TWSNOW and HCSC Photo Workshop Recap and Best-of Gallery
TransWorld SNOWboarding and legendary snowboard photographers, Andy Wright and Tim Zimmerman, join forces once a summer for the annual Photo Workshop hosted by High Cascade Snowboard Camp. The workshop is an exceptional opportunity for campers and clients of all levels to experience the full spectrum of snowboard photography from the best in the business. The weeklong program has on and off-hill components, and wraps with a student slideshow and award ceremony where the best images of the week are recognized in front of a sprawling crowd of HCSC’s pros, coaches, campers, and staff.
We caught up with Andy Wright, an eight year veteran and the current Director of Workshop, for all the highlights from this year's workshop. Read on for his interview, and check the gallery above for all the best photos from this year’s session.
How are the days spent during the week of the workshop?
Days are long and start early and often go until late in the evening. Everyday starts in the classroom for two to three hours of instruction, before heading to the mountain. The on-snow segment is the most valuable because the students get to apply the things they may have just learned a few hours ago to a real world setting. Mount Hood is the number one summer destination for snowboarding’s top talent. Everyone riding the facilities, whether they are pro snowboarders or up- and-coming amateurs, are fair game for the workshop students to shoot. There is no other workshop in the world that provides access to its industries top athletes like ours. After dinner we reconvene in the classroom to help select, edit and present the top photos of the day for a group critique. This session is followed up by an exclusive presentation from one of the instructors of their top photos from the recent snowboarding season. Most, if not all, of this work has not yet been published yet, and is proceeded by a discussion of the stories and technical mechanics behind selected shots.
How many students were apart of this year's class?
Class sizes vary, we’ve had as many as 20 and as few as five. This year we had 12, with five returning students from years' past.
What other photographers were apart of this year's workshop?
Tim Zimmerman is the other cornerstone of the workshop and has been involved a few years longer than myself. If it weren’t for his busy schedule as the Photo Director for Mervin Mfg, I’m sure he would be the director. We collaborate on much of the syllabus and both try to stay true to the vision of Trevor Graves who founded the workshop in the early 2000’s (before digital photography!). Chris Wellhausen is the final piece of the trio that makes up the workshop’s core instructor base. Chris brings real-world experience second to none as the Photo Editor of Transworld. Every year we like to bring in some special guest photographers to help supplement with their insights and experience. But most of all, we bring these other shooters in to get an exclusive peak at some of their recent work and some behind the scenes stories. Aaron Blatt and Darcy Bacha are returning guests that we’d like to have as full-time instructors someday when the workshop grows in size. Bud Fawcett has been to every workshop I’ve been a part of, and opens the class up with a presentation of his seminal photos covering the early days of snowboarding. Other guests over the years have included: Adam Moran, Mark Welsh, Erin Hogue, Cole Barash and Mike Yoshida.
What were some of your highlights from workshop?
The highlight from the workshop, for me, is seeing the most photographed mountain in the history of snowboarding, captured in new and creative ways by all the fresh and eager eyes. Even in years when the conditions are far from ideal, (like this summer), the shots the students come up with are mind-blowing. The amount of improvement from day one to the end of the workshop is almost always substantial, and is also a highlight to see immediate results from what is being taught.
What else should we know about this year's workshop?
I’m a firm believer that snowboarding wouldn’t be the awesome pastime it is today without the efforts of those who have documented it tastefully over the years. The images on the pages of snowboarding magazines and catalogs from years ago caught my attention and brought me to the slopes. I know many others who found their path to the snow through the same exposure to photography. Many of these people have gone on to lead the industry, either through their riding talent, engineering of the gear we ride, or basically just keeping from becoming skiing! The mission of the workshop is to pass along the principals and aesthetics we were taught to the next generation of shooters in order to keep inspiring people to ride.
Check out the full gallery of the best-of images above and head here for more info on the workshop and to dial in your spot for next year.