This week, don't miss this Dan Medhurst shot of Sam Turnbull's boardslide in Italy.
Photography is the most accessible and intelligible language of snowboarding, understood not only by those who ride but also those who wish they did. 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.
Sam Turnbull, the subject of this week’s Photo of the Week, is a member of the UK DC team and a promising young upstart on the British snowboard scene. He can lay claim to being the first Brit to put down a double Rodeo in the British Champs in 2012, a year in which he also won the Big Air at the Championships.
“This shot shows Sam hitting a really massive, steep C rail in Italy, last year” explains Dan Medhurst, the photographer who took the shot. “We did a trip for Whitelines magazine into the Dolomites, which seemed relatively undiscovered considering they're in Europe. The mountains there really do look very different to the Alps (which is obviously where most Brits head to in Europe); we felt it had a Yosemite feel to it”.
Dan first shot snowboarding in 2007 when he went on a trip with British riders Will Hughes, Ian Ashmore and Schoph, also key figures in the cult snowboard collective Dalikafodda: “I shot a series of snowboard photos with them and one of them ended up being used on the cover of Document Snowboard Magazine” remembers Dan. “After that I got a lot of offers to shoot more of that kind of work and although I'm not very 'core' or 'scene', I absolutely love snowboarding and being in the mountains”.
Dan shoots often with Whitelines Magazine and in the past Document but his photographic background and bread and butter is more one of fashion, advertising and portraiture; rumour has it he’s shot Kate Moss! Still he grew up riding Dendex slopes in the UK and therefore reserves a place in his heart for the shred.
“I rode Dendex when I was 15 and then did a couple of seasons in Chamonix with a load of Brits when I was 18 and 19. Since being more involved with photographing it, I've also met a lot of people involved. Everyone is quite different but the snowboarding brings them together so you do meet some real characters and its great to ride with lots of different people.
You can check out more of Dan’s photography at www.danmedhurst.com.
Camera – Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens – EF15mm 2.8 Fisheye
Speed – 1/200th second
F-stop – F8
ISO – 200
Rider – Sam Turnbull
Trick – Boardslide