Archive for September, 2008

photo of the day

StudioNemo’s friend Cel Jarvis sent us some eye candy today of her latest work for hawks by Geren Ford for Urban Outfitters. YEAH CEL! Your work is awesome. Check out more here

Great curation…

The Ones We Love is a project highlighting young and talented photographers from around the world. Each artist contributed six photographs of the person(s) who is most important to them, taken outdoors in a natural setting. The goal of the website is to portray the people who are loved, cherished, and inspirational to these artists, and also showcase the differences and similarities in the photographs each of them took within the same guidelines.

I love the idea of a relational art and making biographical art through the places and people nearest to you. 


Solid Gold Prom! Party with a purpose.

Put on your 80s gear and come dance with us this saturday! RSVP to!

Heres a little inspiration!

Carlin Sundell travels back in time, Brings back photos as proof!

Well not exactly, had to give the National Enquirer headline a shot. Carlin Sundell works as a freelance photographer here at StudioNemo and is a good friend of ours. He recently attended a workshop on wet collodion plate photography. Wet collodion plate photography was developed by Frederik Archer in the mid 19th century. The image is exposed on to a glass or tin plate covered in collodion, a viscous liquid, made by dissolving nitrated cotton in a mixture of alcohol and ether and then light sensitive salts are applied to the plate, exposed, to create the photo. You literally need a entire chemistry kit in the field and work quickly in an ether rich environment to develop the plate. At some point a gas lantern is involved in the process… Chances for “KA-BLEWY” go way up! I suppose that’s half the fun, eh? Well fortunately Carlin returned not looking like THIS, and brought us back some amazing photos. Gives you an appreciation photography’s early years in today’s mind-numbing point and shoot world.

Click ahead to see some shots of Carlin in action! (more…)

And some video for your pleasure…

I was able to sneak a little video in. Enjoy! -hh



THE WEEPING SONG from Dave Allen on Vimeo.

Love Letter by Nick Cave from Dave Allen on Vimeo.

A dream come true!!!

Last night I was privileged to see the great Nick Cave in concert. It was his 51st birthday and he put on an amazing show. It was crowded and I couldn’t get very close for photos. I want to go again!!!


Talk about location!!!!

Aren’t we lucky here in the great NW to have the locations that we have. I am so happy to see that someone is using it well…Check out the beautiful photos that Raymond Meier took for New York Times T Magazine in the Olympic National Forest.  

Goldmine Shithouse in SF

A good friend of Nemo’s, Mr. Jonny Fenix, is a part time collaborator in the art collective Goldmine Shithouse. They get together once in a while and spend a week or two in a debaucherous art-making mode, then have an exhibit. Their latest exhibit, Russian Reduction, happened last week in SF and it sounds like it went very well. Enjoy the pictures and watch the making of Carny Hands.


Booyah! Canon announces the new EOS 5D MarkII.

Finally! Canon announced the upcoming release of their new EOS 5D Mark II. After seeing what Nikon has been throwing down on the market ( D3 & D90). I was stewing with anger, due to the lack of response from Canon. But alas good things come to those who wait! Read on to check out all the glorious specs!


Tod Seelie. Let’s Stick To Landscapes.

Being a skeptic of the field of landscape photography, I was shocked when the work of Tod Seelie changed my mind. After perusing (and loving) his landscape collection I was more than eager to take a look at his portraits. Alas, I was really disappointed…it seems as if he shoots all his humans subjects as “still life” and in doing so looses the most interesting thing about portraiture; Emotion. With such amazing characters as the ones he shoots I would hope for something more than a rigid figure standing front and center.

However, many seem to disagree with me. His work has been exhibited in New York, Berlin, Tokyo, Paris, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Cleveland, and Miami. And has been featured in some amazing photo books including Backyard Shakedown and Hijacked.

The Continental Crawler… part 3

They’re almost here….

The Continental Crawler: Episode Three from Michael Cogliantry on Vimeo.
I love, love, love, the cheese curd taste test!

Photographer of the day….

Ofer Wolberger is a photographer out of New York and a great blogger (read Horses Think). I really like his work. He has beautiful cityscapes, but I mostly like his work because of his portrayal of spacial relations. Hi work interestingly portrays an object in relation to another object, or in relation to its particular placement, and occasionally he will encorporate a person into his work and the gesticulate towards their place within a space. The work goes beyond place though, it’s a portrayal of the object or person in relation to nature, power, etc. Not necessarily as a dichotomy, but showing multiple relations that exist within one frame. Check him out here….


Glass Candy at StudioNemo…

M-Eyes took these beautiful photos of Glass Candy at the Studio.

While you were sleeping by Plain T

Things got sweet last night at Nemo Design when Glass Candy made a special appearance on stage in Studio Nemo. Ida No and Johnny Jewel rocked a crowd of nearly 300 sweaty Portlanders till late in the night, and stayed after to dance. Here are a few pics of what went down, the rest of the party shots are soon to come, so stay tuned!

Beautiful Losers

Beautiful Losers film trailer from beautifullosersfilm on Vimeo.

StudioNemo friend, Tobin Yelland, contacted us to let us know about the limited one week run starting Friday September 12th – Thursday September 18th at Cinema 21 in Portland. Director Aaron Rose will be on hand Friday and Saturday for a Q&A. It looks like it’s going to be incredible and inspirational. DON’T MISS IT!!!!!


