Powder in Difficult Creek, photo Bob Chamberlain
||A ski life is full of great days, great turns, great ski trips to far-away mountains, and of course, great skiing friends. Bob Chamberlain is one of my oldest and best skiing friends.
Bob is a student of mathematics and philosophy, a photographer in the Cartier Bresson tradition who has always kept his camera trained toward mountains and mountain people, and a lifelong powder hound. We;ve spent a lot of time together, on the slopes and off. A few years ago, after a particularly stimulating dinner where the talk revolved, as always,around skiing, I went home and wrote this poem for Bob and his wife Karen.
I hope to share more of Bob Chamberlain's truly classical ski Images in future issues of this site. For now, Bob, thanks for the memories!
a dinnertable conversation
The path, initially at least,
skis dotted lines turns,
something called technique, only then
to carve out real runs from this white
or wrong in such descents
But with enough time, with no
itself begins to change: more & more
we return to abstractions & find
planes, shapes & curves: go back
on white pattern of movement & form,
But were still not there, behind
we sense something always simpler, skiing
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