Here are the selected images that made my finial edit from the Anthony Lakes trip.
1. Aubrey Lyon 2. Travis Rockwell 3. Travis Rockwell 4. Aubrey Lyon
This year I was asked by Travis Rockwell to join him and his skiing crew on their backcountry trip to Anthony Lakes in Oregon. About five hours east of Portland, OR Anthony Lakes sits in the Umatilla National Forest surrounded by lakes and high peaks. I met up seven guys total who love to snow camp and ride in deep powder. For three days we hiked around looking for fresh lines and nice photo ops. This place is amazing and is the perfect get away for winter or summer camping. I love living in Oregon. I have to say these hikes beat me to the ground with exhaustion but it was so worth it. My dog Zephyr also came along. He had a stellar time playing with the other dogs in camp and running around the frozen lakes like a wild wolf.
For my photo set-ups I used all natural light with a 16-35mm and a 70-200mm hand held. I packed light, as my focus was to mostly ride and get photos on the side, which is hard.
Jared below photographing skier Travis Rockwell photo by Jon Welter
Jared below photographing above skier Aubrey Lyon: photo by Jon Welter
Yours truly snowboarding
Left: Jared Birt, Jonny Muirhead, Todd Struble, Jon Welter, Shaun Harris, Aubrey Lyon, Travis Rockwell
Vans Custom Culture is a yearly art competition that started last year to promote creative expression among youth culture while supporting art in high schools across the US. Programs that support art in schools and creative culture in the community is very important to me. I love what Vans has done for the west coast and what they continue to do across the globe. They inspire me to think past what I simply am and to open up that box of possibilities and growth. Check out their site for more info. vans.com/customculture
I took this portrait while shooting for Warner Pacific last week. This photo had nothing to do with the purpose of the shoot other than my intent to always take portraits wherever I go for personal work. It's always nice to have your mind focused on one-two tasks while working but to then be thinking " how can I use this as personal work also"? Its a responsibility to yourself and something I will continue to do.
Imago Dei will be hosting an Arts Forum titled The Creative Process on Saturday, March 5th to encourage artists to continue on in the pursuit of their own creativity and art and to give them some tangible handles by which to do that. We want to encourage an environment in which relationships, rapports and connections can be established between artists which may help us learn to live and grow in what it means to abide abundantly and unabashedly in our expression of God's creative image.
The Creative Process Arts Forum will involve a panel discussion among six artists with a focus on the creative process behind their latest or current project. The function of this forum is not to showcase your best work, but to come vulnerable and walk through the reality of the challenges we each experience as we create. Each artist will be representing a different artistic medium, as well as a different artistic approach to the creative process. We hope to see a wide range of artistic expression so that we may glean from a multitude of experience.
Living in Portland I sometimes feel just like another fish in the sea in terms of being a photographer/artist. There are plenty of us to go around which is very cool. It's what makes this small town the place that it is though. It keeps me constantly craving and digging to find my little spot in a creative world. Yes it's hard and can be frustrating sometimes but I continue to shoot and work on projects simply because I love to.
Here is a preview to a cool film coming out soon called Press Pause Play about fear, hope and digital culture.