A little while ago nemo participated in our friend Thor of SeeSee Motorcycles’ colaboration with Bell and various artist’s around the portland area. The helmets turned out amazing and the show was awesome. Check out our studio shots of all 21 helmets and the behind the scenes with the artists, video by Jess Gibson.
All on Hell For Leather
What do you think of when someone says Portland Oregon. Well, thanks to the popular show Portlandia you are probably dead on with any Portlandia influenced image that comes to mind…but when you are here in Portland there are 3 things for certain….1. you cannot walk a Portland block without (literally) running into a designer 2. 99.9% of the people you talk to will be heavily over caffeinated and have a tattoo 3. You will become privy to at least 5 art shows you should visit, within in your first 15 mins here.
So in the true spirit of Portland Oregon, Jason Sturgill, the mastermind behind Art is Forever created a nice sandwich comprised of art, designers, the Portland art museum and tattoos. Thanks to my cellmate here at nemo, Jess Gibson, we have some visual stimulation, in the form of video of this tasty design nerd sandwich.
You can read more about this project at juxtapoz.
Artists Jeff Klarin and Rebecca Johnson from Los Angeles design studio Bughouse have created some awesome sculptures which are individually hand-cast in cement and then color-stained to bring out the subtleties. Its funny that the title is Future Fossils, because as far as the world of photography in this new year of 2012 and the past 10 for that matter, the sculpted cameras are fossils of a photo generation past.
The first email to pop up in my box this morning was from the amazingly talented Mr. Letchworth. This is his awesome new site.
Mr. Jeff Proctor has a solo show opening First Thursday, August 4th at Breeze Block Gallery. Come on down and support him!
If you want to see more of his work, check out is website.
As someone who spends a lot of time in the studio with stylists and product I completely sympathies with the countless hours of folding and throwing, re-folding, creasing and bending to make this still life item feel as if it is moving naturally and perfectly at the same time. A weird way to think about fabric and other interesting textures but its the life of a product photographer and stylist. However difficult it is to make the product hang/fold perfectly, conceptualizing ways to show the product without being on a person or mannequin is the hardest part of the job. Hernan Paganini’s series for Catalogue Magazine takes an awesome and fresh approach to product as still life art. He approached each item as a piece of art itself, then built individual installations per item with colors and textures that reflect and compliment the individual piece resulting in a series both designers and photogrpahers can appreciate!
This is an amazing video series that gives a glimpse behind the work of photographers from around the world. They interview both new and iconic photographers, a ton of eye candy and tips if you listen closely. it is truly inspiring, they have interviews with photographers such as, Tim Barber, Jimmy Fontaine, Dan Martensen, Frank Ockenfels, Magdalena Wosinska and more!
YOU ARE NOW!
This man is not only one of the sweetest humans we have ever had the joy of working with. He is talented beyond belief and is one of those people who have a passion for shooting that we at nemo admire and can definitely relate to.
He has been working hard on the Nike 6.0 campaigns, hand in hand with nemo’s art director extraordinaire, Steve Hoskins, who also happens to be the mastermind behind Thee Creamery, the artist mind that drives Sweet Cheeks (Hannah Teter’s panties with a purpose). I hear rumor that Josh has won a category in the Communication Arts Photo contest, as well as, the redbull Illume, and is a finalist in the PDN photo annual!
Keep killing it Josh!
On August 27th, 2009 Jonathan Harris turned 30 and began a simple ritual of taking one photo every day and posting it to his website before going to sleep.
This is a short film about Jonathan’s project, made a few weeks after he stopped it, by Scott Thrift
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.
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.
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.
These two have taken on a huge project. They are going to begin an archive of previously unseen and unused music/band photos. Check out their site and donate if like what they are doing!
for 6 years, Hans Silvester documented the people of the Omo River in Ethopia. The photos he got are breathtaking, these people use the natural minerals that surround them and paint their entire bodies. They adorn themselves with natural elements and they themselves become a work of art.
Elmo Tide is a photographer. Atleast we think that’s who he is or what he does. Elmo has no website, no professional portfolio, no Facebook, no Twitter. The only proof that Elmo Tide exists is a flickr account that has been updated twice- once in 2008, and once in 2010. Yet somehow his images have shown in photo galleries worldwide. It’s safe to say Elmo Tide is an enigma if anything. His mysterious work shows a world few other people may ever see, his images seem like fantastical movie stills from odd film noirs. Look at his photos for long enough and you’ll feel that you’ve been pulled into to a gritty underground counter-culture, not sure whether you want to run for your life or join the party. You can see NPR’s very brief and very vague interview with Elmo here.
Always looking to make studio and lighting more fun, we were recently sent this wild little video. Watch these artists go nuts with day-glo-esque “fluoro” paint.
Eerily realistic paintings by this NY painter, draws both a connection to women in America, and disgust that our society greatly distorts our view on body image. With so much pressure on the way we look people become closet eaters, bringers, bulimic, and anorexic. I have never seen this junk food epidemic captured so strongly, after looking through her site you gain a strong connection to the woman in the paintings and feel for her and the comfort she gets from junk food. Take a deeper look at her work here. Disclaimer: this site contains nude content.
After a morning of brainstorming with our friend Jake Stangel; who, by the way, has an amazing project brewing. I sat down and lost myself in this site. Thanks for the recommendation jake! Its amazing.
New York is a city full of characters. Everyone has their own story, this project by the NY Times is a brief look into the lives of the individuals that make up that colorful community. The commentary from the individuals, sharing their story, the rough black and white imagery, and the grit of the city showing through every story, you are sure to be lost for hours in this site.
Renowned commercial lifestyle photographer Nick Onken will be in town January 11th to talk with the ASMP of Portland. After shooting for clients like Nike, State Farm Insurance, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Lamborghini, Nick is quickly spreading his philosophy of photography.
“A big believer in living in the moment, his photos follow suit. With a designer’s eye, he’s constantly searching for that perfect moment to tell the whole story. And the pursuit of these moments has taken him around the world. His love of travel has recently collided with his career and he’s published his first book, Photo Trekking.”
Nick’s will lecture on his theory that in the end, running a successful photography business breaks down to making better images, and showing more people.
To RSVP for the talk, go here.
The Event will be held January 11th at Michael Jones Studio, 1937 N.W. Quimby St. Portland
Our friend Jake Stangel over at Too Much Chocolate interviewed former StudioNemo-ite, Sam Falls, over the holidays. Sam got his start at Nemo and has been evolving ever since. Check out the interview and work here.
It is that time again, Live and Direct takes on friday night at Rotture! This month they have a special guest painter Blaine Fontana, it will be a real treat to see him paint live so don’t miss it!
China Design Now opened this weekend at the PAM. I was lucky to see a preview of the show last week and it was incredible. Here is a little bit about it…
China Design Now is an immersive, multi-sensory exploration of the graphic design, fashion, interior design, and architecture emerging from China today. By focusing on the creative output of three distinctive cities, China Design Now presents a rapidly changing cultural landscape that is transforming China and our collective definition of urban life.
NEMO is super excited to be a part of this event through community programming. We have a fantastic surprise for November’s First Friday show. Save the date for November 4th. Check out more here… www.chinadesignnowportland.org
Art and books by Nate Silverstein and Andrea Paustenbaugh took refuge in our gallery for the month of October! The show was great so check it out what you may have missed.