|Recently you have been shooting and experimenting with Large Format Film cameras, why are you changing it up, especially since you have been so successful with digital photography of action sports and snowboarding?
I think the reason why I started to shoot large-format-photography was because I was a little bit over the digital workflow. With a digital camera, you make hundreds of images per day and you loose a bit of the value one single images has. With a large format camera it’s totally different, if you shoot like 5 images per day than it’s a lot. It takes about 10 minutes until you have set up the camera and you can hardly move it, once it’s set up, so you really have to pre-visualize your shot. Long story short – this camera slows you down and it gave me back a little bit of the joy that was the reason why I started to take photos. I guess it’s a bit like fly-fishing for other people. It doesn’t really matter if you catch something, but that you are doing it is important. And overall it’s just a great pure camera!
You can see your new type of Film photography work on the new Nitro TEAM EXPOSURE Snowboard series. Can you please walk us through the concept and ideas behind these photos – why did you pick these photographs?
The images have no special „theme“ like for example in the last years „double exposures“ board graphics, but they are all just images that mean a lot to me and it’s a selection of images that I thought, would be great to have framed and hung on a wall“.
You have used a very old and special photo processing technique to develop these photos, could you please walk us through how you do this and why this process is interesting for you?
I used two alternative printing processes that were first developed in 1842 named Cyanotype and Van Dyke process. They pretty much work almost the same, just with different chemicals that result in either a blue color print or a sepia color print.
This is how it works:
1. Paint chemicals with a brush on a peace of watercolor paper to make it sensitive to UV-light sources, like the sun and let it dry.
2. Put a negative on that piece of paper and put it in the sun
3. Wash out the unexposed chemicals under running tap-water
That’s pretty much it, in detail it’s a bit more complicated, but I guess we don’t have the space here. There are a lot of good tutorials on youtube if you are really interested.
Basically you make paper sensitive to the sunlight and than you print only with the power of the sun. For me this is a very pure and honest way of printing an image.
What size Team Exposure board will you be riding this winter and what is the first trick you are going to do?
I’ll ride the 57 and the 59 depending on snow conditions and if I’m carrying my camera backpack or not. First trick will hopefully be a cutback in deep powder or maybe a method..
Any last words?
I really hope that people will like the board and that they will have fun with it – as much fun as I had creating the graphics for it! Thanks so much Nitro for giving me the opportunity to make my own board graphics and for being family for the last decade! Love you guys!