For any snowsport enthusiast, the prospect of finding accommodation a few meters away from the slopes sounds like a dream. That is exactly what was made possible when Ian Durkin and his friends set up camp in a parking lot in Stuben with their pimped convertible. Forget about the extortionate accommodation costs and trekking to the ski lifts; this is what you call a true alpine experience.
Starting off in Zurich the group ventured towards Austria, with a few hiccups on the way involving an expired number plate and some VW engineering issues, they eventually set up camp at 1400m opposite the Stuben am Arlberg ski lifts. Kitted out with wifi, a bathroom, and all the essentials, the van provided a comforting base for the group after a long day of shredding.
We also caught up with Ian Durkin who took the stunning series of film photos. Capturing film photography in snowy conditions can be pretty tricky but the shots have come out rather clean on his Olympus Style Epic and Kodak Portra 400 film.
How did you discover film photography?
I was born in the late 80s, so film photography was just photography when I was a kid. As I grew older and digital cameras became more ubiquitous, it was the tones and colors that film is able to capture that kept me attracted to shooting on it.
What inspired your Austrian adventure?
My friend Alex Yoder bought a camper in Europe with intentions of exploring the continent during the winter and snowboarding along the way. He was nice enough to invite me to tag along for a week and I was so down. It was such a fun trip.
What camera & film did you use?
An Olympus Stylus Epic and some Kodak Portra film.
Was it tricky capturing film photography in snow & have you got any tips for our readers?
Having a little point and shoot is great for documenting snowy and mountainous trips. You can just keep it with you at all times in your jacket so it stays dry and then whip it out fast when you want to take a picture.
When is your next big adventure?
Yoder and I have been chatting about getting a trip to Japan together early this winter. I'll keep you posted.