In the summer of 2008, I was trying to gather photographs for a special black and white article and travelled to Montreal, Canada. I had the idea to make a photo article based on style and aesthetics, rather than action and performance.
I hooked up with a guy I'd previously met, Alex Gavin. We went to the stadium that was built for the 1976 Olympics, and I was blown away. It was imposing, amazing, and it's design offered original skate spots all over it. Alex showed me another spot that was next to the stadium. It was on a huge pillar supporting a bridge. It looked great, but the problem was getting to it.
Alex used a shoelace to tie his skateboard around his back and used his socks as gloves to get extra grip. I shot photos of the whole process. I was scared for Alex as the climb up was sketchy, but he made his way up there in true high mountain climbing style. Sometimes things come super easy, but the part of chance remains tiny. All the ingredients were there, they just had to be gathered and mixed up correctly.
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Red Bull Illume judges are carefully chosen from a global selection of the world’s best to form an international judging panel of renowned photo editors and photo experts. Choosing or commissioning great images is literally their life’s work – and there’s no one better to judge this epic global photo contest. Judges will base their decisions on a mix of technical superiority, composition, creativity, artistic flair and overall qualities of photographic excellence.
Best of Instagram by Lenovo
The submissions for Best of Instagram by Lenovo will be judged every month, first by an internal Red Bull Illume jury who will select the top 5 still and 5 moving images, which will be official Red Bull Illume Semi-finalists. These will be put to a community vote on redbullillume.com, resulting in 1 monthly winner for still and 1 for moving image. The monthly winners will automatically become official Red Bull Illume Finalists. In total there will be 5 still and 5 moving image finalists - out of these, the public will decide who is crowned as the Best of Instagram by Lenovo Category Winners. This category is especially for content that’s so cool you have to stop scrolling and check it out.
The Category Winners and Overall Winner will receive their beautiful trophies and incredible prize packages from our partners worth more than € 100,000. Some of the prizes include the latest products from global computing leader Lenovo, to empower even more creative self-expression; storage solutions from SanDisk to ensure you never lose a shot; as well as high-quality cameras from Leica and stylish photography apparel and accessories from COOPH.
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