Work In Progress: Pemberton Photographer Russell Dalby

We’re excited to launch our new column, Work in Progress, a profile of the artists and artisans in our communities, that gives us a sneak peek into their studios, their creative process and the inspiration they get from our backyard, by showcasing one recent work.

First to be featured is the most famous photographer in Pemberton right now, high from his Deep Winter Photo Challenge win, Russell Dalby.


A full time snowboard and action sports photographer based in beautiful Pemberton, British Columbia, Dalby’s work is mainly events photography for Monster Energy Drink. He spends his winters in the endless Whistler backcountry shooting for King Snow Magazine as Senior Photographer. He’s also a contributor to Mountain Life magazine (from whom we poached this headshot, so you can recognise the Man about Town.)


Russell Dalby Deep Winter Slideshow 2013 from russell dalby on Vimeo.

What inspired this work?

This year I was invited to enter the Deep Winter contest in Whistler. I always said that I would never do that contest because it is so hard on your gear, and super stressful, and there’s a good chance you don’t get anything out of it! But when they called me to ask if I would do it I immediately said yes! I knew I had to come up with something different, and that would stand out among the others. I rarely shoot on the resort anymore, so I even needed an idea that wouldn’t require epic action photos! Anyways, my idea was to compare the mountains to a guitar and do the whole thing in black and white. I’m not usually this creative!

Where is this piece headed?

I have uploaded the slideshow to, where it can be viewed and shared by everyone who cares to do so! So far almost 6,000 people have watched it, which is awesome! I think it needs to stay together as a show, because I don’t really think it would make sense if it got all broken up in to bits.

How do you hold space for, or make time for, your creative self? What’s your practice or creative routine?

I don’t think I really set aside any time for ‘creativeness’. I’m really not that good at sleeping, so I think most of my ideas come up when lying awake in bed for hours in the middle of the night.

How big an influence is this region, our backyard, the landscape and energy here, on your work?

Pemberton and area are a big influence on me and the way I do things. I think if I lived in the city I would be way more likely to lose my mind. Being able to get off the computer, walk out the door and be away from people in 5 minutes is huge! But who knows if that’s a good thing in the long run – haha!

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What do you do to recharge your creative energy if you’re feeling writers/artists block?

I don’t really get writers block or whatever. Its more like i get bored, see stuff that other people are doing and get jealous that they are doing something better than me, so it forces me to get out and do something creative. Instagram is best for that.

Where can people follow you, or discover more of your works?

I have a website,, with a blog attached to it, and my instagram is @dalbyphoto.

Russell also tweets as @dalbyphoto.

And you can also get lost in some of his imagery, here.

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