Michael Phelps is still the rock star among all swimmer world wide. Cool, relaxed, and kicking ass again in the water. Photographed at the Mesa Swim meet April 2016 photographed by poby
A story in SNOW MAGAZINE about helicopter skiing at TORDRILLO MOUNTAIN LODGE in Alaska. One of the most beautiful places to ski.
When you spend time with Eva, your day is full of happiness and gratitude. An early morning hike to the mountain to watch the sun rise and enjoy yoga and dancing. Than healthy food and rest and some evening swim in the nearby pool with a hint of glamour at the end. It was epic.
[ see how the color of the morning light changes in every photograph ! ]
Just another beautiful spring day in Northern California. Grateful to be alive and happy to share the moments. Life is beautiful.
And than, Michael Phelps. The world's most decorated Olympic swimmer of all times. 22 medals in Olympic Games alone. Photographing Michael Phelps was just a wonderful experience. He works as he swims: precise ( of course ), fast ( of course again ) and totally focused ( of course ! ). When he asked me how many times I want him to swim each stroke, I answered: uhmmm, four times ?
He delivered exactly four times each and every single move was precision. No correction at all needed ( yeah, as if I can make him swim even more elegant ) and I had to nail it in exact this time. No repetition. Although I love the underwater shots, my favorite photograph of him in action is the side view of his breast stroke. I pictured this exact image just before I fell asleep the night before the photo shoot. Backlit, with 8 HMI 2.5 k Film lights. It was very hard to capture the exact moment when he is out of the water and his hands are neither to far or to close to his body during action. Al this in the exact spot where the light was just brilliant. No repetition needed.
A series of life style images photographed for PORSCHE DESIGN
As a former pro athlete myself, it is always a pleasure to work with top athletes who dedicate their life to be the best in their sports. Nowadays it is more than just being the fastest or the best. It is a media world that wants you to perform on the top level and be a perfect person a the same time. Watched by millions on social media and TV these athletes are more than just representatives of their discipline. They are modern heroes, role models and and endless source of inspiration. During my career I have the so many wonderful opportunity to work with these athletes. It is always refreshing and inspiring to exchange with their philosophies. I bow to all of them. You guys are the juice for my own success by just watching and listening to your stories. Chapeau to all of you.
Foundation of Native Indians of Ecuador.
This is a project I did for several month each year over about a 3 year period. I created a library of images for the Foundation of Native Indians In Ecuador. For several weeks I lived with the indians of the tribes Shuars and Achuars completely relying on them. No phone, no maps, just jungle. These tribes are coming from the former tribes of the shrink head indians who did prepare the heads of their enemies after they killed them and made the shrink heads. It was an intense and wonderful experience, I am very grateful I was able to be part of. The locations were very remote and only accessible by small planes or sometimes only by thin long boats on rivers.
The oil and wood companies are destroying their natural habitat. The foundation is raising money so they are able to live their native life in a modern and environmental way right in the middle of the rain forest. I became friends with one of the chiefs ( see on the right ) and at the end I got the honor to be named by him in his language. The name he gave me was 'Nasse' which means: breeze, wind gust. They told me I deserved that name because I came and went and it always felt fresh and good to them. I was deeply touched by that, and still am.
Photographed with a 6x7 Mamiya and Kodak Tri-X black and white film.