LOST AND PROFOUND
DEEP THOUGHTS IN WHISTLER, B.C.
For his second time competing in Whistler Blackcomb’s
Deep Winter Photo Challenge, Canadian shooter Rueben Krabbe set out to create something different. “My first competition I told the typical story of injury rehab, and of getting back to skiing,” Krabbe says. “This time I wanted to focus on the actual concept of deep winter, what it is and what it means to skiers.” To that end, Krabbe went deep—
way deep—waxing poetic on the process of “vernalization,” or how “from difficulty comes beauty,” says Krabbe, who’s been known to study quantum physics in his spare time. “I wanted to address how skiing is born of something as hostile, as bitter, as a storm,” he says. Along with collaborator Austin Ross and three local athletes, Krabbe had three days and full run of the mountain to tie it all together. His submission, set to a poem written by Krabbe and recited by Ross, took second place in the January 2013 competition.