This slideshow was created for the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown 2018 happening in Whistler, Canada, on April 12th, and presented to a crow of about 2000. So play the video with loud music for the full experience!
All 5 competing photographers (Chris Burkard, Ashley Barker, Roberto Alegria, Grant Gunderson & myself, French Fred) had to make a 8 to 9 minutes slideshow, celebrating our photography's body of work, with definite rules on how the images could be displayed, or not.
My slideshow won the Grand Prize and Chris Burkard’s the people’s choice award.
On top of being very honoured with this win, I am also very proud of the slideshow I put together. As both a photographer and a videographer, it was really fun for me to build up an audio-visual piece sublimating my photographic works. Yet it was really challenging to create something strong and enjoyable to watch that last nearly 10 minutes. Early tests were not so convincing, and finally, I decided to not worry so much about gathering potentially winning ingredients, but to create something I would just be happy about and proud of, attempting to bring something different, fresh and hopefully exciting. If it wasn’t for that competition, I would never have created this slideshow and I am now happy to share it with everyone.
-Brian Eno ‘Becalmed’
-Tame Impala ‘Power Lines’
-Tame Impala ‘Love/Paranoia’ (Instrumental)
-Tame Impala ‘Yes I’m changing’ (Instrumental Remix)
Skateboarders (in order of appearance): Adrien Coillard, Madars Apse, Ethan Loy, Andrew Brophy, Jeremie Daclin, Ali Boulala, Steve Forstner, Lucas Puig, Charles Collet, Mark Appleyard, Alfredo ’Blunt’ Franco, Sascha Daley, Jaakko Ojanen, Steeve Ramy, Nick Garcia, Flo Mirtain, Hugo Liard, Nassim Guammaz, Chris Colbourn, Remy Taveira, Karsten Kleppan, Sammy Winter, Conhuir Lynn, Jacopo Carozzi, Stephane Giret, Fernando Denti, Kevin Long, John Rattray, Glenn Bolland, Arto Saari, Javier Mendizabal, Phil Zwijsen, Rick McCrank, Brandon Westgate, Riley Boland, Boo Johnson, Stefan Janoski, Brian Delatorre, JJ Rousseau, Ricardo Fonseca, Aaron ‘Jaws’ Homoki, Omar Salazar, Alex Gavin, Dylan Rieder, Anthony Van Engelen, Kyle Walker, Daniel Espinoza, Tyler Bledsoe, Ray Barbee, Mason Silva, Evan Smith, Jarne Verbruggen, Geoff Rowley, David Gonzales, Greyson Fletcher, Pontus Alv, Cairo Foster, Felipe Barbugianni, Dennis Durrant, Roberta Trabattoni, Dominick Walker, Lorran Freitas, Julian Furones, Julien Bachelier, Rune Glifberg, Jimmy Boyce, Bastien Salabanzi, Scott Johnston, Marc Johnson, Bradley Sheppard, Al Davis, Jason Dill, Ed Templeton, Giovanni Reda, Tom Penny, GX 1000, JB Gillet, Aymeric Nocus.
Shot between 2001 and 2018.
All pictures copyright of Fred Mortagne.
French Fred's photography book 'Attraper Au Vol' (Catch In The Air) is available an can be ordered from umyeaharts.com (if you live in the americas) and on frenchfred.com (for the rest of the world).
A selection of fine art prints are available on frenchfredboutique.bigcartel.com
A little about the show:
The Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown is an awe-inspiring celebration of the craft of action sports photography, bringing together some of the world’s best to share some of their all-time favourite images capturing sport, culture and the human spirit. Regarded by many as one of the preeminent action sports photography events in the world, over the years the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown has seen some of the top action sport and lifestyle photographers in the game battle it out on stage, each vying for the title of Best in Show. 2018 was no different, with four invited photographers, plus one wild card entry, bringing their best to the World Ski & Snowboard Festival and sharing their skill, devotion and unfailing passion.