I Love Jumbo Wild: Douglas Noblet
Douglas Noblet is the photographer behind Wild Air Photography. His images combine three of his major passions: mountains, flying and photography. Often flying solo, Douglas captures his images while piloting his Cessna 172. He lives in Nelson, BC in a tiny house and spends much of his time in the wild Purcells ski touring, mountaineering, rafting and climbing. Douglas’ images have been used for many years to help support the #JumboWild campaign. I recently sat down to chat with Douglas about what motivates him.
Robyn Duncan: You grew up in Nelson. When did you first hear about the Jumbo Glacier Resort?
Douglas Noblet: I’ve lived in the Nelson area since I was 5 years old, so about 21 years now. I’ve known about Jumbo for a long time. I couldn’t pinpoint a specific date when I first heard about it.
RD: There are many reasons that people oppose the Jumbo Glacier Resort – what for you is the key?
DN: KEEP IT WILD! There are already enough ski resorts in BC.
RD: You’re an aerial photographer and your work captures a unique perspective. When did you start combining flight and photography?
DN: Well, my dad has been a pilot all my life. I started paragliding when I was 14, then powered paragliding, and eventually got my pilot’s license when I was 18 or 19. I’ve always brought a camera with me when exploring the backcountry, so flying was just another way of exploring the mountains and capturing a unique perspective.
RD: Photography is a very powerful tool. What impact do you think seeing places like Jumbo from the bird’s eye perspective has on people?
DN: I think it helps people see the big picture, connect the dots, and see how beautiful the area is!
RD: In a previous interview you said you don’t necessarily focus on conservation issues in your work, but your pictures have often been used for such issues. Could you expand on that?
DN: For me, photography is more about exploring the wild outdoors and creating beautiful images. And then bringing them back for people to see. So I guess I try and not have ulterior motives when I shoot, and keep my photography to more of an “art”. Saying that, I am happy when my images get used for conservation issues, and maybe inspire people to protect the wild we still have!
We’re featuring Douglas’ images this week on our Instagram feed. Head over to get a bird’s eyes perspective of the Jumbo Valley!
Header image by Raven Eye Photography.