What would you say are the key elements to successful mountain biking photography?
"I think it's one of the most difficult sports to shoot because there are so many things moving at the same time. The athletes move extremely fast and their movements are so quick, which is why I would say knowing the sport inside out and having a great camera are really key."
How would you describe your photographic style?
"I try to play a lot with light, whether it's natural light or artificial light. I see a lot of pictures – from Instagram, online, even paintings – and I look at the different techniques used, and I'm inspired by that. Today, it is hard to invent a completely new technique, but I try to make it fresh by adapting it. Sometimes I look for a specific location – I have a list of ideas on my phone – and when the location fits the idea, everything comes together."
What's the biggest challenge when photographing mountain biking?
"There are many things that need to come together. You must showcase the action in the best way possible; the athlete has to be happy about the picture. The bike must be in the perfect position, and it must be the right moment. Even if the shot is perfect in every way if the attitude of the rider is not good, then it doesn't come off. That can be frustrating; you could be working with the last ray of light that day and then the rider doesn't do the best that they can, so you must do it again. You have to always be quick-thinking."
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the industry?
"I'd recommend not doing it for money [at first]. In extreme sports, everybody knows everybody, and it's hard to make it your full-time job before you have a name for yourself. I just tried to reach out to people, found athletes and shot for free at the start. Every weekend, I'd be at the hill at my parents' place shooting everyone. That's how you build a name and develop your skills because you have no pressure. Shoot as much as possible would be my advice."