Ashley Barker is a rising star in the world of snowboard photography. Only in her mid-twenties, Ashley already has many magazine covers to her credit and has done work for many of the top companies in the sport. Ashley is not afraid of lighting things up as well. PocketWizard VP, Dave Schmidt, did a Q&A sessions with her to find out what the Whistler, Canada based Barker had to say about her office(which happens to be on the side of a mountain), the gear she uses and how she is setting herself apart in the industry.
According to the bio on Sasha Leahovcenco’s website, he’s a “Soviet man” who was born in the former Soviet republic of Moldova. Today, Sasha resides in the relatively warm climate of Sacramento, California but recently ventured to the far corner of Siberia to photograph a local community who had never had their photo taken as part of the Help-Portrait project.. We were intrigued by the story and tracked Sasha down to find out more about the experience and just what it is like to work in some of the coldest conditions on the planet.
As quoted by Sasha, “We visited people who have never had visitors in their life, stopping by every village and tribe on the way, giving them warm clothes, shoes, gifts, and simply showing them grace and love. The very exciting part of the trip was taking pictures of the natives, printing them on the spot, and handing them to the villagers. This was the very first time that these people had ever had their photo taken. As we travel, our video crew will be documenting the lives of the locals who live in the harmony with nature. We wanted to hear about their lives, struggles, resilience and where they see themselves in this rapidly changing world.”
Canadian photographer Jerry Grajewski was willing to discuss a particularly grueling photo shoot he did under some extreme conditions. Here’s what he had to say about his work and the images below.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your work.
I’m a commercial photographer in central Canada with more than 15 years of experience shooting a wide range of commercial and editorial assignments.