Self-proclaimed ‘Snow Artist’ Simon Beck spends hours walking miles in the snow to create incredible works of art.
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What do you like to do in your free time? Simon Beck, a resident of France, enjoys venturing to the snowiest parts of the world to create one-of-a-kind, transitory pieces of art. There are some truly awe-inspiring feats of patience, precision, and design going on here. Check out the slideshow to see some examples of his snow art work.
Simon Beck is a fascinating man, so we wanted to give you the opportunity to learn more about him. The following questions and answers were taken from his Facebook page.
1). Occupation: When you do not work on your snow art, what would you do?
I produce orienteering maps but I no longer take this seriously. Most of the time I travel round the Alps and hike up mountains, aiming to be on the summit at sunset for good photos. My feet are in a bad way but if I can keep my weight off the front of my feet things are not too bad.
2). Process of your work: We have some information about the process of your work, but we are not sure exactly how you work on it. It would be great if you could explain to me with simple way. We don’t know much about the orientation. Simply, we wonder how you create very beautiful round line and strata line.
Stage 1 is measuring. Usually I work outwards from the center. Straight lines are made by using the compass and walking in a straight line towards a point in the distance, curves are made by judgement. Both require a lot of practice to get it good.
When the primary straight lines and curves have been made, points are measured along them using pace counting for distance measurement.
Next the secondary lines are added by joining the points determined by the above process Usually I walk the lines 3 times to get them really good, if there is enough time.
Lastly the shaded areas are filled in.
3). How long does it take to create the work?
About 1 long day for the main sites in Arc2000, an area of 1.3 hectares. The usual reason for having to stop is tiredness, if I am not too tired I continue into the night until it is complete. Plus time spent indoors studying the best way to do things
4). How long does it take to design?
Often I am copying designs I have found, eg crop circles or well known mathematical figures, or repeating designs I have made earlier but failed to get good photos. Some designs I am commissioned to do require a lot of study as to the best way to create it, and this process can take several hours.
5). How long does it take to walk on the snow?
About 1 long day for the main sites in Arc2000, an area of 1.3 hectares. The usual reason for having to stop is tiredness, if I am not too tired I continue into the night until it is complete.
6). How people react for your work?
Most people love it, some of the off piste skiers would prefer to ski through untracked snow but the best snow art sites are not good for skiing anyway as they are too flat.
7). What kind of camera and camera equipment are you using?
Nikon D7000 although prior to this season I used cheap consumer cameras from massmarket retailers.
Where are the shots taken from?
The best vantage point on nearby mountains. ClubMedLake has a chairlift that is ideal.
A Gruelling Passion
8). What is the most difficult part of during your work?
Doing the measuring is difficult in poor visibility and when there are no shadows as walking in straight lines and judging curves is difficult. Also getting the photo.
A Unique Flowering
9). Name three skills one must have in order to be successful at this kind of art?
Orienteering expert, physical stamina if that counts as a skill, accurate use of a compass and distance measurement by pace counting.
Quite The Hike
10). Approximately how many miles do you walk in the completion of your art? If it’s too broad a spectrum, tell us the farthest distance traveled over the course of the creation process.
An 11 hour days is equally tiring to as 11 hour day walking in the mountains, in Scotland that would be the traverse of the Mamores in summer, 40 kms and 3000m ascent and descent.
The Man Himself
11). Do you have a snow shoe preference?
I have only used TSL and Tubbs, the former is better for snow art as the latter is hinged and awkward to turn corners.
There you have it folks! If you’re interested in learning more about Simon or just staying up to date with his work, go ‘Like’ him on Facebook by clicking HERE