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Behind the Photo Annual: Henry Georgi


Get access to everything we publish when you sign up for Outside+. shoots the, um, photos with SKIING photog Henry Georgi.

Henry Georgi
Fernie, British Columbia

Are you a good skier/boarder and what kind of snow-sliding do you most like to do?
I’m an advanced skier and an intermediate boarder. Currently, my favorite activity is backcountry skiing. I love getting away from the crowds, and enjoy the uphill work as well as the rewards.

Who’s your favorite skier to shoot?
I like to shoot with a number of local skiers here in Fernie — Steve Kuijt, Trent Scarlett, and Dave Hawrys. I’ve also done a lot of shooting with a couple of good friends — Frank Salter and Sven Brunso. Sven’s a pro model and it’s really a pleasure to work with him. Nobody works harder than Sven to get the shot.

What’s your favorite resort to shoot at?
Right now I prefer to work in my home area — Fernie Alpine Resort and the surrounding backcountry — because the snow’s usually awesome and the crowds aren’t too bad.

How did you get into photography?
I’m self-taught. Photography was a hobby when I was in high school. Later on in life, I spent a year ski bumming and figured I could make a living combining the two.

Talk about your photo shown above in SKIING’s 2001 Photo Annual.
This photo was taken in the backcountry near Fernie on an epic day. Sven had just driven up from his home in Colorado and was blown away by the conditions. On a day like this I really try to get that in-your-face shot that shows the conditions. The trees were completely covered in snow and I wanted to make that a big part of the image.

What do you look for in shooting skiing action shots?
I try to combine the action with the surrounding scenery. Being in the mountains is a big part of why I do this, so I really try to show the scenery. I want the viewer to think, “Wow, I really want to go there!”

Do you shoot photos with the intent of capturing something in particular or do you go through your slides afterwards and try to fit what you’ve done into the parameter of a magazine?
While I try to capture the feeling at the time of the photograph, I’ve always got “cover” or “double-page spread” in the back of my mind and I’ll compose to fit those formats.

What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had during your photography career?
This past spring I had two back-to-back trips. One was dogsledding on Baffin Island and the second was a ski/raft expedition on the other side of the country in the Yukon.

What’s the craziest photography experience you’ve had?
Trying to shoot in weather that alternated from driving rain to what could only be described as “styrofoam pellets” while skiing in Scotland.

What type of camera do you use?
I use a Canon EOS 1v with a Canon EOS 3 as a backup.

What other equipment do you typically bring with you on shoots?
An assortment of lenses from 17mm to 400mm.

What’s your favorite type of film?
Kodak E100VS

Do you have any advice for photo enthusiasts?
Shoot lots of film and shoot subjects that you’re really passionate about.

What do you see yourself shooting in the future? Is there anything else you’d like to do?
I enjoy travel photography and would like to get more involved in that genre. The Baffin Island trip was a travel piece which I loved doing.

Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
I’m super jazzed to get a shot in SKIING’s first photo annual.