What have you been up?
“I’ve been shooting a lot, trying to get the best out of the last few days of winter. I managed to shoot with the German Freeski Team, joined-up with freeskiers and snowboarders at Prime Park Sessions at Stubai Zoo, visited wakeboarder at the new Area47 wakeboard lift, and completed a Holi colors shoot in Switzerland. I also managed to organize a photo exhibition in Innsbruck that featured one of the most influential action sports photographers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Visitors where able to purchase every image, and we ended up donating € 2.000 to non-profit Alpine Initiatives. I basically tried to travel and stay on the mountains as much as I could.”
How much of your photography is instinctual versus planned?
“It depends on weather it’s a commercial shoot, a project I planned for months or years, or a spontaneous trip into the backcountry to have fun with my friends. I think the most successful and creative shoots are the unplanned ones – with a friend just having a great time out in nature.”
What motivates you?
“I love the variety in sports photography, and going to your physical limit to capture a single moment. That motivates me to keep going. My camera and my passion for photography opened so many doors for me and led to so many new friendships. In a nutshell – I’ve had an unforgettable time so far, but there are still so many goals I want to achieve in photography. That also motivates me to continue taking photos.”
Where do you find inspiration?
“Nature in all its forms. From the highest mountains to the deepest seas and widest countrysides. I love being out there and enjoying good times with the right people. I always try to capture those sometimes unreal and magic moments. Photography gives me plenty of opportunity to travel and discover these outstanding places.”
What has been your most memorable assignment and why?
“That’s a tough one, because there are so many moments. But being at Nine Queens years ago for the first time and being as a Red Bull Illume finalist definitely stand out as the most unforgettable moments in my photography career so far.”
Your dream destination assignment?
“One of my dream destinations during winter is Alaska. It would be super cool to shoot Alaska big lines and ski at least one or two fresh powder lines myself. The Alaskan countryside is full of adventures and free from boundaries in my eyes. I have never been to this mystical place. Hopefully I’ll get there someday.”
What’s next for you?
“After a tough winter season, packed with shoots and powder adventures, I’m off to Asia for some climbing and surfing. I’ll spend my whole summer there and try to find new inspiration for the next winter skiing season. I haven’t travelled to Asia much, so I’m really looking forward to all the new adventures that await me.”
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Florian Breitenberger’s winter wrap-up
Snow, ice, and the crispness that comes with freezing temperatures all add new dimensions to Florian Breitenberger’s striking images. We caught up with the former Red Bull Illume People’s Choice Award Winner to find out what he’s been doing these last couple of months.
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