Rami HanafiCameraCanon EOS-1D Mark IILensFisheyeFocal length, digital15 mmISO100F-stop8.0Shutter speed1/320FlashWhite-balance flash, flashes with radio slavesAbout the shotAntti and I were finishing the long winter season in Ruka, in mid-April. It’s quite rare that the resorts in northern Finland still have enough snow to ride at that time of the year, but we were both super motivated to get some shots, so we decided to try. We stayed in one of our friend’s caravans for a week and rode the resorts almost all by ourselves. The weather is usually sunny in April, but it rained nearly the whole time. But that didn’t bother us — we did this log ride and a couple other jibs, and hit the big kicker. For this shot, we built a small kicker in front of this old, dead tree. First, it looked like it wasn’t going to work, and Antti almost gave up, which is not normal for him. I started to shoot it from the ground, but I didn’t like how it looked; I went to look for a ladder and found one tall enough to climb up the tree, so I shot the photo looking down on Antti. When I got this shot, I told Antti he didn’t need to push it anymore if he didn’t want to, but he still wanted to try a couple more runs. The next day, we had a great session on the kicker. It was the most fun and productive week of my whole season — and it ended up with a good party in Antti’s hometown of Rovaniemi.BiographyBorn in Finland in 1979, I developed my passion for photography as a young boy, observing street and nature photos my mother took in addition to her painting. While I never really knew how to hold a paintbrush the right way, a camera seemed to fit in my hand just fine! My interest in photography led me to study photojournalism at the University of Tampere. Only a few years later, in 2006 when working at Aamulehti newspaper, I was awarded Young Photo Journalist of the Year in Finland. My previous life as a snowboarder allowed me to live a dream life of travelling the world for the coming years, following some of the world’s best snowboarders of that time. Today, I still continue this journey for the sheer joy of it all. I have a unique ‘documentary’ approach towards new challenges. Whether documenting or creating, I am always looking for true feelings and uncompromising images. My sense of moment and true devotion to the story have led to the publication of my images in numerous international magazines such as TWS, Outside, Snowboarder or Flag, and alongside the logos of such renowned clients as Nokia, Finnair, Flow and Billabong to name but a few. If it wasn’t for my camera, I would love to work as a curator. Or I would be found simply enjoying a summer day on a boat with my wife and two children.