Based in Whistler, British Columbia, photographer Nic Alegre originally hails from Long Island, New York. A surfer who now skis, a metropolitan who now lives in the mountains, Alegre’s mixed roots show up in his work with a style that has grit, or as he says, “that searches for struggle—for that moment of escape or reconnection that unites us all.” Alegre has an innate ability to capture mood and emotion with his photos. He’s very aware of his surroundings, seeks interesting angles, and has a keen eye for the fringe elements of any given situation. Above is a collection of Alegre’s photos that represent his scope of work. Read the captions for Alegre’s memories behind each frame.

To see more of his work, visit NicAlegre.com.