VISA WINTER GAMES – 1 of 3
MT HOOD, OR
Much of my summer was spent In the most unlikely way. I would escape the hot and humid heatwave of NYC - ironically chasing snow and ghosts of seasons past as a second shooter focusing on action for Winter Olympic Campaign. Another reason it was ironic is I had stepped back a bit from winter projects and was focusing more on commercial portraits but when Monte Isom, the primary photographer asked me to join the crew headed up by Atmosphere/ Proximity I couldn’t turn it down. This job would be the perfect blending of two of my loves - Taking pictures of dynamic people and dynamite action. Turns out that swapping boots for flip-flops would be a pretty fun summer of chasing winter.
In July Visa set up a private GS racecourse for Julia Mancuso and a private halfpipe session for Roz Groenewoud at Mt. Hood Oregon. 4:45am call times, new equipment and a course I’ve never seen make for interesting scenarios. Add losing you jacket in that matrix and it’s down right comical. I had been in the parking lot testing a Canon 1DX with Monte. I’m more of decisive moment photographer than machine gun motor drive shooter but I figured Julia Mancuso is pretty fast… In the process or running around and set my coat down. He thought I grabbed it. I though he grabbed it. It disappeared by morning. You don’t know frustration till you have to be on top of a mountain, with no outer layer, before the sun has come up…
Turns out Julia Mancuso is pretty fast, I mean really fast. There is the normal, human being passing you by at a brisk pace and then there is a racecar or motorcycle passing you by at full throttle – She is the latter. A few solid runs and changing some angles and it were over as the sun rose higher. By then, I didn’t mind that my jacket had gone missing.
Next was Roz’s turn for the afternoon. She was all smiles and pretty happy to have a halfpipe to herself. I was happy it was warm and the sunny, plus the clouds were doing marvelous things. At one point the there was a full rainbow surrounding the sun. I’m pretty sure everyone in the crew took moment to enjoy it.
I got to get back to my snowboarding roots by grabbing a transition shovel shaping up the first hit in the halfpipe and Roz blasted a straight air and after getting few good shots from the opposite wall and inside the pipe I switched it up to the bottom to snag a different angle with the 400.
All in all, it had been a long hot summer day… spent on snow.