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Photographer: Marisha Camp

Here are two shots by Marisha Camp. Her style is quite striking, capturing a wide variety of subjects and putting them all in the spotlight. She says,

I shoot portraits.  Of all the things I am grateful for, I am most grateful for the many chances I’ve had to step into other people’s worlds.  I shoot democratically- I light everyone.  I try to find the light that shines in everyone I meet.  Most of the time I succeed.  I don’t imagine I’m making objective documents.  I know that every portrait is, to a degree, a self-portrait.  I don’t fight it.  I need to believe that deep down, we are all the same. 

Her blog is worth a look, as shes a posts a great portrait of hers frequently.

Travis Rice:

“Snowboarding has taught me how to become empowered, but it has also taught me humility. I think there’s a lot of people out there with a lot of incredible ideas and insight, but in the end, that number gets greatly reduced by the fact that it takes going the extra mile and doing the hard work to see them through. They say, if you want something done right you need to do it yourself, the way I look at that is essentially the same – if you want something done the way you perceive it, then only YOU can do it. I’m definitely a big fan of manifesting your own destiny, but at the same time understand the value in asking for help. Having the humility to know that if you need help it’s often right around the corner… that’s a big part of progression.“

This is a quote from Travis Rice about snowboarding, but it can be applied to a variety of subjects, including photography. Its from a short Snowboard Mag article about Travis Rice, who, if you don’t know, is the premier snowboarder in the world. Check out his latest snowboarding video, Art of Flight, to learn more. The photo is by Cole Barash, whose work is worth checking out as well.

This is an unknown rider jumping at the Air&Style Beijing 2012 event. I shot it for Session: China’s Snowboarding Mag, a new snowboard magazine for China. I was lucky enough to go to Beijing this winter and help launch the issue. Check out our first issue at issuu.com/sessionchina

Also, this is one of my entries for the Red Bull Illume contest. If you haven’t entered yet, the deadline is Tuesday. redbullillume.com

Bryn Hughes Interview on Freeskier

Bryn Hughes is a senior photographer at Freeskier and they posted a quick little interview about what its like to be a ski photographer. Here’s my favorite answers:

The best thing about shooting photos for a living has to be the entourage of supermodels wanting to please you in any way, just to have a chance to get at your huge bank account…

To the aspiring action sports photographer, I’d say keep it fun, don’t worry about having the best gear, work with what you have and only show your best photos.

Check it out at Freeskier.com. And here’s his winning slideshow from the 2011 Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival.

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Happy Gaper Day!!

Today is Gaper Day in ski towns across North America, except Utah (in Utah they celebrate Clown Day, same party, different outfits). Ski town locals celebrate Gaper Day by dressing up in ridiculous outfits based on the clueless tourist. For example, those tourists who ski in jeans and cowboy hats in blizzard conditions, and then get frost bite. Along with playing dress-up, alcohol flows freely.

Here are some shots of friends from a Gaper Day years ago in Breckenridge, Colorado. Jess was not dressed for the occasion, but still posed for me anyways. Happy Gaper Day and welcome to Photo Everyone.

-Sam

I just got back from a trip to Mt Hood in Oregon. I was shooting for Session, our new Chinese snowboarding mag. We were shooting the Chinese National Snowboarding Team as they were gearing up for the upcoming season. The year’s first event is this week at Cardrona in New Zealand. The long road to the Sochi 2014 Olympics for these athletes is heating up. This is Tong Tong in the High Cascade superpipe performing a cab 7.

I remember being so upset because that novel accounted for probably half of the pages I’d ever written in my entire lifetime. Whereas a couple years ago I threw out a novel, and it was just a small portion of the pages that I had even written in that year.” The lesson? The more you do, the more you know you’re capable of. “You write a bad novel. So what? You just write a better one.
—  from an interview with Simon Rich, a prolific writer.