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Red Bull Illume 2013

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Claudio Casanova: Close Up Finalist

Photograph By Claudio Casanova/Red Bull Illume

Athlete: Philipp Schicker


"The execution of a good photograph with a heavy 10 kg crystal ball turned out not to be all that easy. The great difficulty was to catch a perfect close-up of the rider within the 30 cm diameter of the glass. The reaction of the five handpicked snowboarders I chose for the project initially was everything but enthusiastic. They laughed at the idea and dissed my crystal ball. However, I quickly gained their confidence. The seven hours the shooting took literally flew by." -- Casanova