A beautiful, transcendent film that allows you to experience a simple act, snowboarding, with new eyes.
In the first seconds that I watched this, I thought the director simply had inverted the lights and darks: maybe sent a snowboarder wearing black into the white snow; then flipped the values in post. But, as the austere grace of the surfer’s movement continued, I realized that such an easy trick was impossible.
No, this is actually filmed at night — with the guy wearing a self-illuminated snowsuit. Awesome.
Fashion photographer Jacob Sutton swaps the studio for the slopes of south-eastern France, with a luminous after hours short starring Artec pro snowboarder William Hughes.
Hughes light up the snow-covered French hills in a bespoke L.E.D.-enveloped suit courtesy of designer and electronics whiz John Spatcher.
“I was drawn to the idea of a lone character made of light surfing through darkness,” says Sutton. “It seemed like an exciting idea to make the subject of the film the only light source.”
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