You could say photographer Vernon Deck lives a charmed existence. As Volcom’s official snow team snapper he’s spent the last ten winters criss crossing the globe with the world’s best snowboarders – riding and shooting the likes of Pat Moore, Gigi Rüf or Iouri ‘iPod’ Podlatchikov wherever the snow is best, from Japan to Jackson Hole. He’s produced globally distributed movies (notably 2013’s Chamäloen) and his photos have appeared in just about every snowboard magazine on the planet.
In summer he spends his time travelling and working in sunnier climes. Last year he bought himself a 36-foot sailing boat, Nautilus II, and spent four months cruising up the East Coast of Australia, anchoring in remote lagoons, exploring empty islands and snorkelling whenever he felt like it. Yes in many ways, Vernon Deck is a very lucky man. Except that luck doesn’t really come into it.
“His photos have appeared in just about every snowboard magazine on the planet.”
Deck doesn’t just lead a full life, he leads a busy one. “If I sit still too long I get bored,” he explains when we catch up with him at his winter base, the Volcom Team House in the Arlberg, Austria, on a rare down day. Having missed our first interview slot (he was out on the road shooting in Laax, Switzerland) he’s apologetic, but keen to talk about the latest project that’s been filling his time. It’s a Youtube series called Learning by Doing that’s part travelogue, part photography tutorial and wholly unique. As the name suggests, it’s all about encouraging people to get out there and give stuff a go.