Snowboarding becomes a culture only when the experience is shared and Dean Blotto Gray is a photographer dedicated to sharing the snowboard experience. For over 250 days each year, for the past 14 years, Gray has been documenting the snowboarding life. In doing so, he has become one of the most inexhaustible photographers the young sport has yet seen.
Indeed, the volume and quality of the images he produces go beyond mere documentation to become expressions of thematic motifs in this youth culture movement. At once emotive, artistic and journalistic, his images create a natural bridge between the subject and the viewer. His work has not only elevated and influenced how snowboarding is viewed, but also how it is documented by others in the field. As the Principal Photographer for Burton Snowboards, he is among the sport’s most prolific, most widely published, and most keenly aware of snowboarding’s cultural significance.
Somehow, Gray also finds time to aim his camera at other subjects with the natural curiosity of the artist and technical precision. Gray continues to expand the scope of his work by bringing his well-trained eye to cycling, skateboarding, landscapes, architecture, travel, and beyond.
Words: Joel Muzzey
Dean Blotto Gray has been documenting the best riders in snowboarding and the heart of the sport’s culture for years. In his current capacity as a Burton Team photographer, Blotto is afforded the opportunity to travel over 300 days per year with one of the top contemporary crews in the game. From Shaun White’s final hit in an X-Games gold run, to a secret pow stash with Dave Downing and Jake Burton himself, Blotto gets more than just the hype and hop. With his work featured in every major snowboard magazine on the planet, along with representation by one of photography’s top sports photo houses, Blotto’s images are finding their ways into a lot more than just catalogues and shred magazines these days.
After the magazines have been recycled, the catalogues tossed away and the web-sites redesigned, Blotto’s images will remain and stand the test of time. These original works represent both the man’s work ethic and a farsighted aesthetic.
Words: Jeff Galbraith
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