Archive for June, 2008

FREESTYLIN’ launch party

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I grabbed the Canon G9 and headed to Brooklyn Projects opening and launch of the Nemo produced book FREESTYLIN’. Nike SB’s, John Martin asked Nemo creative director Mark Lewman if he could do anything for BMX what would he do. Lewman brought the old band together from the Freestylin’ days and put together an amazing historical outline of the pioneering days of freestyle BMX. Spike Jones and Andy Jenkins collaborated in their original roles and put together the book.

BMX racing will debut in China at the Olympics next month and Nike SB has been doing promotions to bring focus to the new event. Michael Lau designed special limited edition Blazers for the promotion and if you were at the party in LA the he also design two special edition toys and a show box that is so unique and original!


Photo of the Day – Spencer Higgins

www.spencerhiggins.com


Shaun White on EXPN

Mark Kohlman an retired Nemo photo assistant, gone snowboard photog now editing for ESPN has put an old shot of Shaun White up on the EXPN website. I hope the surprise and delight of seeing my work published never goes away!


Amira Fritz’s Secret Garden

This German photographer currently lives in Paris and Berlin. She holds a degree in photography from the HGBLVA of Vienna. These shots create much room for the imagination…she doesn’t have much of an online presence but you can contact her through her website. She is part of the 23rd annual International festival of Fashion and Photography.


Image Fulgurator-Secret messages?

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Could this be a marketers dream come true?

Install secret (or branded) messages into flash photos. Aparently Julius von Bismarck has McGivered a remote optical slave through a telephoto lens to project a message onto any surface. From the reaction of the people on the video it is a real deal. It isn’t rocket science and he shows you how to do it on his website.

Do you think it is real or staged?


Daniel Sharp – THE FREEDOM WHEELS, Aug 1st-29th, 2008

Daniel Sharp, The Freedom Wheels
Friday August 1st, 2008 through Friday August 29th, 2008
1st Friday Reception: August 1st, 2008, 6-9pm

Daniel Sharp’s series The Freedom Wheels is “a collection of photographs taken from 2003-present, many a documentary of my travels pedaling trough Europe and India where I discovered the world is already traveling by bike. Through these photographs I hope to celebrate the act of bike riding, to inspire the discovery that bicycling is freedom in so many ways. Whether it’s racing, touring or spinning around town, it’s all bike riding and I love all its forms.”

Pushdot Studio
1021 SE Caruthers St.
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 224-5925
www.pushdotstudio.com
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am to 5:00pm


Dave Kinsey at the Pursuit Gallery July 3-Aug 1, 2008

Our friends in sister city Burlington, VT. are presenting a solo by Dave Kinsey; Paper Trail.

Dave Kinsey was born in Pittsburgh in 1971 and attended the Art
Institute of Pittsburgh and the Art Institute of Atlanta before moving to California in 1994 to pursue a career as a designer and fine artist. His work captures the universal essence of the human condition mainly through an energetic portrayal of urban figures. Working spontaneously, and utilizing a range of mediums, he constructs multi-layered, textured environments easily likened to the complexities of contemporary life. His portraits depict beings who are both triumphant in their defiant stance to their surroundings, and tragic, as they transmit a visual display of raw emotion and jangled nerves. The style and substance of his body of work originates in street art, and in keeping with his goal “to expose as many people to art as possible and to honor the power art has when it’s created and accepted”, Kinsey founded BLK/ MRKT Gallery in 2001, allowing him to provide a crossroads for a new movement of young and electrifying iconoclasts. In addition to these pursuits his fine art has been shown in galleries and museums worldwide, among these a recent exhibition at the URBIS Museum in Manchester and Art Brussels in Belgium. He has also been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Black Book and BLK/MRKT One and Two, and invited to speak at numerous institutions such as The Art Center College of Design, UCLA, Montserrat College of Art and most recently, the Semi-Permanent conference in Sydney, Australia.

Seth and Skye
Pursuit Gallery
One Steele Street, Suite 125
Burlington, VT 05401
802.862.3883

www.pursuitgallery.com


More NYC… best graffiti I saw

Here is some rad graffiti and wheat pasting art from NYC.


Nemo Nike Collaboration Unveiled

Another great collaboration. The fantastic and talented Eric Duvauchelle recently posted pics of the Nike Boots Campaign that Nemo’s – also lovely and talented- Environment team designed and Eric and Angelo Colletti art directed. Looks amazing! Way to go guys. 

Pics by BOOGIE (www.artcoup.com)


Annabel + Dorothee The Wedding Wizards

Lets face it, weddings are straight up cheese! You gather your family in their horrible outfits and stand in the middle of the tackiest church you can find in a desperate attempt to “make memories”. The photographers Annabel + Dorothee have what it takes to change (at least) the way these memories are documented.


Desiree Dolron- Photo of the Day

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The Mystery Of Martina Hoogland Ivanow

After you look through her work…you are left feeling incomplete, each piece has a distinct air of mystery about it. Every shot leaves you thinking…..


