NEW MEDIA SITE LAUNCH. It’s hard to prioritize telling our story when you’re job is to tell stories for clients but we’re proud of what we do and can’t wait to share our work in new website form.
SOCKS, BACKPACKS, & ROCKETS. We’re also excited to share recent work with Smartwool, Deuter, and a rocket launch with Airstream. We love shooting such a vast range of product and terrain but the real gems of the trips are the are the amazing communities of interesting people we meet along the way. Read more about our adventures below.
JAKE BURTON LEGACY. As we enter a new decade, we also saw the end of an era. In many ways our company got its start under the tutelage of the industry icon Jake Burton. His passing gave us pause and we felt like it was a powerful time to reflect on his impact on us and worldwide.
NEW MEDIA SITE LAUNCH: TPW.MEDIA
Curating portfolios is always one of the most difficult aspects of working as a photographer. As a group our catalog contains 1,278,346 images dating back to 2001. As you could imagine, finding our favorite few dozen shots is a Herculean task. Even deciding on categories is a creative and organizational challenge. Even narrowing the down categories the was a creative and organizational challenges as we shuffled through thousands of images taken by multiple creative – each one emotionally tied to certain images
After all that work, I think we arrived at a place we’re proud of. If we started over today with the same images to choose from, there’s a good chance these portfolios would look completely different. But this is what we landed on and we’re sticking to it for the moment. We’d love feedback. We’d love even more if you share it with your friends. TPW.MEDIA
SMARTWOOL – Oregon
We love this kind of shoot. Two photographers, three athletes, two beautiful locations. Two of the athletes, Jackie and Cierra, are longtime friends and the third, Tyler, quickly became a new friend as we made our way through the Orgeon’s sandy beaches and damp loamy forests. Shoots like these are always a lot of work and filled with challenging logistics. Group dynamic either make or break the whole thing. Luckily, we had the right team for this one.
Our team for this shoot was made up of two badass women: Jackie and Cierra who live together in Portland, OregonJackie runs the athlete testing lab at Nike and Cierra is student at NUMN studying to be a naturopath. Jackie races enduro and is one of the sendy-est and stylie-est girls we know on a mountain bike. Cierra races triathlons and is getting almost as fast at descending as she is on the up.
We also had Tyler on the team. He lives in Boulder, CO and is working his way through medical school (after turning down full ride scholarships in Baseball and Basketball). He races triathlon and is an all-around fascinating human and dedicated athlete.
SMARTWOOL – Puerto Rico
This was one of the more culturally interesting trips we’ve taken recently. We arrived two days after the first major earthquake made global news. We did our best to ascertain what was happening on the ground from our local connections, from local instagram and twitter feeds, and by making calls. The airport was open, our hotel had a generator, and the locals gave the thumbs up, so we bought the ticket and took the ride.
Often, the major news networks are not the best source for gauging severity or relevant importance of an event. The actual physical damage from the earthquake was extremely localized at the epicenter.. While the physical damage was limited, the psychological toll on the entire country was very real. People are still rebuilding their lives from Hurricane Maria and the ensuing 11-month power outage – an extended struggle that global mainstream media quickly lost interest in.
Following weeks of protest and citizen occupation of the center of the capital, Puerto Rico underwent a political revolution just months prior to the devastating hurricane. . The collective PTSD from constant interruption of life and uncertainty was palpable.
Yet, despite their struggles, the people proved resilient, kind, and welcoming. We heard story after story of people looking out for their neighbors and of a powerful solidarity. We witnessed it in the generosity of landowners that welcomed us, opened their gates, and even improved their land with parking and facilities, for the sole benefit of the small climbing community. Our guides told us about putting their newly founded business on hold to join the Red Cross effort.
We initially chose Puerto Rico as our location because we had learned the Honnold Foundation was supporting a project there and we would be able to volunteer but then got connected to Casa Pueblo, a non-profit environmental watchdog community-based organization. This 40-year-old multifaceted organization started as a community center in 1980 but by 1989 they had successfully stopped a gold mining operation, launched a coffee brand, and created the country’s only community-sponsored protected forest area.
