Ride Like the Wind

Photographer Stephen Matera captures the bold spirit of committed snowboarding
By Staff - December 11th, 2007

Editor's Note: 

Based in Seattle, photographer Stephen Matera has made a specialty out of capturing the fluid beauty of snowboarding in the context of backcountry terrain. Focusing mostly on the Cascades, the mountains he knows so well, and a handful of riders and athletes--Mike Hattrup, Byron Bagwell, Justin Kious, Andrew Hart, Marcel Dolak, Eli Roberts--Matera manages to create images that evoke the reason that we ride.

As a photographer, Matera looks for light and shadow as well as strong graphic elements for his images. These pieces come together like nowhere else when shooting snowboarding up in the Mt. Baker backcountry, a favorite setting for him. In the winter, when the sun is low in the sky, the steep rolling terrain in the area creates the synchronicity of light, shadow and form. Throw these elements together with some sweet pow and a talented snowboard rider, and the results are these amazing images.


epic memories!

What up fellas! getting ready to go hit up shasta with my brother. firs day in three years since i broke my back caseing a table top! cant wait to get out tomarrow. trying to show the old some vids of baker and how sick it is not haveing riden ther but a couple days.telling him to take another bro trip an hit it up. justin u sure are good with that glass, tell me how to get to some more video;s of you all at baker ton show him. anyway peac yo. hope to make it up ang gett a weekend in. gotn to wrk so plane it is up on thurs gone on mon, lett me know if ridein with u all for couple days works out for ya.theses mountains dont have that teran and snow. PEACE!!! ONE LOVE

Posted on January 30, 2010 - 6:23am
by Jesse Vanden PLas

LOVE the pictures

amazing pictures... I love snowboarding so im loving these pictures.

Posted on October 28, 2008 - 1:48pm
by Jordans

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