There’s been a great video floating around YouTube that depicts a snowboarder traversing the slopes in the dead of night, illuminated by a high-tech LED suit. The edit was created by fashion photographer and filmmaker Jacob Sutton who took his talents to the slopes of Tignes in the Rhone-Alps region of south-eastern France. Sutton teamed up with Artec pro snowboarder William Hughes. The video depicts Hughes shredding the French slopes in a bespoke L.E.D.-enveloped suit provided courtesy of designer and electronic pioneer John Spatcher.
“I was really drawn to the idea of a lone character made of light surfing through darkness,” says Sutton of his costume choice. “I’ve always been excited by unusual ways of lighting things, so it seemed like an exciting idea to make the subject of the film the only light source.”
Jacob Sutton has is renowned for his work in the fashion industry, creating videos for the likes of Hermes, Burberry and The New York Times. For this project, he left the comfort of the studio and mounted a skidoo. The crew spent 3 nights on the French hillside enduring temperatures of -25 degrees Celsius.
“Filming in the suit was the most surreal thing I’ve done in 20 years of snowboarding,” says Hughes of the charged salopettes. “Luckily there was plenty of vin rouge to keep me warm, and Jacob’s enthusiasm kept everyone going through the cold nights.”