About the Book
A beautiful collection of photographs and personal reflections on the life of professional ski mountaineer, surfer, climber, and all around adventurer, Chad Sayers.
At the age of 18, Chad Sayers chooses to pursue a perilous existence in the world of professional freeskiing. Immediately successful, he rides high on a train of celebrity, sponsorship, travel, and freedom. But “living the dream” is, in reality, a tiring treadmill of daily risk that eventually sets him adrift from family, friends, lovers — even himself.
As injuries and emotional traumas pile up, his identity fractures into a hall of mirrors — the flickering images of athlete, son, brother, traveller, and seeker veiling the reality of a man running blindly from heartbreak and physical debilitation. Then one day, in the mountains of France, hanging by a finger above certain death, he sees the one reflection that finally scares him straight: a man who doesn’t care. To heal this severed connection to reality and the constant pain he lives with, Sayers quits skiing and turns to his other passions of travel, surfing, and photography.
In Overexposure, some of the world’s greatest outdoor photographers contribute to this engaging story in order to parse not only the high-stakes gambits required for a pro skier to stay in the spotlight, but also the grandeur of the stage on which these play out.