Behind the Lens: Thomas Woodson

Do What You Love

Thomas Woodson has a flawless eye for art. There is something unique and compelling about his cinematography and photography, both genuine and distinct. For the past six years, Thomas has been an independent, commercial photographer and filmmaker. He’s the guy you call for an impractical creative task; we’re talking adventures in remote places and impossible physical feats. Not only will he deliver, his talents will surpass your expectations. 

He moved to Colorado when he was 21, seeking thrills on rock, by trail and in the backcountry. A successful career in graphic design, a background in art and photography coupled with a passion for doing what he loves has supported his artful evolution. He’s living his dream life. 

Recent transformations have led to a hook for the filmmaking process, which is evident in his work. His portfolio is calculated yet crafty, capturing but simple. He’s seen the industry evolve from dramatic to genuine and has embraced the change. Video isn’t just a tool to showcase what’s rad or trendy (or needs to sell), it’s an opportunity to learn, experience and share. He focuses on the feelings and has a conscious of what’s real. 

His advice for someone looking to get started in his trade? Work as much as possible. Self-motivators who show progression far outweigh the competition. Spend as much time with your camera as possible, let it take over your life. Seek out collaborators that will help progress your skills but have similar aspirations. Tips for ski photography? Landscapes are typically simple. Play with ridgelines, foreground elements, nature and your shooting location (viewpoint) to make the most of your photo. 

Thomas is poised for a prosperous future in the world of filmmaking. When asked what’s next, he simply replied, “An obscure, domestic ski trip. Time to look at home and the backyard through a new lens.” We can’t wait for the results. 

Check out more of Thomas’ work via his website here and follow his artful approach to adventure on Instagram here. The following photos, videos and words are all by Thomas Woodson. 

 

Jackson based skier Forrest Jillson carves along Iceland’s north edge as the Aurora Arktika sails back to meet us.

 

Anchoring for the night deep in Iceland’s Westfjords. The sunset illuminates tomorrow’s potential.

 

Joey Schusler in transition for a sunset descent from the summit of Mt Yotei, Hokkaido.

 

Searching for lines along the tip of the Westfjords.

 

Mike Chambers and Jason Antin glide along Greenland’s Arctic Circle Trail, en route to the fastest known time in winter.

 

I’m still not sure how to describe it, but the atmosphere in the arctic really changes the dynamics of a sunset.

 

A sulfurous Tokachidake looms behind Joey Schusler’s line, with a threatening possibility of shifting winds.

 

After days of storms, the onsen views clear and leave us hopeful for quiet turns ahead.

 

Nestled against a rail line, this small Hokkaido cabin is the perfect spot to feel the weight of winter.

 

In the film “Can’t Ski Vegas,” we embarked on a 21 day raft to ski expedition down the Tatshenshini River, navigating arduous approaches while searching for glacial lines.

 

With a Tatshenshini basecamp in place and a clearing weather pattern, it became time to find the lines we’d been planning for months in Google Earth.

 

In a rare week of high pressure, Joey Schusler, myself and a band of friends lucked out with a summit and ski of Hokkaido’s Tokachidake.

 

Our friend Nat Houston shoveling out the office on a backcountry based film production on Cameron Pass, CO.

 

Joey Schusler is onsen bound in one of our favorite zones in the world.