Photo of the week is back with a banger! Danny Burrows looks at this epic shot of Markus Keller.
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.
Hot on the heals of last weeks shot from America’s summer camp Mecca Mt. Hood, comes this shot of Markus Keller by Lorenz Richard, riding Europe’s winter snowboard magnet, Arlberg.
When the snow conditions are on here Lorenz likens it to “Hawaii when the swell is good”. There isn’t a hump or windlip on the hill that doesn’t have a bagged kicker built ready for the coming of a bluebird. And on any given day you can find the likes of the Pirates of Absinthe filming here. This shot was taken during the filming of the Nitro movie What Comes Up Must Come Down.
“He is the man” says Lorenz of Markus. “He is never stressed, so experienced and gives you a good and safe feeling out there. Besides that I would claim that he is the best snowboarder in the world, because who can do doubles in the pipe, in the backcountry and on park jumps and everything with such good style? Scotty Lago come close, but watch his CHAMäLEON movie dropping in October and you know what I mean.
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon 24-70mm 2.8G at 24mm
Shutter speed: 1/3200
F stop: 8
Rider: Markus Keller
Trick: Frontside 5 nose grab