This week’s spotlight photographer Grant Gunderson talks about his trademark use of light.
“Last year was a tough snow year for most of the Pacific Northwest so when Dave Treadway and I arrived at Monashee Powder Cats, British Columbia, we where in bliss! They had just gotten over 3 feet of snow the night before so we had an amazing day of skiing and shooting. By nightfall, the skiing was still good so we broke out the strobes and kept shooting. When we finally returned to our vehicles 4 days later it took us almost half a day to dig them out!”
Grant’s trademark use of light:
“I pioneered the use of large studio strobes in the backcountry to shoot skiing as a way to get more dynamic imagery here in the Pacific Northwest where we are known for our dark stormy winters (my backyard of Mt. Baker has the world record for snowfall). I am also really known for my use of black and white. Back in the film days, I used to use a lot of film and processing recipes to bring out a lot of details on those flat light mundane days. I’ve found that I can use the same attention to detail to bring out a lot of depth in my black and white work.”
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