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Jan 22, 2013
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Taking the ski path less traveled

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Innsbruck, Austria

By Dominic Ebenbichler

The tragedy of Dutch Prince Johan Friso, who was buried in an avalanche while skiing in Austria last February and who has since been in a coma, generated the idea to shoot a story about freeride skiing and how ski professionals are trying to minimize any possible risks.

I’m lucky to have easy access to some of the best European freeride skiers as they are either part of my family or good friends with whom I go skiing with. I asked one of my cousins, Christoph Ebenbichler, who is a professional skier, if he would like to be part of this story. We discussed the riders who we wanted to work with on the story and the basic topics we wanted to cover, and decided to focus on showing the beauty of skiing in the back country combined with showing the professional approach everybody should have when skiing off piste. I contacted the skiers and they were all happy to work with me on the project.

Nov 28, 2012
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Demon face

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Heitwerwang, Austria

By Dominic Ebenbichler

Tourists or foreigners have to look twice when attending a Perchten festival in the western Austrian region of Tyrol. Some probably think there is something wrong with the countryfolk – dressing up like demons, wearing head to toe animal skins and wooden masks, behavior that could easily be associated with some kind of a devil’s cult. It just doesn’t seem to be normal.

The explanation goes back to the years about 500 AD. Back then farmers performed pagan rites to disperse the ghosts of winter to help bring a fruitful harvest. They thought it might work with terrifying masks which should scare even ghosts. And what is more scarier than the devil himself? Right, nothing! Even ghosts have to be scared by the devil.

Oct 29, 2012
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Shooting Skiing: Old School vs. New School

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By Dominic Ebenbichler

Growing up in the western Austrian province of Tyrol, you learn to ski very early in life. I actually started to ski when I was one and a half years old, which was almost as early as when I learned to walk. Every single kid in our country dreams of being a famous ski racer and therefore all kids are competing in kid races during the winter. I was no exception there, thus it isn’t astonishing that I now like to shoot World Cup ski races. The very first race of the season every year in Soelden is always a very nice shooting experience.

We used to cover this event with two photographers, but this year it was a little bit different as we decided to try cover it with only one photographer — me. We also decided to try to introduce a fresh, newer style to shooting these races. Most photographers were focusing on sharp, tight action shots, the style of the last decade of shooting ski races. Every single racer produces the same picture actually.