The Proof: Photographer Reuben Krabbe
Like most Whistler residents, I’m an import from some foreign land. Specifically, I was born and raised in Calgary Alberta, and have been living in Whistler for a bit over a year. Beyond that I was a semi-resident living part of the year here in a van… down by the river. I am a ski and mountain bike photographer; I shoot for a bunch of different Ski and Mountain Bike magazines.
I moved to Whistler because the prairies aren’t a very productive place to be as a mountain lifestyle photographer. But Whistler is much more than a means to an end; it has become my home. Great friends, daily adventures and a deep connection to the mountains, which surround Whistler, have solidified my roots… for the time being.
1. A quick self-portrait from the peak of Fissile in the Whistler Backcountry this spring.
2. Racing Phat Wednesday and coming very close to last. My excuse: it was the first day back on bikes after knee surgery. Photo Jinya Nasawaki
3. An ‘office’ dawn from the top of ‘Della Creek’ mountain bike trail in Lillooet.
4. Gaper day. Photos courtesy Andrew Strain
5. The Home office. Even made the bed for this shot.
6. Representing my eastward former life: beer from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.
7. The bike shed, featuring my new rehab and commuter road bike.
8. Angie, my roommate’s lovely pooch. My only co-worker on days at home in the office.
What neighborhood do you live in?
Right now I’m living in Alpine, which is great for the summer. Riding in quickly for bike park laps after a day in the office is fantastic. For the last year I was living in Cheakamus Crossing which had it’s own benefits, but its a long journey to town from the deep south.
What do you do, and where?
I am a ski and mountain bike photographer. So my office is on, and among the mountains. My office is hotel rooms or the reclined seat of my truck in a WalMart parking lot. However I also spend a lot of time at the home office/bedroom
What are you working on?
As I am writing this I’m going over final preparations for the Deep Summer photo competition during Crankworx. Six photographers shooting over 3 days in the Whistler Bike park competing for $10 000 in prize money.
Another big project for this summer is a collaboration between myself and writer Seb Kemp. We are documenting different riding towns in BC for Dirt UK. So far we have wrapped up Pemberton and Kamloops. Next on the chopping block is Whistler.
Where can we find your work?
My work spontaneously pops up in a variety of magazines, in a wildly unpredictable manor. In August and September you should be able to find my images pressed into the pages of Bike Mag, Dirt UK, Powder, Backcountry, Switchback, SBC Skier and online at BikeMag.com and NSMB.com
If you happen to be reading from, or heading to Calgary, check out Cafe Gravity in Inglewood for a bunch of canvases.
Make sure you come out to the Celebration Plaza in Whistler Village on Wednesday August 15th for the showing of the Deep Summer slideshows. There are ticketed and free viewing areas.