Tell us about the location in the photos.
The Crankworx mountain bike festival in Whistler, British Columbia, is the biggest event for gravity mountain biking in world. Riders from all disciplines compete over ten days in front of the biggest crowds these athletes will see all season. Not only does the festival draw the most riders and fans of any event every season, but it also has the most photographers documenting it. I love the challenge of shooting at Crankworx. It’s always tough to try and get unique images that stand out. These photographs from Crankworx, are my favorite shots I have taken over the years.
How did you get started in photography?
I got started in photography by shooting with my dads Pentax K-1000. He always had a passion for photography, and passed along that camera to me. Till this day, he still has a huge archive of slides that he had shot with the camera. He taught me the basics to help me get started. I immediately got hooked, and always took that camera everywhere I went.
With that passion, I studied photography at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. During my senior year, I was able to intern with the magazines that I currently work for, Bike and Powder. I feel pretty lucky to have a job where I can combine my passion for photography and the outdoors.
Does anything in particular influence your photography style?
Working for Bike and Powder magazine, I get to work with many talented photographers on a day-to-day basis. Many of them I’ve looked up to since I first picked up a camera. I’m inspired everyday with their work and the passion they all have for photography.
What photography gear do you use?
I shoot with Canon for anything digital and 35mm film. I also have a Bronica SQ 6×6 medium format along with a few different toy cameras like the Holga, Diana, and of course my iphone.
Are there any products you swear by?
I’ve just started shooting with the F-Stop Kenti when I’m riding. I have just enough room for a body and 3 lenses. It’s small and compact, I don’t feel like I’m riding with a photo pack.
What is your dream adventure photography location?
I’ve always wanted to travel around Russia on a photo trip. My Mothers’ side of the family is Russian, but I have still yet to go. It’s always been a place I’ve wanted to explore.
Name Anthony Smith
Location San Clemente, California
Featured In Issue Four - January 2014
Gear & Equipment Canon digital and film cameras, Bronica 6x6 medium format, Holga and Diana cameras, and an iPhone
Websites Website, Instagram, Twitter
Chosen By Lance Gerber