The ‘Uprising’ Amateurs Mean Business

words:: Ben Osborne cover photo:: Duncan Sadava

It was no secret in the Whistler community that Deep Winter, the long-lasting photo competition that has jumpstarted the career of plenty of photographers, needed a refresh. The format was becoming stale—lucky for us, when the event was pulled, Origin jumped in with a refreshing new concept.

By pairing amateur with professional photographers, the event has the opportunity to shed light on what it takes to be a professional, while simultaneously giving new talent a chance at some serious exposure. With the event just around the corner, we sat down with each ‘amateur’ to chat about their inspirations for getting into photography, and showcase some of their work.—ML


Tyler Ravelle

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When did you know you wanted to start shooting?

I wanted to start shooting when I realized there is a story to be told about most things in life. From dirt biking to watch a sunset, splitting up in the dark to ride a line at sunrise to camping with friends. It all tells a story.

What do you admire most about your partner in the UPRISING photo competition?

I admire most about Mason is his passion for getting it. Whether on a surf, snow, or pow surfboard. Mason is always on a mission to get good waves and the best snow.

What are your personal goals/what do you hope to capture during the coming week?

I hope to inspire people to spend more time outdoors with the people that matter most. Being in the mountains with friends only brings you closer

Matt Sylvestre

When did you know you wanted to start shooting?

At some point in highschool I had a friend who was really into photography and I thought his photos were really neat so I bought my first dslr and learned how to use it about 10 years later

What do you admire most about your partner in the UPRISING photo competition?

He is a very hard working individual and it shows in his work.

What are your personal goals/what do you hope to capture during the coming week?

I want to capture and enjoy a really fun and unique experience.

Rob Lemay

 

When did you know you wanted to start shooting?

I’ve loved shooting photos ever since I was about 10yrs old and my great aunt Alice let me shoot with her camera at family parties. It’s the stories the images tell. Snowboarding just so happens to be something I love and trying to showcase it as genuinely as possible is a lifelong goal.

What do you admire most about your partner in the UPRISING photo competition?

I admire Scott’s drive to get something amazing in a photo. Even when he’s happy with a shot, he still fires until there’s something even better.

What are your personal goals/what do you hope to capture during the coming week?

My goal for this event is to learn as much as I can and push myself out of my comfort zone. I’m always looking to get better images and hoping to capture something really special.

Duncan Sadava

When did you know you wanted to start shooting?

I’ve been into snowboard photography for as long as I’ve been into snowboarding. I have a collection of photo annual magazines that date back to the 90s. When I was learning to snowboard as a teenager I was always the guy who carried around a camera. I was always just doing it for the photos though, I never really had any aspirations to be a ‘real’ photographer. I’m still doing my best to ignore the hustle and keep making photos for it’s own sake.

What do you admire most about your partner in the UPRISING photo competition?

Reuben is a true artist, and a storyteller. He thinks about the purpose and the feeling of every photo, rather than just trying to make pretty pictures. He’s out there chasing wild ideas, breaking all of the rules and doing things that have never been done before. He has a really unique style as a ski photographer.

What are your personal goals/what do you hope to capture during the coming week?

My goal is to create a slideshow that both Reuben and I are proud of. We’re sort of going out on a limb with the concept, so hopefully it works out and the audience can connect with it. All of the photographers on the other teams are incredibly talented, I’m excited to see what everyone else comes up with.

Vince Emond

When did you know you wanted to start shooting?

My journey into photography started with shooting friends at my local bike jump trail in Ottawa. In University I found myself editing photos in my Computer Science lectures, so I decided to alter my choice of career. It all took off when I moved out to BC and was given an opportunity to shoot the Canadian Olympic snowboard team on the Blackcomb glacier during a warm Whistler summer.

What do you admire most about your partner in the UPRISING photo competition?

I admire Erin’s ability to make a simple feature into something great with her creative wide angles positions. She’s got a unique way to create amplitude in snowboard photos that was showcased perfectly in her winning X-Games gold photo of Charles Reid.

What are your personal goals/what do you hope to capture during the coming week?

Over the course of this competition I hope to walk away with some new angles, some failures and some lessons learned. If my limits get pushed in any sort of way, I’ll consider my experience in Uprising a success.
Tickets are still on sale for this Saturday. Visit www.originoutside.com/uprising for more information

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