After a long, overcast training day during the 26 Trix in Leogang, Austria, most of the riders had gone back to the hotel. As the sun set, the clouds cleared and created a stunning last light that mixed perfectly with the surrounding snow covered mountain range. Jamie Goldman, one of the remaining riders, stayed to launch some huge tricks. My plan was to incorporate the spectators, Jamie, and the high peaks all into the shot. Thanks, Jamie! And thanks to Tarek Rasouli for putting this awesome event together.
About the shot
I spent my youth in the Engadin, Switzerland, where I discovered my love for mountain sports at an early age. Therefore, it goes without saying that I started to explore the high Alpine on my snowboard, and I also participated in mountain bike races during the early nineties. Photography and expeditions have taken me to Nepal, Iran, Africa, North America, and the Caucasus in Russia. In recent years, I have climbed and snowboarded down many 4,000-meter mountains in the Alps and Morocco, as well as the 5,600-meter Damavand in Iran.
After my photo design studies, I worked as an assistant in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, and Hamburg. During this time, I became proficient in many fields of photography, including advertising, still-life, portraits, and fashion. In 1995 I decided to combine my love for mountaineering and extreme sports with professional photography. After seven years in Munich, I now work out of Whistler, B.C., using my photography talent for magazine spreads and advertising projects worldwide. Among my clients are high-profile, special-interest publications, as well as the renowned German magazine The Stern. My photographs have been featured in advertisements for companies such as Siemens Mobile, Jack Wolfskin, Adidas, GORE-TEX, Vaude, Die Bahn, Red Bull, Kona, US40, Norco, and Oakley.