Snowbound by Sam Mellish

Sam Mellish’s new exhibition Snowbound documents what it takes to be part of GB Park & Pipe – Great Britain’s freestyle ski and snowboard team.

The exhibition is on from January 25 to February 4 at House of Vans, London.

Snowbound is an exhibition which documents hard work, determination and pushing boundaries.

With the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, fast approaching now is the perfect time to take a glimpse behind the scenes.

New work from Mellish explores what it takes to be in this elite team as they train and compete on the global circuit. His images are supported by archival works from French photographer Matt Georges.

Installation shot: Snowbound at House of Vans © Sam Mellish

Raw observation

Images were captured across the world from Canada to Australia, via the best European snow parks and the dry slopes of England.

They feature Olympians Aimee Fuller, Billy Morgan, James Woods, Jamie Nicholls and Katie Summerhayes as well as rising stars including Katie Ormerod, Izzy Atkin, Rowan Coultas and Matt McCormick.

This work is raw observation of training, commitment, hard work, and dealing with pressure, in an arena where tricks are bigger, harder, faster and the risks are greater.

Yet when all elements align – the gains are radical!

Sam will fly out with the team to the Olympics on February 3.

The exhibition will launch at 7pm on Thursday, January 25, at the 2018 reopening of House of Vans.

Visitors will have an opportunity to pick up a free limited edition, uniquely numbered, exhibition supplement.

There will also be a product giveaway courtesy of TSA – The Snowboard Asylum.

Installation shot: Snowbound at House of Vans © Sam Mellish

Snowbound exhibition details

Dates: January 25 until February 4

Location: House of Vans, Arches 228-232 Station Approach Road, London, SE1 8SW

All images by Sam Mellish captured during 2017, with supporting work by French snowboard photographer Matt Georges.

Spectrum Photographic is the print sponsor and the images have been printed on Blueback Paper.

Main image: Rowan Coultas with coach Jack Shackleton at the practice of the snowboard slopestyle finals during the FIS World Cup on February 12, 2017. Stoneham Mountain, Quebec, Canada. © Sam Mellish

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