I drove by this location hundreds of times with my car and never noticed that this would be a perfect spot for a skateboard shoot. One day, I went on a location scouting tour through Innsbruck and took a closer look at the spot. When I was there I made a few shots and thought about, how I could shoot a skateboarder here. I planned everything carefully, from the time of day to composition and the clothing. My good friend Peter Mader is always ready for a shoot and a week later we met in the center of Innsbruck to make this shot! We drove together to the location and I showed Peter the spot and explained to him how I had imagined the kickflip. I prepared my camera equipment and took a few test shots. Meanwhile Peter warmed up with some flat tricks and did some downhills in the underground garage. When he was ready to do his kickflip into the driveway of the garage, more and more cars came in and we had to be fast. After a few tries he landed this trick and rolled down the driveway. When we looked at the shot afterwards, we were surprised how nicely the kickflip had come out!
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.