Photoessay: On the slopes, Queenstown

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If you think about it, skiing must be one of the most pointless activities on earth – right next to motor racing. Both involve completing the same circuit (or piste) repeatedly. Sometimes with the objective of speed, sometimes with no objective at all. I’ve tried to figure out why we find it enjoyable, but honestly have no idea – perhaps it’s both the necessity of focusing on something to the exclusion of everything else, and the fact that it’s different enough from our normal activities that other parts of brains are stimulated. I remember having to work very hard at the basics before everything ‘clicks’ – and then you start moving at a much more intuitive level. I suppose it’s a sort of meditation, not unlike photography. Today’s photoessay is a series I shot at Coronet Peak, Queenstown, New Zealand a couple of months ago whilst taking a break from developing my landscape photography. I’m the sort of skier who learns off piste so he can fins something else to shoot; this time I used a Manfrotto Lino Pro field jacket to hold the gear – it’ll take a 645Z/55mm in one padded pocket, and a D810/Otus in the other. Enjoy! MT

Series shot with a Ricoh GR, Nikon D810 and Zeiss 1.4/85 Otus.

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POTD: Morning pistes

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Morning Pistes. Nikon D2H, 70-200/2.8 VR

One from the archives – I haven’t been skiing in ages. I think it’s the adrenaline rush that does it for me; what other sport (except skydiving) allows you to go this fast without an engine? Next year, year after…I keep promising myself but life, work and everything else get in the way. It’s important to remember to take time out to relax, observe your surroundings and be inspired again – especially for somebody involved in the visual arts. Perhaps creativity in accounting or tax is best avoided, though. MT