Patrick Lindqvist is from Chamonix, France, and shoots for outdoor publications all over the globe. He loves to capture contrast with low light ambience and flashes, and his favorite place to ski is St. Anton, Austria. If he weren’t a photographer, he’d be an eagle, flying high up in the mountains. Skiing Magazine contributor Sally Francklyn provides a few more details about life as a photographer, and capturing a shot like this one of Ian Watson in Chamonix, which made it into the magazine's annual “Best Shots of the Year” photo gallery (December 2008).
SKIING: What’s the worst photo moment you can remember?
When I was taking photos in Pakistan, I was in a cave shooting up on a guy repelling with skis over steep cliffs. Suddenly I felt uneasy. I managed to jump out to a ledge while the whole cave imploded. Rocks hit me hard on the way out, but I managed to stay on the steep ledge and was helped up by our Pakistani friends. I survived with a concussion. Scary moment for me.
SKIING: What were the snow conditions like when you got this shot?
The snow was great that day; it started to get warmer but this face always stays cool and nobody skis it. On this sunny day, it was side-lighted so Ian couldn’t resist going there.
SKIING: What kind of camera did you use?
The image was shot on a Canon EOS 10D.
SKIING: What do you like best about this image?
The thing I like about this image is that it represents the patience and sacrifice it takes to make these images. Many times I have hiked a long way in really cold and uncomfortable weather to score an image like this. Many times my athletes and I get skunked by the light, weather, or whatever it is, but now and then everything comes together and magic happens to create images like this. I think to get these images you have to be willing to put in the work and go the extra mile.