About John Dougall
Having skied since the age of two and having two ski instructors as parents, it was natural that one day John would become bored with skiing. However, rather than quit skiing, John tried a new involvement in mountain life and became a ski model, working for some of Whistlers' finest ski photographers
After several years of appearing in photo-shoots and films, John took things to the next level and began to stand on the other side of the camera. He started what he calls "Downhill Biathlon", wherein he uses downhill skis instead of cross country skis and a camera in place of a gun. He skis ahead of his subject and takes candid shots from unobtrusive places, often unseen by the subject. John has worked with a number of high-level skiers and snowboarders and his approach to ski photography allows the athletes to enjoy their working day more, and gave movie directors and magazine editors more material to work with.
This unique technique became a huge success and soon John found himself working for Greg Stump, (second to Waren Miller in ski film sales) and Mike Hatchett (producer of the most successful snowboard films ever). Being bilingual, John has worked with French and Swiss French snowboarders such as Guilluame Chastagnol(5th in the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan), Jean Baptiste Charlet (11th at Nagano, and winner of many European events), Cyril Neri (winner of the Verbier Extreme, 1998) and Terji Hakkonsen (possibly the best snowboarder ever). John has worked with these subjects at venues ranging from Nothern Sweden to Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Eastern Europe, Japan, Argentina, and in North America at Mt. Hood and Whistler.
He has also worked with Doug Coombs(Powder Magazine cover, 2006 and 2 times world extreme champion)and world extreme champions Chris Davenport and Shane Mc Conkey.
John worked for a number of the major European film directors. Also, for Salomon, John produced marketing and trade show videos and directed and produced a prime-time TV commercial. After eight years of freelancing in Europe, John returned to Canada.
Downhill Biathlon now became a tool John would use in the Cat-skiing industry. John skis with cat skiing clients and takes candid photos as guests ski. He works almost unseen and does not interrupt the natural flow of the day's skiing. John introduced his Downhill Biathlon technique to Chatter Creek Cat skiing and set up a very successful ski photography program for them, and trained an apprentice photographer
Guests review the photos of the day in the evenings and may purchase high quality glossy 8x10 or 5x7 inch prints of selected shots, or collections of photos on CD ROM. John attempts to provide multiple action photographs of every guest. John's ski photography makes a wonderful souvenier of a cat skiing tour.
After 2 seasons with Island Lake Snowcat Skiing, John moved in 2005 to Chatter Creek, near Golden, and he went "digital". The low cost and quick "turnaround" of digital photography allowed John to shoot an unlimited number of photos, and provide results almost immediately. Chatter Creek's guests could not get enough of his work.
"I do not consider myself a sports photographer but someone who documents people's personal best".
John has extensive experience photographing skiers and snowboarders and has provided adventure and action photography for many clients.
The following are collages of some of Johns ski photography. The subjects are cat skiing clients and guides. We also include other photography by John Dougall showing various mountain scenery.
The ski photography shown below is the property of photographer John Dougall. Please respect John's copyright over this material. If you wish to purchase John's ski photography, kindly contact him by email.
John also displays a collection of his photograpy on the www.heliplanet.com heliskiing and cat skiing directory.