When i hear the word paparazzi dont exactly think, “now theres a real artist.” That invasion of privacy the paparazzi conduct every day, is cheap and wrong in my book. However, director Leon Gast may give me another perspective on the paparazzi in his new movie “Smash His Camera“.
It is about the infamious paparazzo Ron Galella, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sued him, Marlon Brando broke his jaw and Steve McQueen gave him a look that would have killed, if looks could kill. To the celebrities he pursued, photographer Ron Galella was the beast who threatened beauty. As it turned out, he gave them a strange and lasting beauty they might never have known without him. Inherent in the story of this notorious paparazzo are the complex issues of the right to privacy, freedom of the press and the ever-growing vortex of celebrity worship. He sneaked around and invaded and bribed and held up his camera and shot till he dropped (or someone dropped him). His was the artistry of the sniper. Yet Galella found something essential in his real-life subjects, and he gave it permanence.
Out on July 30th this movie looks pretty rad.
Our newest photo crew member, my new personal confidant and pop culture master, Jordan Lutes just sent me this still life photogo’s site. I’m getting such a kick out of it that i thought i would share! I love the food! Seriously makes my mouth water, this guy brings an awesomely moody, yet colorfully scrumptions feel to a stack of macaroons and a bologna sandwich. Food’s never looked so good! Check out Lucas’ site.
To celebrate the launch of the Nike 6.0 Women’s line, Nike 6.0 and Foam Magazine want you to send in your best photo or collection of photos (3-5) that capture what it means to be Living Life Full.
So all you young athletic lens-women check out the contest and enter to win a full Nike 6.0 Women’s wardrobe from the Holiday 2010 line and her winning photograph will be featured in the November issue of Foam so hit us with your best shot and you’ll be rewarded big time. No need to rush the contest is open until October 1, 2010
How Many Dreams in the Dark? My life on the road with the legends of snowboarding. by chris brunkhart
That’s quite the lengthy title but it suits the length and depth of his career. The other day i received word that Chris Brunkhart has made his goal of raising 5,000 dollars to publish his book.
“I have been photographing for over 25 years. Starting my career at a newspaper in Chicago and eventually found my home in Portland. Around 1991 I got involved in snowboarding in its infancy. Becoming a senior photographer for Snowboarder and Transworld magazines, I shot with Craig Kelly, Jamie Lynn Terje Haakonsen and Matt Donahue and host of others from all around the world.
I have seen 6 continents, finding the beauty not only in the mountains but in the people I’ve met, the cities I’ve visited and the culture I’ve encountered. I helped found The Movement Snowboards and Frequency magazine. In 1996 I published “The Creedle Chronicles” with Volcom, and 3 years later released the cult snowboard movie, “The Walrus Dreams.” Currently working on my book, “How Many Dreams In the Dark?” to be released this fall, and continuing to shoot near my home in Sandpoint, Idaho.”
The book is going to print in 3 weeks so keep an eye out and get yourself a piece of snowboard history. In the meantime check out Transworld Snowboarding’s interview with him.
Art for POW auction pieces by: Trevor Graves, Bud Fawcett, Kari Rowe and Adam Haynes
Once again we are on a giving streak! Nemo and friends love to help…we do stuff. From throwing parties and art shows to raise money for various foundations, to donating time, art and much much more. Look at us go, we are at it again! Photographer Josh Campbell has been collecting donations from various wonderful artist and photographers and has created ART for POW.
Heres a quick interview I conducted digitally with the young and talented Jordan Lutes who happens to be sitting in his posturepedic computering chair about 4 ft to my right…aaah technology. George Orwell called it….who needs to speak when we can just i chat!
But the story is, I snatched up this young man from Cali the day he graduated from Cal Poly and managed to sweet talk him into moving up north to continuously clean up the whirlwind of mess that is left behind as we power through shoot after shoot. He’s been here a few short weeks and I already don’t know what i ever did without him. *shout out to Jordan’s parents….he’s killing it.
So Jordan, first things first, have you ever buried anything?
No. What a creepy question.
Really nothing at all? Weird, i bury stuff all the time.
Of course, i thought everyone did! Ok here’s one every guy has a messed up answer to…Best fireworks story?
Two years ago I was in Pamplona, Spain for the running of the bulls. We figured the festival was small, and were completely overwhelmed when we got off the bus into a chaotic town. We’d had a pretty shit trip so far: no surf, rain everyday, missed our train from Paris, and no word from our contact in Spain. But just as we’d pretty much given up, a giant bang goes off, and an insane fireworks show starts shooting out of the town moat right next to us. The Spanish weren’t too impressed, but we were stoked, it ended up being a crazy night.
*side note: a kid got gored by a bull the day after we ran.
See i called it! Messed up!!!! Wait you actually ran?!
That’s a long story consisting of bulls, booze, no sleep, cops and combat boots. We’ll save that story for a later date.
I can’t wait to hear…next question. What moment in history would you want to shoot, and why?
Can I say dinosaurs? Put me in one of those jeeps from Jurassic park and I’d be happy.
Well, then this question seems to pale in comparison to dinosaurs and Jurassic Park: but who are your favorite photographers and why?
Anyone that can really capture youth in motion. Dewey Nicks and Embry Rucker were the first guys to really get me inspired and amped to get into surf lifestyle, they could really make it all look like a paradise. Neil Krug nails the whole expired film thing. Same goes for Ryan Tatar, dude can tell a story with a single Polaroid better than anyone else. Steve Sherman and Jack English’s black and white portraits were iconic to me- there’s a shot of Donovan that I’ve had taped to my wall since before I could surf.
I concur, all amazing lensmen. Now, on to a more pressing question what’s more important, wind or lettuce?
My two worst enemies. But I guess no wind equals no waves.
Excellent deduction my young friend “All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine.”! Finally the greatest question of them all, how did you learn about Nemo?
Originally from the credits in Afterbang back in like 2002. Eight years later, I’m getting ready to graduate from Cal Poly and saw a piece in PDN about Nemo. Noticed they were shooting a lot of stuff that I liked for a lot of clients that I liked. So I sent Kari Rowe an email, just to see what the studio was all about. A few weeks later I picked up a 5mm hooded wetsuit and got up to Portland to be the new photo intern.
Thanks for the info Jordan! Welcome to Nemo!
I will be waiting for the running of the bulls story!
I will take this moment to first thank everyone for their awesome portfolio submissions and hard work which you can view here…now i will give a very special Congratulations to DJ Ward!
We will be seeing you this summer!
When more than one person emails me the same link in a period of 4 hours, my interest will surely be sparked and i may decided to take the time to check it out. In this instance I will lower my head and sheepishly admit, the thing that sparked my interest was the second of two short emails containing this guy’s link, that read and i quote,
“this stuff is radical. plus there are boobs. enjoy Kari.”
Now, let me tell you. That email was right. His stuff is radical and yes there are boobs.
So to quote my dear emailer,
I know ive already blogged this video but it deserves one more….to get you amped for tonight!
The Clinton Street Theater
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Events phone – 503.238.8899
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$5 for Students w/ID
$4 for Seniors, Tuesdays / matinees
$3 kids 12 and under
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I had the lovely opportunity to meet with this talented and driven young man last week. Unfortunately for me, his stories stuck more readily in my scattered brain than his pictures…so now, a week later i have a hot minute to peruse his website and it only took seconds to recalled a few of my favorite shots. One of his stories is set on a farm in central flordia where he worked for room and board. In his free time he snapped off these wonderful shots. Keep up the great work Jake!
Check out his website where he has written the stories that correspond with each photo collection.