This week Danny Burrows catches up with Matt Georges and questions him about life behind the lens.
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.
Each week Danny Burrows asks a pro photographer to choose a shot from their archives and divulge its worth of a thousand words.
This week I tracked down French photographer Matt Georges, senior photographer for Onboard magazine, and asked him to answer a few questions on his life on the road as a snapper of snowboarding.
Years shooting snowboarding? 9.
Favourite country to shoot and ride? Japan.
Most used piece of camera kit while traveling? Nikon FM2 and Contax G2 (Mamya 7 as well).
The trip you'd most like to do again? Boat trip into the Arctic Sea, far up north in Norway, shredding the Lyngen Alps.
Flash gear while travelling: Carry it or work with natural light? Two Elinchrom batteries and a small Canon Cobra flash; but I don’t always carry them in the mountains. I'm definitely keener to work with natural ambient light. That pushes you to be creative.
Best couch surf experience? Riding pow with the Car Danchi crew, in Japan and sleeping on the couch in their vans for two weeks when it's puking snow every night!
Annual air miles accrued?No idea. I’m really bad at that. I should check it more often.
Weight of equipment on a trip? Flying: Board bag+ Wheelie bag+ Photo bag+ laptop, chargers, hard drives = 80kg. Driving: Board bag+ Wheelie bag+ Photo bag+ Flash bag+ tripod, studio gear+ laptop, chargers, hard drives + Skateboard= 121kg.
Best travel camera bag ever? Definitely BURTON camera bags! Thanks Birgit (Burton Euro PR manager) for the constant support over the years!
Overweight luggage charges in a year? Around €1500.
The best bar in the world and the worst place for food? Anywhere on top of a peak with fresh beer watching the sunset after a long day in the backcountry. Sounds really cheesy, but so good to be up there rather than in a noisy bar, surrounded by Après-skiers! Andorra was by far the worst place for food. That's weird because Spanish food is usually really good.
Best kicker built but never ridden? Stranda, Norway with Absinthe, fjord view in the background, surrounded by mountains. We built for at least 5 days, in a week of snow, rain, wind, rain, snow, sun and more wind! After 10 days waiting for good conditions we gave up and hammered ourselves with strong alcohol at the local bar.
Annual cost of replacing camera equipment? Not much, probably €500 to fix all broken stuff each year. Then every once in a while around €6000 to get new cameras and photo gear.
Urban trip or a backcountry mission? POW mission!
Spot that you most want to shoot but haven't? Alaska!
Spot that should never be shot again? Avoriaz’s famous road gap! It has been shot way too much but unfortunately I haven't had this privilege yet; I really want to get my chance too even if we should definitely not do it again.
Days spent riding for yourself? 5.
Was it all worth it? At the end of each winter I'm so burned out, but of course it's worth it, otherwise I definitely wouldn’t do it.
Camera : Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
Lens : Canon 70-200mm 2.8
Speed : 1/1000th
F-stop : f6.3
ISO : 100
Rider : JP Solberg &Tadashi Fuse drinking green tea
Trick : Bs7 / Tea
Location : Hokkaido, Japan
Photographer : Matt Georges
Website : www.mattgeorges.com