The Highlighter™ with Greg Furey
One of the most frequent questions I’ve heard from campers over the years is “how do I get a job at HCSC?” Greg Furey is a great example of how you turn the corner from camper to employee. Furey attended our Photo Workshop as a camper in 2009 and used it as a springboard into the world of snowboarding photography. After a lot of hard work, determination and a heavy winter of stacking shots, he returned in 2010 as a new member of the HCSC photography staff. Fast forward to today and Furey is now a senior photographer who spends his days shooting for our ads, brochures, website and more. In addition to being one of the most dedicated, dependable, and hardest working employees at camp, he’s also one of the funniest, loudest, and most ride-or-die Philadelphia sports fans I’ve ever met in my life (and I grew up a hour outside of Philly!). Furey is a big reason why HCSC continues to be the best snowboard camp in the world and I’m excited to have him be the first person featured on The Highlighter™.
-Terence Stilin-Rooney, HCSC Camp Director
WHERE DO YOU LIVE DURING THE WINTER AND WHAT DO YOU DO FOR WORK?
During the winter I am based out of Lake Harmony, PA, which is where Big Boulder is. I try to get on as many trips as I can to shoot photos and travel a lot on the East Coast. I also have shot the first 5 TransWorld TransAMs.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING AT HCSC? WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK AT HCSC INSTEAD OF ANY OTHER CAMP?
I am going into my fourth summer working at HCSC. I chose HCSC instead of any other camps because 5 years ago when I came to the Photo Workshop I got to see what HCSC really was and how much fun everyone was having. And there is no skiing.
WHEN DID YOU START BEING INTERESTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY?
I was always interested in photography but never could afford a good camera until my parents got me one for Christmas 5 years ago. Ever since then I have been shooting snowboarding and shooting anything else I come across that would make a good photo.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAMERA?
My first camera was a Nikon D50. I had that camera for about a year then wanted to upgrade and got the Nikon D2x.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF SNOWBOARDING TO SHOOT?
I like getting out on trips and shooting in the streets. I have been shooting a lot of resort stuff but it gets old after a while. I really want to get out in the backcountry and try that. I have never shot in the backcountry.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE SNOWBOARDERS TO SHOOT?
Anyone who has good style, hardworking, and is fun to be around. Any of my friends and people who are easy to work with.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE BEST WINTER TRIP YOU’VE EVER BEEN ON?
The best winter trip I have ever been on has to be the trip from this winter when I meet up with the Think Thank crew. The crew was [Sean] Lucey, [Ted] Bundy [Borland], [Brandon] Hammid, [Brandon] Reis, [Sam] Hulbert, and Desiree [Melancon]. I met those guys in Western Massachusetts at Ted’s house after the Northeast got hammered with a lot of snow. We didn’t get kicked out of any spots the entire trip and I got a photo from every spot we were at. It was a super good time, shout out to Ted and his parents for letting us crash at your house!
IF YOU COULD SCHEDULE YOUR DREAM SNOWBOARDING TRIP WHERE WOULD YOU GO AND WHO WOULD GO WITH YOU?
This is a hard one. There are so many places I would to go to. But I would have to say Baldface. I keep on hearing how epic it is there. I would go with John DeNicola who was my manager at the shop I worked at when I first got into snowboarding. He has helped he a lot with where I am today and that’s where everything started for me. He is the man! I would also go with Bistro [Matty B], my buddy from High School Anthony Saraceni, and of course my dad Papa Furey.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START EAST? WHAT ARE THE BEST AND WORST PARTS OF RUNNING A SNOWBOARD MAGAZINE?
The East Coast has always had a snowboard mag. When East Coast Snowboarding Mag was over the East didn’t have a mag for a couple of years. Two summers ago, Matty B, Tanner McCarty, Owen Ringwall, and I talked with [Aaron] Blatt about starting a new mag for the East Coast. Blatt used to be the Photo Editor of ECS so he gave us some direction on how to get it up and running. After summer was over and we were all back to our homes we kind of didn’t talk about it until one day I gave Matty B a call and said “Let’s get this going since we aren’t doing anything else”. We got a meeting together via webchat with all four of us and started to roll from there.
We all are doing this for a fun project. Not trying to make money off of it or make it a full time job. The best parts about doing the mag is meeting a bunch of different people on the East and giving back to the East Coast snowboarding community. It’s just a lot of fun. The worst parts is trying to get content together and keep the site updated since we are all doing other things during the winter while being on the road most of the time. Also we want to go to print, that is our goal but trying to get money for that is super hard. Overall though it’s awesome having a magazine.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE INTERESTED IN STARTING A SNOWBOARD MAG?
I would say just have fun with it and make sure you are giving your readers what they want and what you want. For example; the East Coast like a raw magazine and thats what we like. Basically just have fun with it.
IF YOU COULD ONLY CHOOSE ONE SPORTS TEAM TO WATCH FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WHICH ONE DO YOU PICK?
Phillies, Eagles, Flyers. I can’t pick one.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PHOTO YOU’VE EVER TAKEN?
I don’t know. I have a few. But I guess I would say the photo of Adolfo Massari stalling in a window in Philly that is 50ft above a riverbank that had broken 40s and all kinds of trash on the bank. It was super sketchy. Also, under the window “AIDS” is spray-painted on the wall.
WHERE CAN YOU GET THE BEST PHILLY CHEESESTEAK?
Jim’s Steaks (Wiz wit out) in Philly or if you want the BEST Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak you have to go to Chick’s Deli in Cherry Hill, NJ. Right over the Ben Franklin Bridge.
WHICH PHOTOGRAPHERS DO YOU ADMIRE AND WHICH UP AND COMING PHOTOGRAPHERS SHOULD EVERYONE LOOK OUT FOR?
Keep an eye out for Cole Martin. He has been shooting with the KTC (Keep The Change) guys for a few years now. He has some awesome work.
GIVE ME ONE SECRET TO BEING A SUCCESSFUL PHOTOGRAPHER.
Just be yourself and shoot what you think looks the best. Also I have always lived by what my Dad always tells me, “Hard work pays off.”
~*~SHOUT OUT ZONE~*~
Mama and Papa Furey, my sisters, my PopPop, the rest of my family that supported me, John DeNicola, Aaron Blatt, Anthony Saraceni, everyone at HCSC, Bistro, Tanner McCarty, and everyone else that has helped me and has supported me! The list can go on and on. Thanks everyone!
Correction: High Cascade Snowboard Camp ran the following photos in the December and February issues of Snowboarder Magazine with mislabeled photo credit. These photos are the work of Greg Furey. High Cascade deeply regrets these mistakes.
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