Ski Jumper

by Narve Skarpmoen

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Artist Statement

Ski Jumper focuses on a sole central skier arms outstretched mid-jump over a sea of snow-capped spruce. The shot is breathtaking, literally. With no ground in sight, our fearless protagonist pauses at his peak adrenaline-powered air. Skarpmoen’s photo is a Wes Anderson-infused freeze frame of an action-packed moment—a symmetrical arrangement reading like an old film strip. The skier stands out in the foreground, while the forest of trees and tiny slanting roofs are seemingly flattened like a backdrop—a technique called planimetric composition and a favorite tool of our pal, Wes. Skarpmoen’s use of this configuration in combination with the sharpness of the image is what gives Ski Jumper its cinematic drama (think Willem Dafoe in The Grand Budapest Hotel).

Why We Love It

Shot in 1924, Ski Jumper likely owes its crisp clarity to tremendous technical advancements in cameras of the decade allowing for much shorter shutter speeds. This leap (get it?) in photo technology was part of an ongoing pursuit of innovation for capturing high-speed sports. An earlier example of this ever-evolving shutter tech can be seen in another 20x200 Vintage EditionA perilous ride. Shot almost forty years prior, the sportsman in A perilous ride is well-defined, yet the spokes of the wheels remain blurred by such rapid rotation. In contrast, after decades of lens and shutter improvements, Ski Jumper appears frozen in time and as sharp as the tips of his skis. 

Details

+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches and maximum of 2.5” to allow for framing.

Medium:

Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta

8"x10" | edition of 10
11"x14" | edition of 150
16"x20" | edition of 50
20"x24" | edition of 10

Narve Skarpmoen

Skarpmoen specialized in outdoor photography, and pioneered press and event shots as a distinct area of expertise. He photographed our soaring athlete at the Holmenkollen Ski Festival in Norway, an international Nordic skiing competition held annually since 1892.
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