The summer camps had just kicked off at Mt. Hood this summer when I was given control over Yobeat’s Instagram. At the time I was still living in Massachusetts and was searching everywhere for relevant photos to use. That’s when one day, Chip Proulx decided to tag one of his photos #yogrammies. It was as if I had stumbled upon an undiscovered Egyptian tomb, a total goldmine of really great photos. As it turns out, Chip was a digger at Windell’s who also was shooting photos on the side for Destoy Parks, the new group that took over this summer. By the time I made the move out West, I got to kick it with Chip a handful of times and learned what a great guy he is. He is also extremely dedicated to his photography. Scanning through his Instagram account you can see his work mature over the summer as he began to push his creative boundaries. I’m excited to see how his work progresses and what the future has in store for him.
How did you first get into photography? I was actually into filming at first and thought I was gonna take that some where. It wasn’t until high school when I got a digital camera and started to take more photos than film. I was in this graphic arts class and my school was going to ” Skills USA” a state wide tech school competition. We didn’t have anyone going for photography so my teacher decided to send me. I had no interest in shooting the topics they had for us so I smeared Chapstick all over my lens to give my photos a vignette look haha the judges hated it. I thought it was sick. Winter came around and I started bringing my camera to the mountain. I tried to recreate angles and shots that I saw in magazines and its been a learning experience ever since.
What is Destoy Terrain Parks and how did you get linked up shooting with them this summer? Destoy is a terrain park consulting company based out of Maine. They have been in the game for a little while now building parks through out the US. I met these guys back in the late 90’s at Sunday River and they are the reason I got into snowboarding and terrain parks in the first place. Destoy got the contract to build the Windells park this past summer and head builder/owner Caleb Hamilton put together the #diggers14 crew. At the time i was working on the Keystone park crew and taking photos for their Instagram. Caleb liked what i was doing for the park and offered me a spot to be a digger along with taking photos and running the companies Facebook/Instagram page.
What was your favorite shot from this season? Oh man! I’m not sure which one is my favorite but I really like this one shot of Justin Norman. A couple of the diggers decided to have our own night shoot and J-Norm got this hand plant right as the sunset.
Does Colorado suck as much as everyone says it does? (Laughter) Nah but I can see why some people don’t like it. When I first moved here wether it be at the skate park or on the mountain everyone liked to stare. We called it the summit county mean mug (laughter). They were just trying to see if they were better at riding than you or not but once you get past that its not a bad place.
What are your plans for this upcoming season/the future? The only thing that is set in stone right now is I’ll be working in the park at Keystone. Other than that I will taking photos when ever I get the chance. Definitely working on trying to make that the career!