ski-movie company Teddybear Crisis while we were in Utah, filming for their self-titled (and so far only) movie. It was in February 2005. We had been working hard in the Wasatch backcountry for several days and had really good conditions, so we were almost happy when the weather turned shitty one morning. We slept in and decided to hit up the park at Park City. When we arrived at the parking lot in the afternoon, around 2 p.m., there wasn’t much time left — I almost left my camera backpack in the truck. I’m glad I didn’t, because a few hours later I had this photograph in the can. This photo was taken from the slow chairlift that serves the public park in Park City and goes above parts of it down low. The first time I went up with the lift, I knew I wanted to create this photo. It took a few tries, but it worked out exactly as I wanted. Thanks to Henrik Windstedt (the rider in the shot), T.J. Schiller, Niklas Karlström, and Ashley Battersby for their effort this day. This photo became the cover shot for Powder Magazine in October 2005 — my first cover with that fine publication, which I’m very happy for.BiographyAfter living in Riksgränsen, Sweden, for two seasons as a ski bum, I started my career in print journalism with Vertikal Magazine, eventually landing in Åre as editor of Sweden’s national ski magazine, Åka Skidor. But the meetings and the long hours in the office started to wear on me. So I hit the reboot button. I grabbed my camera, went into the mountains, and started taking photos. Over the next few years I got heavy into the whole action-sport scene. That’s where the bulk of my work is today: living out of a big, gear-filled bag, traveling the world to shoot awesome athletes, trying to keep my points up so I can eat free cake in the Gold Club lounge. I have been a pro photographer since 2000. Today my work regularly appears in photo-driven, industry-leading magazines like Powder. I also contribute to a host of other magazines around the world like Bike (U.S.), SBC Skier (Canada), Fluid (France), and Skiing: the next level (Germany). My humble services as a photographer and photo editor are also contracted out by Åre-based Peak Performance magazine, Transition (Sweden), and Magasin Åre (Sweden). And even though I’m a Swede and I can’t play hockey to save my life, I was invited to Canada in 2003 to be a presenter at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival’s internationally renowned Pro Photographer’s Showdown. I like tight-fitting clothes, electro, house, and heavy metal music, and women who like to rub my scalp as if it were a magic ball.