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
One of the outdoor industry’s most published photographers, Grant founded The Ski Journal where he served as Photo Editor for over six years. In addition to curating his passion for the mountains, he has shot for every major snow sports, bike and outdoor publication worldwide including National Geographic Adventure, ESPN, Outside, Playboy, Skiing, Red Bulletin, Aka Skidor, and Kootenay Mountain Culture. He currently serves as a Senior Photographer for Powder Magazine and is Photo Emeritus of The Ski Journal. From Iceland to Patagonia, Grant routinely produces unique deep powder imagery and authentically documents the lifestyle and culture of mountain sports. Beyond his editorial work, Grant’s work is featured in ongoing marketing campaigns with top outdoor brands. He skis close to 200 days a year and when he is not on snow you can find him on his bike or trekking throughout North America and beyond.