The relationship between a big-mountain rider and a photographer is all about trust: trust that is built slowly, as each comes to understand the other.
The photographer must know, intimately, what the rider is capable of on any given terrain. The rider must share the photographer’s vision and intuitively know how and where to place himself in the frame. Both put their craft in the other’s hands on a daily basis.
Xavier De Le Rue’s relationship with photographer Tero Repo is as close as it gets. It began in 2007, when the two met at the Big Mountain Pro contest. The Finnish snapper told the French snowboarder he had a few spots he wanted to show him, and they spent the rest of the day scoping and shooting lines. De Le Rue was blown away, both by the photos and by Repo’s professionalism: “That same evening, I had these amazing photos on my computer. Since then, I’ve hardly shot with anyone else.”
Together, they have explored the world’s biggest mountains in search of the perfect shot. In Degrees North, the two share some of their greatest adventures yet, as captured in this personal gallery selection from Repo.
Scroll down to read Repo tell the story behind each shot in his own words.
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