Archive for February, 2009

A break

Portrait of my broken jaw by Kari Rowe. February 4th i was hit by a truck on my bike, broken jaw, stitches, wires, fun was had by all.


Artery Presents The Seen Of Change

This looks like a good time, I’ll be out of town when it goes down, so go go go! Then tell me all about it.


Ski Utah Accepts Submissions For 5th Annual Photo Contest

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH- Words cannot describe the incredible feeling of effortlessly flying through The Greatest Snow on Earth at a Utah resort. A photo, however, can illustrate all the triumph and joy that moment can bring. Every year, millions of skiers flock to Utah’s Wasatch Mountains and bring their cameras with them hoping to capture the perfect ski or snowboard shot. Once again, Ski Utah is calling out to shutterbugs everywhere to submit their best Utah ski or snowboard photography for the 2008-09 Photo Contest powered by Canon and Pictureline.

“Utah may be one of the most photographed states in the country,” said Jens Neilsen owner of Pictureline camera store. “Its natural beauty attracts photographers from all over resulting in a surplus of talented local and visiting photographers. Each year Ski Utah enjoys the collection of photo submissions representing the best in both scenic beauty and artistic talent.”

Over 1,000 images were submitted to last year’s contest. Submissions may be entered in an amateur or professional category. All submissions must have been taken in Utah during the 2008-09 winter season and need to be received by April 30, 2009. Winners will be awarded with the following prizes:

First Place – Amateur
Five-night Utah winter vacation for two includes:
•    Roundtrip coach air for two to Salt Lake City (domestic only)
•    Five nights lodging for two
•    Four days skiing/snowboarding for two
•    $200 Hertz Voucher
•    $500 gift certificate towards the purchase of a Canon digital SLR camera redeemable at Pictureline or pictureline.com
(Package must be used during the 2009-10 season and requested dates are subject to availability.)

Second Place – Amateur
•    Rossignol skis and bindings or Burton Snowboard and Bindings
•    $100 gift certificate towards the purchase of any Canon product through Pictureline or pictureline.com

Honorable Mentions (4) – Amateur
$50 Pictureline gift certificate.

First Place Ski – Professional
$1,000

First Place Snowboard – Professional
$1,000

First Place Lifestyle – Professional
$500 gift certificate towards the purchase of any Canon product through Pictureline or pictureline.com.

In addition to great prizes, winners of the photo contest will be featured on the pages of Ski Utah’s Winter Vacation Planner.

For more information on the Ski Utah Photo Contest or to view last year’s submissions visit www.skiutah.com/photocontest09/. Submissions may also be emailed with complete contact information to photocontest09@gmail.com.


Sony: Bravia-Drome


I remember for a science fair in grade school, I made a zoetrope to illustrate the illusion of motion from a series of still images, which at the time I think was a hand drawn stick figure skateboarder doing an ollie. Well looks like the zoetrope technology and made leaps and bounds since those humble science fair days. Sony Bravia, best known for their sleek, sexy flatscreens and groundbreaking creative direction for TV ads (click here), is back with a different approach. They built the worlds largest and fastest zoetrope installation ever and plopped it right in the middle of Venaria, Italy. From the looks of it, it looks like some kind of space ship/mod art, but when this thing gets moving, up to 50Km/hr, you get a surprising visual experience. In this case its Brazilian football star Ricardo Kaka kicking around the ball. All of this is used to debut Sony’s new Motion Flow technology, making for smoother action on their new line of flatscreens. Conceptually it’s very interesting, taking an ancient technology, beefing it up and have it explain how a new technology essentially works. Watch the video for a more detailed explanation from the production crew.


Skatetopia – 88 Acres of Anarchy

Skatetopia is the product of Brewce Martin. He is a man with a dream, a 100% all American dream and it’s fucked… You can’t help but stare at his dream in it’s glorious 88 acres of concrete, wood, steel, transients, vagabonds, die-hards, burning cars, topless girls and say, god bless America! Its one of those places you would dream existed as a kid sitting in class waiting for the bell to ring to go skate, a skaters never never land. Skatetopia has been around for a good 15 years in Meig’s County, Ohio. Enter film makers Laurie and Colin of Headlamp Films. Colin linked up with Brewce years ago at Portland’s Burnside skate park, the plans for a documentary were formed, Headlamp stuck with those plans and Skatopia- 88 Acres of Anarchy is ready to be viewed at this years SXSW. After the bomb drops there, be sure to be on the look out for this gem, Deep down you know you wanna be there too.Check out more info on the park and film here.


Holy Oly Revival x YOBEAT x MertzPhoto.

This past weekend The Holy Oly Revival went off with out a hitch for the it’s 6th year now. Even the avalanche that took out Its usual spot for the course at Summit of Snoqualmie could not stop the NW best event from going off. Krush Kaluza and the rest of Snowboy Productions made it happen, with an assortment of jibs, bonks, logs, cobradogs and the biggest hip the Holy Oly has ever seen. Pro’s and random joe’s young and old came out to huck for that 1st place spot and a pallette… a whole freaking pallette of Olympia beer! Nick @ YOBEAT was awesome enough to trasnsport myself and video guy Austin Will to the event, Check out their site for more shots, video and contest results of the most Unholy Holy Oly, click here.


Photo of the Day – Little Guy.

Dave Lehl it the the staff photographer for Rome Snowboards. “I found this little guy behind my hotel in Park City, Utah one day”.


Valentines Benefit Dance Photobooth Pics Are Up!

Come check out all the action on out Flickr pool and see if you can find you or your date, or your date with someone else, yikes! Click here for the rest!


Join in on Americas war on wasting resources with Green Patriot Posters

Remember reading history books and seeing WW2 war posters declaring to save all your metal and oil scrap or conserve your fuel for the boys stormin Normandy? Well It’s time for that same American gusto, for we have a new war today, the world war on needlessly wasting energy and valuable resources. Enter Green Patriot Posters. They are taking inspiration from the old WW2 posters and reformatting them for today’s causes, and you can participate! You can design and submit your own poster to be posted on their site or help them out by donation. I say, get inspired and inspire another. Together we can make a difference.


Then.

Now.


Valentines Day Dance for Ace and Eric Benefit @ StudioNemo


Valentines Day Benefit from Nemo Design on Vimeo.

Nemo Design hosted a Valentines Day Benefit party for Eric Davidson. We were able to raise money threw donation and a raffle to help support Davidson family in time of need.


Baker Banked Slalom w/ Jake Stangel

Portland photog, Jake Stangel took a trip up to the 24th annual Mt. Baker Banked Slalom this year and has presented his article in an interesting format, like a mag quality story but for his web site. Solid portraits and and words from the riders really give you an “insiders” feel to what the Banked is all about. Target and Playstation be damned, this is real snowboarding! Check it out here.


Sweet F.A. by Plain T

It is time once again! February has long been the month for Portland’s famed Doom Town Rock & Roll Fashion show, however this year it goes by a different name,the Sweet F.A. Rock & Roll Fashion show. The production is still headed by two of Portland’s mightiest design minds Erin “Beretta” Cry of Revolver Revolver and Elizabeth Mollo of Disorder Cloths. As for whats in store, i was able to sneak a look at the fashion and speak with some of this years featured designers, and it looks like this year is shaping up to be another Doom Town Productions smash! Get your tickets, and get your ass to the Fez Ballroom on the night of Feb. 21st.


Finally!

 

If you are in LA, you are in for another treat! The action sports world opened up new doors for female athletes, and women run companies (go NIKITA!!!),  but the stigma of being “second best” was always lingering in the shadows. After all these years of males doing art in the action sports industry, the ladies are getting recognized… Finally! 

VOLCOM STONE’S FIRST ALL FEMALE ART COLLECTION ‘LOVE BYETZ!’ IS NOW SHOWING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY THRU MID-MARCH AT THE VOLCOM STORE 126 LA BREA, LA.

VOLCOM GIRL’S SPRING 09’ FEATURED ART COLLECTION FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IS COMPOSED OF ALL FEMALE ARTISTS. TO SUPPORT THIS COLLABORATION THESE ARTISTS CREATED SPECIAL PIECES TO SHOWCASE IN OUR LA GALLERY.

ALONG WITH AN INCREDIBLE DISPLAY OF ARTWORK ARE ALSO 10 HAND DESIGNED AND CREATED PURSES ON SALE BY VOLCOM ARTISTS. EACH PURSE IS UNIQUE AND CRAFTED FROM A DIFFERENT ARTISTS PERSPECTIVE. THESE PURSES ARE ON SALE FOR $50 EACH AND ALL PROCEEDS GO TO A VOLCOM SUPPORTED CHARITY.

GET DOWN TO 126 LA BREA AVENUE, LOS ANGELES TO THE VOLCOM LA STORE TO SEE THIS COLLECTION, THE FEATURED ARTIST TEES AND MORE…

FOR FURTHER PRODUCT INFO AND GIRLS NEWS GO TO: WWW.VOLCOM/GIRLS

 


Who is Neil Krug?

This photo caught my eye last night and i wanted to know more about the man that shot it. So i Google the name below the photo “Neil Krug” I found his flicker archive and fell in love! seriously this guy has some really cool work. I don’t know much more about him other than that he is also a cinematographer/director. And made a film called “invisible pyramid” that was released in October of 2008. But keep an eye on fecal face who promise to have more on this artist soon!


