As a photographer, I'm making a photo-series of kiters surfing beautiful and unique lakes, rivers, and oceans. I let them surf places where they don't belong. For this photo, I asked kitesurfer, Babette, to join me at one of my favorite home spots called the Zandmotor. The Zandmotor is an artificial man-made saltwater lake and for the first time since it was created, it was almost completely frozen after a few rare winter days in the Netherlands.
Every winter, when the temperature drops below the sub-zeros, the Dutch collectively blow the dust off of their ice skates, sharpen their blades and wait for the nearest puddle, pond, canal or lake to freeze over. Our nation comes to a standstill the moment we can go ice skating and the last thing you want to do is go kitesurfing inside a lake and 'disturb' the process of ice forming. So, when I asked Babette to go out in the ice cold water and draw a few lines in this half frozen lake, we may have dashed and shattered some icy dreams, but it was totally worth it. A big shout to Babette, she stayed in this freezing cold water for over an hour and never lost it!
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.