About the film: 

BEAUTIFUL LOSERS celebrates the spirit behind one of the most influential cultural moments of a generation 

In the early 1990’s a loose-knit group of likeminded outsiders found common ground at a little NYC storefront gallery. Rooted in the DIY (do-it-yourself) subcultures of skateboarding, surf, punk, hip hop & graffiti, they made art that reflected the lifestyles they led. Developing their craft with almost no influence from the “establishment” art world, this group, and the subcultures they sprang from, have now become a movement that has been transforming pop culture. 

Starring a selection of artists who are considered leaders within this culture, Beautiful Losers focuses on the telling of personal stories. It speaks to themes of what happens when the outside becomes “in” as it explores the creative ethos connecting these artists and today’s youth.



Lucky you…

So, here’s a little secret (maybe not too much of a secret)… I’m a big nerd. I am into psychoanalytic theory, in particular, trauma and affect theory. I have to say it comes in very handy as a lens with which to view the art and photography I write about on this site. And, if you’re a nerd like me and you’re in the UK right now, you are in luck! You have just a few short days to get to the Camden Arts Centre to view the infamous Chantal Ackerman’s latest installations. She is showing To Walk Next to one’s shoelaces in an Empty Fridge (2004),  that she created based on her grandmother’s diaries of the holocaust. What interests me most about this work is her ability to simultaneously present the cathartic telling and witnessing of that traumatic experience in the same frame. She does this by splitting the frame and in one she and her mother read the diary at the kitchen table, while in the other, a reenactment of what they are reading occurs. Visually it represents the fracture that occurs in the psyche after a traumatic experience and on a deeper level, how it effects the generations to come. 

StudioNemo on!!!

YoBeat recently took a keen eye to StudioNemo, and put up the video from our last art show on their site. We love YoBeat and so should you. They are full of content making fun of a world that takes it’s self too seriously at times, I’m talking of the “action sports” world. Some of you know what I mean. Anyways, Holler at YoBeat!

Now that’s growth

One of our many radical clients, Skull Candy received a well earned write up in this months Inc. magazine! They are number 31 of the 500 fastest growing private companies this year! Skull Candy’s bread and butter is audio head phones, but their market definitely focuses on the action sports world, and they sponsor a number of pro riders. Participating in our clients success weather large or small is always what we are after. Congrats Skull Candy!

Camo-a-gogo by Plain T

Tired of standing out? Do you ever wish you could disappear, or just blend in? yes? Sweet, because Japanese designer Aya Tsukioka has got your  back! She has created a line of garments that transform you into inanimate objects such as vending machines, telephone booths, and fire hydrants. Aya’s inspiration was the threat of stalkers and the Ninja’s skill of concealment, which led her to seek solutions to let women hide in in their urban environment. So, ladies, next time that creepy dude that has been behind you for 8 blocks keeps lurking after you, just bust around the next corner and disguise yourself as a lowly telephone booth. And watch as your aggressor walks right by confused by his elusive prey.

The Preservation of Fleeting moments by Adrienne DeBoer @ StudioNemo

Adrienne DeBoer Photo Show at StudioNemo from alex mertz on Vimeo.

On 9/5 StudioNemo was proud to present Adreinne DeBoers “The Preservation of Fleeting Moments”. Adrienne explains that she is compelled to create a memory that will be transformed into the tangible before it is too late. Were excited to have her work on our walls, come in to check it out this month.

Vice Photo Annual Review

So, I’ve been stewing over this Vice photo annual for a week or so. Not quite sure what to write. I was slightly disappointed to see the number of hyper-masculine images that graced the pages. I felt like there were an overwhelming number of McGinley nude hipster (no offense to McGinley’s beautiful work), meets American Apparel girls, meets the NRA.  One exception that I really appreciated was the Mary Ellen Mark interview. Her work has always intrigued me. Her photo essays are poignant and full of emotion. Vice focused on Streetwise, her photos of homeless kids in Seattle, but I’m partial to her images from Ward 81. We are famous in Oregon for Ken Kesey’s book ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST and it’s portrayal of the Oregon State Asylum. In 1975, Mark was assigned by a magazine to do a story on the making of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, shot on location at the Oregon State Hospital, a mental institution. While there, she met, briefly, the women of Ward 81. She later made them the subjects of her 1979 book Ward 81, where she lived and documented female patients. The work is disturbing, moving and haunting.  

Digital Photographer Rant

TG found Adam Carolla’s ‘week in rage’ rant about digital photographers and the time it takes them to get the shot, pretty funny. Have our days gotten longer because we aren’t forced to get the shot in a certain number of frames? What do you think?

The bit about photographers starts around 3 min 15 secs.
Last Week in Rage 09.08.08

Episode 2 of the Continental Crawler

Watch the adventures of on of our favorite photographers, Michael Cogliantry, and clan get closer to their new home town of portland…

The Continental Crawler: Episode Two from Michael Cogliantry on Vimeo.

Parenthetical Girls Music Video Shoot

StudioNemo was very excited to host the Parenthetical Girls in our studio last night to shoot their latest music video. They were recently signed to German label Tomlab and according to the Mercury, “[they] seem a band on the cusp of greatness.”

Though you’ll have to wait to see the video I can share some photos from the shoot and the music videos they drew inspiration from….

If you are interested in seeing them play at TBA…
Parenthetical Girls
When: Sun., Sept. 7, 10:30 p.m.
Price: $8-10
NORTH 240 N Broadway