Krabbe won for his stunning slideshow that contrasted the curves of the mountains with the curves of the human body. He began his slideshow with a quote by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer:
“It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve, the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the body of the beloved woman.”
Using that as inspiration, Krabbe seamlessly faded photographs of human curves with ski photographs showing similar lines.
The result was a slideshow that was the unanimous choice as winner. This reporter spoke to many people after the show and the consensus was that Krabbe’s slideshow was the best.
In addition to the $3,000 Krabbe won for top prize, he also took home a pair of Salomon skis for winning the People’s Choice Award.
Revelstoke photographer Steve Shannon took home second prize for his slideshow Handcrafted, which showcased both skiing, snowboarding, as well as local manufacturing businesses such as Mt. Begbie Brewing Co., Trapper Snowboards, Big Bend Skis and Almond Manufacturing.
Zoya Lynch finished in third for her slideshow CO2.
The photographers had 72 hours to take their photos and edit their slideshows. They were shown at a sold out event at the Roxy Theatre on Friday, Mar. 7.
You can watch all the slideshows at the end of the article.
We spoke to Reuben Krabbe after the show.
How does it feel to both win this competition and the people’s choice award?
It’s very, very cool. I’ve never had any ski photo competition pan out like this before, so it’s really, really cool to be able to have this. It’s also really cool to do it in a town that’s not your home town, because it takes so much local knowledge to make this show happen. I owe a lot to Gord Spurgeon and Sean Cochrane for their knowledge and their contribution to our show.
You came up here from Whistler. What was it like for you to shoot in a brand new area?
I came out here in January and I shot a bit, so I knew two out of the three areas that we shot. Beyond that it’s just trying to make sure that you’re really open and flowing with whatever’s happening because you can’t control weather, you can’t control snow quality – so you have to be open for the whole thing.
Where did you go?
First day was Begbie Shoulder, second day was the resort, third day was Boulder Mountain.
Where did your idea come from?
I’m always looking for different ideas for these types of shows and drawing influences from anywhere else. I saw that quote in a magazine and ended up copying it down, or shot a photo with my phone just to make sure I had it. I thought on it for quite a while and it fit to do it here in Revelstoke, where you could shoot it in any condition on any landscape.
What was the most challenging part of this?
The most challenging part was messing up the start date and then all of a sudden realizing I had to start 25 hours earlier than I thought I did. That was on me messing up one or two e-mails, thinking it started on a Tuesday, and then having to start on a Monday.
What about the best part?
The best part is being able to create something according to your own vision, as much as you want to follow that, and then get to share it with a bunch of people who celebrate ski culture. It’s such a cool thing and I love to be able to chase that.
Here are the slideshows: