PDN‘s latest issue featured their pick of the top 30 photographers in the world who are under 30 years old, a highly coveted list by Nemo’s photo team. While we love seeing their work splashed across the pages, if a photo is worth a thousand words, often it’s more interesting to hear those words. Digging a bit deeper, this secondary article questions these up-and-comers on some their lessons learned throughout their educations. Here’s some highlights:
Katrina D’Autremont-”You never know what will come from showing someone your work. Very often results are not immediate but if you think about it, the best thing someone can say is that your work stuck with them, and that they still remember you months down the line.”
Bartholomew Cooke-”One of the things I’ve done since graduating is to fervently pursue every opportunity given to me. Even if doing so has not always generated the results I hoped for, it almost always opens new doors and is one of the main reasons I have had some success to date.
Liz Hingley-”I feel it is a process of learning and each stage produces a different kind of work. I don’t feel that experience always produces better work. ”
Rachel Barrett-”Diligence and organization are both crucial. It takes constant effort, on a daily basis: updating, filing, retouching, fine-tuning…the trick is to harness them and make them work for you, not against you.”
To read the rest and get inspired, get the full article on PDN.
The Poster Cause Project has just released their first batch of prints to benefit the doctors without borders program in their relief efforts in Japan. This is a great way to not only support artists, but to help Japan as well. 75% of profits from the sales of these posters will go towards the amazing doctors working tirelessly after the devastating earthquake and tsnuami in Japan. Our friend Ryan Bubnis has one of his designs up for sale on the site, so head over the the poster cause project to see all the posters and see how you can help.
Ad Agency Fred & Farid recently teamed up with photographer Cass Bird for a wild new set of ads for Wrangler jeans. Using professional stunt men (and women), scenes of people crashing though windows, blasted by explosions, and generally beaten and bruised were used to encapsulate the “We Are Animals” campaign. Looks pretty damn fun to me!
More info on the shoot, along with a rad little BTS video, can be found here.
This is pretty amazing. Pete Eckert began going blind while he was in art school, something i could only imagine feeling totally detrimental to any young artist. But amazingly, Eckert persevered. Gaining inspiration from his loss of sight, he picked up his camera again and eventually began creating deeply conceptual photographs. With his guide dog Clancy, Pete was the Grand Prize recipient of Artists Wanted: Exposure 2008, an international photography competition, and was awarded $2,008 with a formal reception at Leo Kesting Gallery in New York City. Watch this short video to take a look into Pete’s world.
TtV stands for through-the-viewer, and it has quickly become a fun new way to add some character to your photos. The process is simple: find a top-view medium format camera, fashion a tube to prevent light leaks and reflections, jam your DSLR into one end and your hasselblad into the other, start getting retro! The result is a nostalgic, vignetted image that can be taken digitally. for better directions and some cool images, go here.
I recently came across a photographer’s website that stopped me dead in my tracks. Not because I was so astonished by the work, but because I literally did not know what to do from the homepage. Don’t get me wrong, Kloster Photography‘s work appears quite professional and inspired, but the landing page may have killed the moment. Kids, here’s a quick guide:
-do not use tiles for your contact info, especially when the tiles are misplaced and/or scattered.
-do not use scrolling viewers for your portfolios. Yes, it’s efficient, but its frustrating and non-instinctive. It also leaves no good way for clients and creatives to reference your photos.
-if objects are click-able, make it obvious. If not, don’t.
-do not advertise portfolios or information that are not actually available, or “coming soon.”
-most importantly, do not confuse the viewer. let them in, show them around, keep it simple.
This week, Twentieth Century Fox discovered one of their characters, Bart Simpson, in the pages of our beloved Skatebook. Skatebook is a quarterly hard cover coffee table skateboarding book made possible by Mike Ballard, featuring some of the world’s best skateboard and culture photography. Unfortunately, it looks like Fox is suing Skatebook for depeicting Bartman “shredding skateboarding’s most famous spots.” Most likely this means the end for Ballard and his books. If you’re lucky enough to own one of these books, they’re about to skyrocket in worth! Check out the site and books while you still can.
With all this snow Mt. Hood has been getting, we’ve all been in snowboard heaven. Anyone noticed a flashy purple bus with “feed me!” written on it cruising around? If you haven’t figured it out, thats the one and only Grease Bus, Portland’s best way up to the mountain. Our friends over at Nike Snowboarding and Salomon Snowboards have been sponsoring these guys since 2001, and we’re pretty stoked on it. Running on bio-diesel, the bus offers skiers and snowboarders roundtrip service from the city to the slopes for only $10! Not only that, the bus is fully equipped with magazines, Clif Bars, and a flat screen TV to get you amped for the day. Next time you’re heading to hood, skip the lonely drive by yourself and hop on the grease bus with a few buddies instead! Head over to the grease bus site to see schedules and events.
The photos say it all.
Scott Serfas, you have officially impressed me. Last May, Serfas and his photo crew headed up to Bear Mountain to create a snowboard photo like no one has seen before. The concept was to get a split view of the surroundings in the Bear Mountain enevironment- the above ground action of snowboarder Lauri Heiskari, and the below water scenery of swiming trout. Seeing as there was no current quarter pipe/lake scenario on the mountain, Serfas decided to build a pond on the deck of the ramp, and give 20 fish a nice little vacation from their lake. Even with all this planning, it is amazing this worked as well as it did, right down to the confused trout staring directly into Serfas’ lens for the cover shot. Check out this behind-the-scenes vid and see the final shot.
(via Transworld Snowboarding)
Hopefully many of you know about TED talks. If not, you have some serious video watching to do. This years winner is a French photographer named JR.
JR broke barriers with his enlightening portraits of rival citizens shown in a humorous and often reassuring way, plastering the billboard sized images in the most affected and torn apart areas around the world. Starting the project in his native France, he quickly realized the power the images had. After this discovery, his team decided to move in to the middle east despite risk of arrest, brutality, or even death. Check out the video below to see JR’s amazing journey.