Photo of the day

I received this image via Ichat from my friend Andy this morning, after dropping my jaw in awe of the photo, he told me about this site sorryimissedyourparty.com where he found it. After finding this image in the midst of beer bongs and drunk ass collage kid photos, the updated header on the photo mentioned it was a staged photo by photographer David LaChapelle. Staged or not you can image the scenario. It’s like walking into the wrong hotel room, seeing the worlds shadiest party, and leaving with this image ingrained into your memory for all eternity. Enjoy the night terrors. :)


A few of my favorite things. by Plain T

Sneakers, and spray paint, graffiti, and sweaters, girls getting clean minus the string…these are a few of my favorite things. A collage by Mass Appeal shows some amazing old photos, dead stock Nike trainers, Playboy sneakers, matching pimp teddy bear sweaters, and a sweet tan line. Here is a little bit of heaven for you!


More from NYC

At the Le Book Connections event, I met and spoke with tons of agencies about their photographers. I really feel that overall, the agencies approaches to the event were pretty boring. Very few stood out in a see of books. Don’t get me wrong, I saw some incredible talent represented, but no one seemed to break the mold for their photographers. The one agency that actually caught my eye was Julian Richards. I think their photographers are interesting and I like the slightly irreverent way the agency came across. Here are some photos from their website, work by Chris Buck, Nick Meek and Lovely Perkin.

 

Check out this article with Julian Richards and you’ll see that the personality behind the talent is just as interesting…


Wim Delvoye’s art farm

Wim Delvoye is an oddly fascinating fellow, from creating a machine that actually manufactures REAL POO (!), to other artistic ventures ranging from stained glass field goals to other works of “poop art“. The Belgian artist bought a pig farm in Beijing, China and has been churning out tattooed pigs. Wim’s tattoo art ranges from Disney characters to Louise Vuitton signature pattern to Russian prison tats. Buyers have the option of “adopting” their pig and watching it via web cam while it lives out its days getting tattoos, being fed sugar cubes by visitors and frolicking in a grassy meadow. Each pig receives individual care from appointed “moisturisers” to keep the tats in good condition up until they reach maturity, then they harvest said tattoos in a few ways. You can either have your pig taxedermied, you can get the raw hide to hang on a wall and If you want it real classy, you can get it stretched over canvas. PETA would have a field day with this guy! be sure to check out more here!


Mark Lagrange And His Beautiful Women

I’m pretty much blown away by this mans work. I am usually very skeptical about the photographers that think just because they can make a shot of a beautiful naked woman look good they are skilled! i mean really? how hard is it to make a gorgeous girl look good? But dare i say it, this mans an artist!


Ziv Koren- More than 1000 words

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Photojournalist Ziv Koren shows how he combines still photographs and video to create a new photographic language for the Internet. The idea of the minds eye behind the lens sounds amazing. This dude gets into the think of dangerous situations. Is it worth dieing to get the shot?


LEO KESTING GALLERY NYC

Another little tidbit from nyc…

Here are some pics from the Leo Kesting Gallery. Ironically, my favorite gallery show I visited in NYC happened to be work from the lovely and talented Jonny Fenix (living right here in portland, or). The rocking gun is amazing! And Jon Benet Ramsey, Jesus riding a bronco, the purple tiger!!!! I love it all. I hope you all enjoy these pics. 


Mike Balakov – Lego recreations

Mike Balakov takes a lot of Lego pictures. This is a Lego recreation of Joe Rosenthal’s 1945 photograph “Raising the flag on Iwo Jima”. One of the most published photographs in history.


Catherine’s Animals -Catherine Ledner

www.catherinesanimals.com

A great story about a good project getting better! The book sales went well so Catherine Ledner took it to the next step and made original prints available for sale thru a custom website http://www.catherinesanimals.com/


Photo of the Day – SOREN’s EYE


LYNDA.COM can show you how to use your latest softwear

Did you ever sleep in class? I used to in college and I walked out of there with a 4.0 GPA. I learned that my “visual” brain worked at lighting speed, while my “audible” brain, or reading brain, wasn’t as quick to learn. I’ll try to clarify, when I would put my head down in the classroom, shut my eyes and truly listen to the lesson the teacher was giving, I would make up stories in my head to support the lesson. While my eyes were closed, I wasn’t distracted by the pretty girl from Buffalo or see my buddies in the court yard skateboarding. The brain was busy learning. The traditional sense of learning is to read a thick book. The same story telling goes on in the brain while reading and I understand the pleasure surrounding reading. However, my visual brain would “hog” the eye time and be on the scan for any composition, color, texture surrounding the essence of creating stills. While my head lay on the desk, I learned that I need to learn in a visual way as opposed the the traditional audible/ book way.

Mentors have shown me the ropes along the way. Nothing beats a professional showing you how it is done. Today, we have tools like videos, to help the visual learners of the world. One of these guides to higher learning is a website named Lynda. The video tutorials walk you thru the tools in a simple logical way. I went thru the Lightroom tutorial and it helped.

Here is the blurb on LYNDA:

The lynda.com Online Training Library and CD-ROM titles include such subjects as Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Office, digital photography, Web design, digital video, and many others. lynda.com’s all-star team of trainers and teachers provides comprehensive and unbiased movie-based training to an international membership of tens of thousands of subscribers. Considering the speed at which technology evolves, the Online Training Library is a great solution for keeping your skills current. Library subscriptions begin as low as $25 a month, with no long-term commitment required.. For more information and to view free demo movies on all courses in the library, visit www.lynda.com.


NY NY

During my stay in NYC I stayed at the Hotel Rivington, which was within walking distance of the Le Book event and all the great galleries in the lower east side. Here are some fun pics of the skyline and lightscapes of the Williamsburg Bridge that were taken from the hotel for your enjoyment…