The idea of capturing this shot snuck into my mind as a side effect of producing a campaign based on an optical illusion called "forced perspective". Sounds like a pretty sophisticated technique, but basically, that's exactly what thousands of tourists do when holding the Leaning Tower of Pisa, with the hope of getting a unique photo from their holidays in Italy. There is something very similar for every single, or at least for many action sports photographers. Everywhere we go, and it doesn't really matter if it's on vacation, during a shoot, or just on some random walk through the city, our imagination recreates interesting pieces of architecture into an action sports playground. With a tool like "forced perspective", I felt I could push it a little further, bending reality and bringing the athlete to an absolutely surreal environment.
The wait is over and we can finally share the first new images of this year's Red Bull Illume Image Quest! Every week, we announce the semi-finalists of a different category, so stay tuned for more mind-blowing images.