Australian photographer Mark Clinton’s backdrop is the dramatic landscape of the natural world, but it’s the human element that makes his photography special.
Being based in Sydney, I'm able to fly three hours and be in a place that's the complete polar opposite of Sydney. Aside from the snow-capped mountains, the vibe in town is contagious, especially after a few IPAs during Happy Hour!
The 2018 season - we had a spare few days so went out on a whim to End Peak. We camped out overnight with Lake Wanaka in the background and woke up to it snowing.Our boots were filled! There was a slither of hope as a tiny break of clear sky sat on the horizon, so we quickly made our move and got into position. The sun did pop out and although it only lasted five minutes max. it was easily the best sunrise I’ve seen to date.
Being comfortable and warm in the snow is my first priority. You could be sitting in the shade for hours waiting for the right light. Layering is key. I start with a merino base layer, an insulated mid-layer and a waterproof/Goretex shell.
It's hard to pass up lessons during the teething process. I was fortunate enough to be taught by some amazing skiers. Luckily most ski resorts (especially around Wanaka) have a great team of ski instructors to get you on your feet!