More recently, they have waged many successful environmental battles, established a solar powered community radio station and cinema, and opened the Communitarian Institute of Biodiversity and Culture, offering summer high school and undergraduate courses during summer, environmental workshops and alternative programs with multiple stateside universities.
When Hurricane Maria hit, because of the solar projects the already had in place, they because an energy oasis for all the surrounding areas. They could provide refrigerated food, power for medical supplies, information, and entertainment for the central rural mountain region. We were honored to shoot photos of some of the recipients of solar grants and deliver a duffle bag full of solar lanterns from Goal Zero.
DEUTER – San Diego
I was sitting on a chairlift by myself when I found out Jake Burton passed away. You never want to hear bad news, but I was so thankful to be in the mountains and experiencing at that very moment a life that Jake helped to forge.. I got off the lift and took some moments gazing out at the Colorado Rockies. It was exactly 27 years before this moment, I was an 18-year-old kid from Connecticut who got hired by Burton Snowboards.
It’s hard to sum up how much Jake meant to me. I was lucky to spend time with him. I was fortunate enough to spend real time in amazing places with him – from the woods of Stowe to the mountains of Japan. He was a mystical force in my life. He created a product that changed my life. He founded a company that still changes my life daily.
I have no doubt that I was just one of many thousands of people that were positively affected by this leader who assemble a team from all over the world to bring his vision to life. I consider myself lucky to be in this special international community, especially After Jake’s passing. To this day, I’ve never seen such an outpouring of love from every corner of the on my social media feed.
It became clear to me that this is the power of an entrepreneur driven by a passion for the best possible life. Not just for himself, but for his family, his employees, and his community. For Jake, this community was Stowe, Vermont but it was also this crazy family of snowboarding. Snowboarding is not just a sport for many of us, it is just a core essence of our being. It took people like Jake to make this life possible.
Frank and I bought plane tickets and were back in Vermont less than 24 hours later for Jake’s memorial. We rolled into Stowe and thousands of friends were filling that parking lot in force. Frank and I were honored to record some words from our rental car with Mark Sullivan for an episode of “The Snowboard Project” podcast for an episode honoring Jake. His family and friends spoke so beautifully about our hero.
Jake’s life and his passing have fueled my life in so many ways. That is never going to fade. As I write this, I am sitting at a mountain lodge in British Columbia and “Burton” is all over my gear. The company is helping to support this film project which feels like one of the most special I have worked on and is digging into all of these feelings even more powerfully.
27 years since I started working at Burton. 31 years since I first met Jake. Yet the power of what he instilled in my life only grows stronger.
I ride for Jake. I love this community.
Kennedy Space Center
Airstream has an amazing legacy of being tied to the exploration of space. The Apollo astronauts went from the moon, to their spaceship, to a helicopter, and then into an Airstream quarantine unit. Space shuttle astronauts rode out to the shuttle in an Airstream Astrovan.
Continuing this legacy, Airstream partnered with Boeing to make an all new Astrovan 2.
We could not be more honored to be playing a small part in a huge mission by capturing content of this journey. Recently, this enabled us to venture around Kennedy Space Center in the Astrovan 2 as Boeing ramped up to do their unmanned test flight of the CTS-100 Starliner capsule.
Our minds were blown! We were able to record conversations with real astronauts. It took sitting there, in person, to really grasp the concept that these amazing humans have gone into space, come back to earth and then did again. Their accolades are unreal. This is the .0001% to be proud of. These are heroes of the highest magnitude and they are so humble.
During our time at Kennedy we filmed two launches. You don’t know what to expect and it’s hard to explain. The power! The sound! The light! Then to think about being a person brave enough to sit on top of those rockets and push humanity to new levels!
It is our recommendation to put a rocket launch onto your bucket list.
One of our favorite comments during the week in response to the question of how going into space changes you – “You realize just how small we are. How fragile this planet is. How we need to protect and cherish our home.” [paraphrased]. (Video edit coming soon. Keep your eyes on Airstream.com)