« For me, personally, skiing holds everything. I used to love racecars, but skiing is a step beyond that. It removes the machinery and puts you one step closer to the elements. And it’s a complete physical expression of freedom. » — Robert Redford
It is December 23rd of 1977 in Utah, USA. Robert Redford is skiing on Sundance’ slopes, that is to say at home. In 1969, he decided to buy plots of lands that became a winter sports resort, where art, community and nature meet in harmony. Ten years later, the Sundance Festival came to light and grew under his leadership. Robert Redford moves naturally during the winter ski season.
Robert Redford is one of the Americans icons who challenged time and style like Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood. Real men who embody the American way of life, sometimes cowboy, policeman, or sportsmen who made us dream.
This photo, shot when he is about to go skiing, contributes to the « Redford style », another time, like each time he is photographed. The handkerchief in his hair, the stretch ski pants, the pattern wool sweater and the bicolor gilet take us back to the carefree style « expression of freedom » in the 60’s, far from the Gore Tex and other Technicolor clothes that hurtle down the slopes.