Collaboration Station

Danielle’s WE ARE EXPERIENCED book tour is not over. Her event here at Nemo was awesome, but if you are in LA, you are in for a treat.

Hypbeast just reported that in conjunction with the book launch of Danielle’s “We Are Experienced” photo book, Freshjive and powerHouse Books has teamed up with the photographer on an upcoming event and series of photo-print t-shirts. Six shirts will release at the event which takes place Thursday, February 12th which includes four under Freshjive and two under Warriors of Radness.

We Are Experienced by Danielle Levitt Book Signing & Exhibit
Thursday, February 12, 2009
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
RESERVE
420 North Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, California
p: 323.651.0131
RSVP: reserve@reservela.net


Beaverton High “Beaver band” Performs @ Danielle Levitt’s: We Are Experienced


Beaverton High “Beaver band” Performs @ Danielle Levitt’s: We Are Experienced from alex mertz on Vimeo.

We were proud to have the Beaverton High School Beaver Band perform for Danielle Levitt’s: We Are Experienced. Dude, they played Journey and the Final Countdown to name a few jams… All killer, no filler! Great Job! Yeah Toast!


Jefferson Dancers Preforming @ StudioNemo for Danielle Levitt’s: We Are Experienced


Jefferson Dancers Preforming @ StudioNemo for Danielle Levitt’s: We Are Experienced from alex mertz on Vimeo.

We were grateful to have the world renowned Jefferson Dancers perform at Studionemo for the Danielle Levitt We Are Experienced photo show, Check out their amazing moves!


Learning and working and Working and learning…


So, here I am trying to wrap my jobs from the previous week, spending a little time in front of the computer today. I decided to listen to my friend Connie Wohn’s interview on the newly launched w+k radio and the experience snowballed!

They have some great podcasts available with visiting and in house talent. I was listening to an interview with Renny Gleason Global Director of Digital Strategies, and he gushed about this conference, TED, that’s happening as we speak. I had heard about it, but never grasped the impact this particular conference holds. This led me to the TED website where there are a plethora of inspirational, educational, and in all other ways fantastic presentation videos available. And interestingly (and relevant time-wise), they have launched an iphone app with videos of their presentations (YES!!!!!! For a person who loves her iphone mostly because it has a public radio application, I am ecstatic!). 

I began listening to the Jonathan Harris presentation and found myself mesmerized by a digital exploration of human emotions called, WE FEEL FINE (which, yes, I do realize I may be one of the last people on earth to have heard of this). Harris created a system that real time searches blogs for the occurrence of the phrases “I feel” or “I am feeling.” The result is an interactive experience that sorts and slices, by feeling, and or demographic. He talks about an emotional footprint that is left online. This footprint is not new, but maybe relevant because of the number of people it can track.

It’s like a global emotive meter. When I visited a few minutes ago, the above screen grab was the result. People in the world are 1st and foremost feeling like they are failures, and secondly, like the are lucky. It’s like an emotional reflection on the state of the economic global situation. It’s frightening, touching and somewhat consoling to know that there is a consensus.


Cool use of stop motion…

Stop motion is used a lot these days, but this is a unique and wonderful result… 

Music Video- Her Morning Elegance by Oren Lavie


Danielle Levitt, We Are Experienced @ StudioNemo


Danielle Levitt, We Are Experienced @ Studionemo from alex mertz on Vimeo.

StudioNemo was excited to present Danielle Levitt’s photo series: We Are Experienced, on Friday Feb 6th. With special performances by The Jefferson Dancers and Beaverton High School Beaver Band, this was one of our best shows to date, thanks everyone who helped out! Check it out!


Danielle Levitt LIVE at Nemo

Powerhouse books has just published Danielle Levitt’s book We Are Experienced that takes an inside look at the teenagers of today. To add to the experience of the book, she rounded up Portland’s finest Marching band, Dance troop and music by Easter Egg.


Valentines Day Benefit

If you don’t have any plans for the hallmark day of love come share some with us!


2-3-09 Smith Surf Shoot day 2


2-3-09 Smith Surf Shoot day 2 from alex mertz on Vimeo.

Day 2 was a-rockin all day affair w/ Smith Optics Athletes: Mike Gleason, Tanner Gudauskas, Bothters Alex Smith, Koa Smith w/ special bearded guest Dave Seone. Thanks Tag and JP from smith and the whole Nemo Crew. Everyone killed it! …as usual.


Smith Surf Shoot @ StudioNemo 2/2/09


Smith optics surf shoot 2-2-09 from alex mertz on Vimeo.

Time once again for our friends at smith to stop by for the upcoming Smith catalog shoot here at StudioNemo, our first day featured Pro surfers Dillon Perillo and Alek Parker. Stay tuned for more as we have a busy week!