All cover photos are special, but what makes them special is unique to each image–a truth that only further cements the cover as celebratory. It is this inherent individuality that drives us at TransWorld SNOWboarding to further celebrate each cover released with a brief look behind the curtain into what it took to create the image you see on newsstand shelves.
On the cover of the November issue of TransWorld SNOWboarding’s 32nd volume is an image of Torstein Horgmo–who just happens to have a feature interview within the folds–taken by TransWorld SNOWboarding Senior Photograher, Andy Wright. Like all covers, this image is special for a variety of reasons. Not only is it Andy’s first cover of the volume, but it also depicts Torstein deep in the Whistler backcountry–where he has been pursuing a new approach to his snowboarding–one with fewer manmade jumps and a heightened focus on riding natural terrain. Continue below to dive further beneath the surface of this image with insight from Andy Wright, before heading to your local newsstand to purchase a copy for yourself.
Where was this photo taken?
This shot was taken in the backcountry of the Coastal Range near Whistler. It's a zone called Seagrams that people have been sledding to for decades now.
How was this image taken?
I was actually shooting from my snowmobile for this shot. Such is the case with most spots in Whistler, the best angles are accessible by sled and you can sit on the comfort of your backcountry couch while firing away.
What are some of the challenges faced on this trip/ with getting this photo?
To be quite honest, this was one of the least challenging photos I shot all year. Tor did all the heavy lifting, which isn't to say he shoveled a ton of snow while I sat there and looked at my phone. There was actually no snow to move, it was totally natural, and Tor just took a perfect line into it first try.
What are some of the unique elements of this image?
The light is the most unique because I rarely get to shoot backcountry shots this late in the day. Usually, the crew is spent from a full day of sledding, shoveling, riding, and scoping for new terrain for the following day. Plus, the light is usually off most features by 5:30pm. But for this shot, the sun ended up hitting this particular part of the mountain perfectly.
What is your favorite part of the image?
I like his trick–he's doing a real indy, which you don't see too often, and is quite a special trick for anyone who grew up skateboarding in the 1980s and knows that there is actually only one way an indy can be done–which is on a backside hit. I love snowboarding, don't get me wrong, but the day someone tried to call this trick performed on a frontside wall also an indy is not unlike the original sin that occurred in the Garden of Eden. Unforgivable!
Any other insight or fun story elements to help tell the story of the cover?
This jump kind of just happened with no planning, no digging and really no scoping–all of which is pretty rare for Whistler backcountry where everything has been hit, (not saying this hasn't, but I’m not aware of it) and everything is kind of a big production of shoveling these giant wedges to jump off. We had done that all day and were on our way home when we literally stumbled upon this. I don't even think Tor said a word, he just went up to scope it out and decided to hit it. Luckily I had an eye on him and was kind of anticipating something might happen. He hit it two more times, landing a cab 5 and frontside 7. Then we rode home in the dark and later celebrated the best day of the season.