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Wille Yli-Luoma At High Cascade!

Sep 1 2005 / Thursday

Willie shares a moment with winning photographer, Leenie!

With one of the biggest airs of the entire year as seen in Mack Dawg Productions’ soon to be released From ------ with Love, Wille Yli-Luoma just finnished (pun intended) one of the most fun sessions High Cascade and Mt. Hood has ever seen (July 28 – August 5). Since Wille is as talented behind the camera as he is in front, Wille gave all the campers disposable cameras provided by Fuji.

Wille didn’t give them any guidelines; he just wanted to see what type of imagery people would capture in the two days allotted. The result was 2700 images that Wille personally reviewed. After a long night of sorting through the High Cascade campers’ photos, Wille narrowed it down to 18 photos which he enlarged and displayed for all the campers and staff to see at an evening art show. What was at stake? Well, the photographer of the winning image had the once in a life time chance to have their chosen photo placed into a special one-off Wille Yli-Luoma K2 snowboard! Who else in the world gets to have their own photography showcased on a snowboard? That’s right, no one.

Everyone likes their forehead signed.

After much self-debate, Wille had to choose the prized image based solely on his gut instinct. The winner: Leenie Crosswhite’s untitled self shadow photographed with a Fuji disposable camera using ambient light. “Photography is my life,” Leenie told Wille after she won. “I’ve looked up to Wille’s photography for so long that this is like a dream come true,” she continued. Adding to Leenie’s one-of-a-kind snowboard, she received a full outerwear package from Volcom and a pair of boots from Thirty-Two.

As if that wasn’t enough, Wille had his hand in two of High Cascade’s annual Workshops: the Photo Workshop with NEMO’s Trevor Graves and the Video Workshop with Mack Dawg Productions’ Brad Kremer. Wille not only rode in front of all the students, but sat in on lectures, provided feedback from the professional riders’ perspective, and even presented the students with a slideshow of his own photography.

The winning photo!

If you’re into Finnish super pros, snowboarding, photography, video, and fun, mark your calendar for High Cascade Snowboard Camp’s 2006 Wille Session with the Photography and Video Workshops. Hit up High Cascade for more information and dates.

Wille Yli-Luoma’s High Cascade Snowboard Camp Signature Session
Finnished and Fun

Contact - Meagan Stein / Camp Relations Manager 541.389.7404
Kevin English / Executive Director

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