You’ve become the official photographer of Antti’s projects. What are the best things about traveling with his crew?
– It must be the atmosphere of doing. We work really determinedly and enthusiastically no matter of the weather or the situation. Of course the most important thing is the crew–it has to work really well together. We have lots of fun and still the job gets done.
With Relate to It you were almost constantly on backcountry. As for a photographer, is it a privilege or a burden? At least it’s ten times easier to carry your gear with lifts.
– Backcountry is definitely the most rewarding part of this thing. It’s hard to drag yourself and your gear in the waist-deep snow, but every time it’s worth the bother. You get to be in amazing places and feel the lightest powder–couldn’t ask for more!
– I’d say the day at Postadsfejellet in Tamok was the best. Seeing the sunlight is definitely not self-evidence in Northern Norway. I think this was my third time in Tamok and my first time above the tree line. Hiking, building and shooting altogether took over 11 hours and I must say that afterwards I truly felt like we had given everything. But the pink sunset and untouched ride down–that was something…
You have been riding a lot at Finnish backcountry, too. What do you get out of it? There’s less snow and the mountains are flat–so what’s the deal?
– In the end it doesn’t matter what you are riding. It’s always about challenging yourself and having fun in so many ways. Of course I enjoy bigger, steeper lines and more importantly riding deep powder, but the most important thing is to share your ride with friends. That’s where you get the joy.
What does Relate To It mean to you? What is the big thing behind it?
– Definitely it means doing and not about intending to do. No matter what you ride as long as you ride. You can find the best part from everything, you don’t have to search the negatives things or something to complain. We just do what we want with our own thing and let everyone else do their own.
If someone wants to be a great photographer like you, what kind of gear should one have? And what are your most important parts of your set?
– Equipment come and go so the most important is to remember that they’re just tools for self-expression. A photo should always have a point or a thought you want to deliver. If I only remembered it myself I could have a good step towards better photos. It’s about constant development… But when talking about techniques I’d recommend to get good lenses to your bag. That is your cup of pencils where you pick the right brush and paint a photo you wish.
You’ve been traveling here and there, but what place you haven’t been you really want to visit? And I mean snowboardwise.
– That’s a tough question. I’d like to see as many places as I can, and none of them goes above others. But if I’d get tickets anywhere I want it must be to the Southern Hemisphere where I’d point. I’ll say to Chile.
Last time we were in Japan we got you singing karaoke for the first time in your life. What does it take to make you do it again?
– Hahaa! It was a fun night and I think I’d be ready to do it again. But I suppose it would need nightlife of Tokyo and good company!
Board and setup: Burton Barracude 61 & Freebird 61
Dream crew to ride and shoot with: The kind filled with passion and skill.
Best places to ride: Japan, Norway
Music: punk, rock, rap
Other hobbies: cycling in all forms, skateboarding and music
Last words: Kiitos!
words: Tuukka Tams captions: Jani Kärppä
photos: Jani Kärppä portraits: Teemu Lahtinen.