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Award winning action sports and commercial photographer Blake Jorgenson joins the show to talk about the life of a ski bum in Whistler in the 90s and how that evolved into a successful career in photography. Growing up in Toronto, Blake was always inspired by art. Painting and drawing kept him occupied and entertained in a place he didn't draw that much inspiration from. But at the age of 16, when he went on vacation to British Columbia, he fell in love with the mountains and the lifestyle that existed around them and counted the days until graduation to make that dream a reality. Blake tells us the story of those early years in Whistler and working as a tuner in the local ski shop and the scene that congregated in it each day. He soon lost the passion for painting and became much more fasciated by the immediate images he could produce with a camera and began documenting the exploding community and beautiful vistas around him. Before long Blake began getting published and getting calls from companies that wanted to work with him. But it would be winning the prestigious Pro Photographer's Showdown in Whistler that would quickly catapult him into the spotlight. During our conversation we talk about the patience and the persistence needed to make it in the world of professional photography, the pitfalls of sometimes finding success before you are ready, how he feels about today's current excesses of visual content, and the advice he gives to others wanting to do what he does.
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