A French ski trip to Japan…

Some time ago French free skier Sarah Martinias contacted me to ask a few questions about skiing in Japan. I have been on 4 ski trips to the land of the rising sun and every time I go back I swear its not my last. Even though we hadn’t met, Sarah and I cooked up a plan to go shoot a story for French media in the Nagano region, as this is my favourite place to ski in Japan. With any trip comes months of planning, organising, emails going back and forth. I was to meet Sarah along with free skiers Fabrice Dompnier, Frank Bigourdan and snowboarder Marion Gouwy at Tokyo Airport, all ready to start a two week ski adventure deep in the Japanese Alps. I arrived in Tokyo the night before my new French friends so took it upon myself to visit Tsukiji Fish market. This is the worlds biggest fish market and it happens in Tokyo every morning, you have to get there early and I was there to watch the organised chaos unfold from 5am. Unfortunately the tuna auction was closed the morning I went but there was still plenty to look at. I find it pretty sad … Read Full Post

North Face shoot on Franz Joseph Glacier

Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited to shoot for North Face on a trip to Franz Joseph Glacier, on the West Coast of New Zealand. Franz Joseph is one of NZ’s largest Glaciers and at 12km long it almost comes down to the Tasman Sea. It was a trip guided by Adventure Consultants, with North Face team skiers Janina Kuzma, Fraser McDougall and Tom Dunbar. Being filming as part of The North Face Quest shows was Neil Kerr of NZ Skier magazine and mountain guide filmer Hugh Bernard. Armed with quite the team of professionals it was set to be quite the trip. We had a very short weather window and as soon as a storm cleared we were in the chopper on our way to Centennial Hut high on Franz Joseph.

Flying into the mighty Franz Joseph Glacier

Her ferocious jaws ready to swallow you whole!

Looking out over the top of Franz Joseph Glacier from Centennial Hut
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Sheep shearing and heli skiing

I thought I would share a few snaps with you from my past few weeks adventures. I  have been very busy over the past month and a half with heaps of winter photo jobs on. With two weeks shooting the NZ Winter Games for Getty Images, followed by a photo shoot cat skiing with  Queenstown Snowcats, then straight into shooting the park side of The North Face Freeski Open. Then a wicked heli photo shoot for The North Face, with Harris Mountain Heli and Aspiring Guides. And squeezed in between a catalog park shoot for Atomic! So a bit of time in helicopters and a lot of time in the mountains has made for a good productive winter so far. I thought I would share some slightly abstract areal photography with you, snapped from the chopper as we flew. I love flying over the Kiwi farms, checking out the landscape and stock roaming amongst it!

Flying up the Matukituki River towards Mt Aspiring. I love NZ…

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Snow Park shoot with Jossi Wells

Sorry for silence lately. I have been busy working with Jossi Wells over the past two weeks, shooting for the new Atomic 2012/13 catalog. Amongst this, local filmmaker Tim Pierce has been shooting the Wells family for his new documentary, Winter of Wells. It will be out shortly so watch this space. To see the trailer, check out Tim’s blog
So, Tim organised a chopper to shoot Jossi and his brothers, Beau-James and Jackson for the day at snow park, with a gimbal camera rig (a swanky camera mounted to the bottom of the heli, all controlled inside by the man that is Tim Pierce, and flown by incredibly talented pilot Alfie Speight, who has flown many a chopper for film shoots, including work on Lord of the Rings) It started with an early morning pipe session, with a perfectly cut empty pipe, glorious light and a sled for fast laps.

Jossi soaring while his brother Jackson and father Bruce watch…

Bruce zips Jossi back to the top of the pipe

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