|Grant Gunderson, a Bellingham-based ski photographer, has been published in every major ski publication worldwide, including Ski, Skiing, Powder, Outside and many foreign titles. Powder Magazine describes Grant “as one of the world’s top action sports photographers.”
MBE: Tell us a little about yourself.
MBE: How long have you been skiing?
MBE: How did you get into the business of ski and sports photography?
MBE: How did it turn from you taking pictures of friends to magazines buying from you?
MBE: What other sports do you photograph?
MBE: What did you study at Western, and what did your parents think about you becoming a ski photographer?
MBE: You’re photo editor of Ski Journal, you’ve been published in Powder, Skiing Magazine, Ski Magazine, Patagonia catalogs and Canadian ski magazines. Where else can your work be found?
MBE: You’ve taken photos of skiers in pretty damn near unskiable terrain. You have to be positioned up there to take the shot. That seems even more difficult than what the skier has to do.
MBE: How come?
MBE: How do you pick your shots?
MBE: What’s involved with setting up a shot?
MBE: Had any close calls?
MBE: Not only do you have to be a skilled photographer, you also need people to shoot. Is there a bar like the test pilot bar in “The Right Stuff ” where you find these daredevils?
MBE: What do you look for in skiers?
MBE: Anything else?
MBE: What exercise regime keeps you in shape?
MBE: Where are some of the great places you’ve skied?
MBE: How long is your ski season?
MBE: What kind of camera equipment do you use?
MBE: Are you hard on your camera gear?
MBE: How about skis?
MBE: You’re single. With all this travelling it must be hard to sustain a relationship.
MBE: How does the business of ski photography work?
MBE: Have you ever tried filming?
With film, it’s all about the flow. If a skier makes a small mistake, probably no one other than the skier will notice it. With stills, it’s about that one-thousandth of a second peak action. It’s got to be spot-on. I’ll go out and shoot all day long; on the average day I’ll shoot 600 to 700 photos. My goal is to get one shot that’s guaranteed to get in a magazine. Every day.
MBE: How much time is spent taking photos versus back in the studio?
MBE: How do you improve?
MBE: Have you taken the perfect shot yet?
MBE: Want to tell us what it is?
MBE: How many photographers like you are out there?
MBE: Any ski photographers you look up to?
MBE: The big question is, “Why do you do it?” There are easier ways to make money.
MBE: How long will you do this for?