Krabbe grew up in Calgary right outside the Canadian Rockies. His passion for skiing and photography started early, and he has combined the two interests in a career that has taken him to some of the most beautiful ski locations on earth. The majority of his pictures are taken in the resort town of Whistler, which attracts more than two million people every year. Despite the site’s popularity, Krabbe still manages to shoot in isolated locations within the Coast Mountains, stating that ‘it’s a great place with a ton of terrain to get away from the masses.’ He also shoots throughout the state of British Columbia, and takes several destination trips every season.
In addition to his editorial and personal photography, Krabbe also takes on high-end commercial work for clients such as Sherpas Cinema, with whom he shot stills for a film documenting the best locations in the Canadian Rockies. Krabbe says that this type of work has improved his skill as a photographer as a whole: ‘tiny details make a big difference, and I find the way I concentrate in that work will also affect the way I see or shoot in sports.’
While Krabbe’s photographs capture the sense of exalted freedom which comes from skiing, he admits that ski photography comes with more challenges than meets the eye. ‘You only get one try at each location you setup! Fresh snow is expected, so imagination and foresight is key. Also, you’re constantly responding to the weather and the danger of the mountains. You can’t go anywhere at any point in time, so single photographs can take years to happen.’
This is especially true in the case of his most viewed image, The Skiing Aurora, which Krabbe said was in his head for a long time before he shot it. In addition to this stunning photograph, his other favorite images are the ones that prompt stories about how they were created. ‘I’m most proud of any image that I get to tell a person a story about.’
With a natural ability to tell stories through his work, it’s no surprise that Krabbe says that he always takes a a journal on photo expeditions with him, as he has most of his creative thoughts while on location. Looking at the stunning scenery that he shoots in, who could fail to be inspired?