Inspiration

Art is Forever: Jason Sturgill + Jess Gibson

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.


dentsu: paint sound sculptures

This is really really rad!

Canon Pixma: Bringing colour to life from Dentsu London on Vimeo.


Design Sponge…Clutch Camera and Lighting?

There are a few blogs i like to browse with my coffee in the morning, one in particular inspires me every morning, Design Sponge, there was a certain house under the sneak peek section that caught my eye last week. I didn’t have much time to read into it since my dog was pushing her head under my laptop and whining to go for a walk. But this morning i decided to check out the details of this fabulous place. As i began reading it became immediately apparent, this was Nemo’s friend Greg of clutch camera and Antler&Co! I love seeing the amazing creativity in the homes of those you work with on a daily.

Greg we love you and your insane ability to build cabins and make amazing art out of your homes! Oh and for supplying us with top notch service and photo equipment from Clutch!

With that said, check out Antler&Co for amazing wall hangings and if you are ever in the Portland area and need some rental gear, Clutch Camera is the place to contact! (Justin and Greg will never let you down!)

 


Jonathan Harris Turned 30

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

TODAY from m ss ng p eces on Vimeo.


Deus Ex Machina- welcome to paradise

Head’s up- if you have any interest in surfboards, classic motorcycles, hand-painted art, custom bicycles, and/or photography, you may become extremely jealous after watching the following video. Deus Ex Machina, aka the “temple of enthusiasm,” is the brainchild of former surf photo legend and current ex-pat Dustin Humphrey. In 2006, Humphrey released Sipping Jetstreams, possibly the most successful and sought after photo book of this generation. In 2007, D. Hump disappeared completely, leaving the editorial surf world wondering where and why. Turns out he was putting all of his attnention into Deus Ex Machina in Bali, Indonesia- a paradise within a paradise. Take a tour of this wonderland in the video below. For further info on D. Hump and his what brought him to this new life, go here.

Deus Temple of Enthusiasm Walk Through. Canggu, Bali from Deus Bali on Vimeo.


Advice from the “30 under 30”


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.
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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.


Pete Eckert: Award-Winning Blind Photographer

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.

| Artists Wanted | In Focus : Pete Eckert from Artists Wanted on Vimeo.


Meet 2011 TED winner JR

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.


who ever said photography was easy!

the team at Swanson studio take you behind the scenes of the making of their art show!
I feel inspired!


Color of Light- Ponomarev Boris

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.


the softer side of shooting ft. Cheyenne Ellis

The always lovely and talented Cheyenne has a quiver of both heart warming and eye pleasing work to peruse. With some new stuff on her site and the old stuff that you’ll never tire of looking at check out her website and you are sure to be inspired.


Vivian Maier – Her Discovered Work

The work of one Vivian Maier is running rampant across the world wide web, causing me to feel the urgent need to become aquainted with her work myself.

She was a street photographer located in NY and Chicago between the 1960’s and the 1990’s. The purchaser of her work, a guy named John Maloof ended up purchasing around 100,000 negatives of her work — 20,000 of which were still in undeveloped rolls.  An amazing and exciting process has begun, and John is documenting it thought this blog. Some interesting and inspirational stuff.


One in 8 million

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.


The Sartorialist

For those of you who don’t follow The Sartorialist (sar·to·ri·al:of or pertaining to clothing, style or manner of dress), it’s an all-encompassing fashion photo blog, run by Scott Schumann showcasing his street photography in his hometown of NYC and other fashion hubs like Milan, Paris, etc. And for those of you who do already know about and follow this site (70,000 people daily), Schumann’s persona has been relatively hidden until now. Intel recently produced a short documentary piece on the life and times of The Sartorialist. The video is beautifully shot on the streets of New York, following Scott as he interacts with his “models.”


Nick Onken at ASMP Portland


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


How to get your mom to skateboard

Remember pushing around the shopping cart, making sure no one was looking, and then hopping on the back bar to ride it down the aisle? Of course you do. Well if you ever wanted your peers to partake in the same fun, this may be the way to do it. (and surprise, the spot is by Volkswagen!)


(via http://blog.swell.com)


Chris Burkard wins Red Bull Illume 2010

The Red Bull Illume image quest (the world’s premier action and adventure sports photography competition) just went down in Dublin last night. 4,773 photographers from 112 countries, 22,764 submitted photos, all showcasing their love and dedication to action sports. After nearly 6 months of sifting through photos, the 50 finalists were unveiled on August 31 at a spectacular ceremony in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. And at the end of the night, central California’s surf-photographer-extraordinaire Chris Burkard and his image of Pete Mendia riding refracting waves in Chile walked away with the grand prize: a Leica S2 camera worth €30.000 (roughly $38,000!)

Red Bull will also be releasing the Illume Photobook 2010, a record of their quest. The top 250 images have been published in high-quality hardback and will be available soon for purchase for fans of these stunning, breathtaking images.
To check out all the other insane finalist images, head over to Red Bull Illume


Mickey Smith- The Dark Side of the Lens

This video popped up on surfline.com about a week ago, and since then has earned a lot of attention all over the web. The video is apart of Relentless Energy’s Short Stories competition, “a challenge to filmmakers around the world to explore, reveal, celebrate and define NO HALF MEASURES through the medium of film.”

Mickey Smith’s video is the first entry to this competition, and I think after seeing it, most will agree it will be a hard one to beat. Shot in super 16mm film, as well as groundbreaking work with Canon’s 5D mkII, Smith’s documentary/monologue along with some stunning shots throw us into the harsh world of surf photography in Ireland and the UK, a surprisingly up-and-coming locale for action sports.

For more info on Mickey Smith and the Short Stories competition, check out www.mickeysmith.co.uk/ and www.relentlessenergy.com


These Americans

These amazing photos are documentary images from a project called These Americans which is a collection of archival footage between 1950 and 1980.

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Live and Direct

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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!


Reflecting China_StudioNemo gallery 11.06.09

Photographers Shen Wei and Jane Tam are the guest artists in StudioNemo for the month of November. The Friday nigh show went great, and despite the chili weather the house was packed! Check it out!

Reflecting China_ StudioNemo 11.6.09 from Todd Templeman on Vimeo.


Spheres Of Fury by Hecq Vs Exillion

Saw this video via the Defgrip crew, and just had to post it here on our site. Really great, i love the concept, color and editing of the video and music. It made me smile!

Hecq Vs Exillion – Spheres Of Fury from Tim.Chris.Film on Vimeo.


Nike 6.0 Tunnel Jam

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Nike just released the official Tunnel Jam video! Don’t know much about this project other than they spent six weeks building this amazing set up in an abandoned tunnel. This video is sick! Some amazing combo tricks, huge transfers and a broken bike frame! Check out the video here at Defgrip!


Athlete Recovery Fund

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Hey Kids, check it out, The Athlete Recovery Fund is a group that helps injured action sports athletes (skate, bmx, and fmx). How rad is that! And right now they are teamed up with Ball Park Franks who will donate $1 to the ARF every time you watch this video, so watch it all the way through at least once and help out those in need! Remember many professional action sports athletes do not have health insurance and cannot get it due to their high risk profession.