For more than fifteen years, Gabe has been shooting adventure sports, packing camera gear up steep couloirs with skis, photographing climbing while dangling from foreign cliffs, eating canned chili on portaledges and zipping up in a sub-zero sleeping bag, dark at four p.m., putting himself in harm's way of a skier, mountain biker, snowmobiler, in perpetual search of light and focus, horizons and spray of snow, the blur of the ordinary behind the crisp punctuality of an athlete in motion, searching to distill action; the residue of vigorous motion photography.
Gabe is one of those spirits that cannot stop. After a perfect day of shooting ski mountaineering in Antarctica, a zodiac ride back to the ship with camera trained on breaching Orca whales, he will go outside and look for more while others nap, capturing the smile of a deckhand looking into the sunset. The photo is his way of purifying his experience in the world, his language of expression, his way of telling someone, 'See, that's what I mean.'
Without trying, as much as Gabe is an artist, he is a bright and goofy nut, that ends up entertaining the crews he travels with and the sometimes strangers he happens upon. His photos are often successful because his subjects are laughing at him... or with him, no one is ever sure.
On an expedition to ski the world's 14th highest mountain, Shishapangma, Gabe was changing memory cards on the way down in blistering wind. With frost-nipped hands, he fumbled the memory card containing the only trace of the three team members skiing off the summit. He began to look for it in the spindrift. At the same time, team mates notified him they had to get down quickly for the immediate health of a climbing partner suffering from altitude. Gabe helped the teammate down rather than look for the card.
Gabe has an associate's degree in photography from Colorado Mountain College and has shot assignments for companies and publications such as The North Face, Patagonia, Marmot, Bombardier and Outside Magazine.
Gabe lives in Bellingham, Washington with his son, dog and cat. He is thrilled to be working with Sony as one of their Artisans of Imagery.