Photography is the most accessible and intelligible language of snowboarding, understood not only by those who ride but also those who don’t but should. It’s not only a catalyst for progression but also a record of how snowboarding has progressed: It can teach and inspire, as well as set benchmarks to which all can aspire, both in photography and riding.
This shot of a back 7 by Markus Keller was taken on location with the CHAMäLEON crew, in Whistler BC, by Vernon Deck. Vernon is not only the crew photographer and staffer for Volcom but also the producer of the movie and the accompanying webisodes and TV shows that will follow the movie’s release, this coming October.
Markus takes the lead role in the movie but there’s also a host of other riders from all walks of snowboarding that in Markus’s words he likes to ride. It is a star-studded bunch that includes the likes of Eero Ettala, Arthur Longo, Austin Smith and runs through to the legendary Guch, Jaime Lynn and Bj Leines.
The plot of the movie, as the title implies, is that chameleon like Markus is able ride with these differing characters, wherever they find themselves strapped in. “I wanted to show that I’m able to adapt to the different disciplines that are in snowboarding” said Markus having clocked up powder in Arlberg, Japan and AK, street spots in Helsinki, park laps in Tahoe and pipe in Laax and Kitzsteinhorn, to name but a few of the pins in his past season’s map.
As the movie will show Markus is not short on talent and can apply it with his own refined style to whatever finds itself in his path. Also like all great masters of the board he can read transitions with fluency and instinct, which is perhaps why he includes the title of World Champ in his stuff little cupboard of trophies. His career has spanned competition pipes around the world, including Olympic ones, as well as numerous movie appearances with the likes of MMP and more.
So watch out for the release of CHAMäLEON on the 18th of October and stay tuned to all the latest news and reviews on www.facebook.com/chamaleonfilm.
Camera: Canon 5D mark lll
Lens: 70-200 2.8. This shot at 88mm
Rider: Markus Keller
Location: Whistler BC
Photographer: Vernon Deck