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J Grant Brittain: Shoot All Skaters

So true, so awesome. Check it out.

You know how they say, “behind every great man is a great woman”? Something similar can be said about skateboarders only it would go something like this: behind every great skateboarder is a great photographer and/or Filmer. If a trick were to happen and no one were there to photograph or film it in order for you to see it, did it really happen? You ever heard that other cliche, “I’ll believe it when I see it”? I think a skateboarder made that up. Think about everything you’ve seen and were inspired by in skateboarding and I’ll bet you most of it has been through the invention of photography or filmmaking. Throughout the evolution of skateboarding there has always been the photographer and/or filmer right there by the skateboarders side ensuring that whatever happened it would be documented for the world to see. This segment is as simple as it sounds. Shoot All Skaters with legendary photographer J. Grant Brittain. Enjoy. — sb

PHOTO NERDS UNITE!


If your not already a fan of Josh Letchworth

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!

 


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!)

 


go skateboarding day

Ok, ok i know, I’m a day late here but what can i say…it was go skateboarding day yesterday and the temperatures here in PDX hit a whopping 80! So out we went sweating our way down the streets of PDX. So in honor of the amazing talent of skateboarding heres a little overview of a project we did with converse a little bit ago.

The launch of Converse skater Rune Glifberg’s signature shoe “The Allston”  was intended to both introduce Converse Skateboarding to the masses and make it unmistakably clear that Converse Skateboarding and Rune stood for originality and creative disruption. Nemo was briefed to create a scalable campaign, with skate-authenticity being paramount.Nemo collaborated with Converse Skateboarding to develop an inventive, visually arresting campaign that would speak to both core skaters and a mainstream audience. “Seeing is Believing” is what resulted. Combining both new technology with 3D cameras and old technology of dazzle camouflage (utilized in WWI to confuse German U-Boat commanders), we were able to create a totally new visual environment to experience Rune’s awesome lines. These videos coincided with a 3D print campaign published in core skate magazines and thousands of mailers, again, speaking to both core and mainstream audiences. The campaign culminated with a Converse 3D take-over of The Skateboarder Mag and a huge presence at the Summer X Games. Rune even earned the cover of Skateboarder that month.With the help of Nemo’s expertise, and an introduction like that, Converse Skateboarding was welcomed to the skate community with open arms.



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.


Travis Pastrana gets fashionably rad

If you open up the latest issue of GQ, you’ll see lots of metro dude stuff. But you also may find X-Games champ and lunatic extraordinaire Travis Pastrana gracing the pages in some damn fine suits. Travis rallied around the streets of downtown LA with photographer Peggy Sirota for the fashion piece on the summer’s “daredevil-ish” looks. Always fun/weird to see one of our own action sports athletes get all dressed up like a 9-5’er.
If you wanna be styled-out like Travis, the full article is here.


the obscure beauty of food as shown by Anna Williams

Man is this woman on it. I have a serious photo crush on her work! Food photography is a give and take based on personal taste (*insert laugh here) and is completely dependent on styling and lighting. Anna Williams brings all the elements seamlessly and as it would appear effortlessly together to create this absolutely amazing body of food photography. Then to top it all off she pieces her work together in very unusual ways to create single yet incredibly eye catching dyad.

Much love to you and your talented eyes Anna! Now I’m hungry.

 


NEMO Presents: Skulls & Tentacles

It’s art opening season, and Nemo Design is coming in hot with our first show of 2011: Accomplished snow and skateboard artists RYNO and Quincy Quigg. You’ve seen their work on Lib Tech boards, Volcom gear, and in the pages of Thrasher magazine. Complementing the aesthetic, Seattle-based musical guests Wildildlife will dispense their heavy, heavy space rock sound.

Music by:

Wildildlife

Sponsored by:

Volcom
Grenade Gloves
Widmer Brothers
LibTech Boards


Nike Vision Vintage Collection

Back in December, a few of our Nemoites, along with fun-loving photographerEmbry Rucker, took a little trip down to sunny San Diego to enjoy bikes, beaches and bonfires to create the new campaign for Nike Vision’s Vintage sunglass collection. Needless to say the rest of us in the offices were stoked to see the photos, and not so stoked to see that they scored amazing weather in December. Anyways, the Vintage website just launched, and the images and video look awesome. Head over to Nike Vision to get yourself amped on summer.


Nike 6.0 Presents: Leave A Message- A Women’s Surf Film

People can get pretty defensive in the argument of women vs men in sports, but let me assure you, women’s surfing has come a long way. Nike 6.0’s team of female surfers are not only showing up most of the boys, but they seem to be completely re-writing the present and future of women’s surfing. Here at Nemo, we’ve been traveling with, photographing, art directing and supporting most of these girls since the start of 6.0- Kari Rowe was recently down in Mex with Monyca Byrne-Wickey shooting for Sweet Cheeks (big sale at Roozt.com right now!)- and we couldn’t be prouder of the release of their new flick, Leave A Message. Featuring Malia, Lakey, Monyca, Carissa, Coco, and Laura, 6.0’s first legit surf film premieres May 19 in Los Angeles, and will be available for download May 24!


Chase Jarvis shoots a campaign in 180 seconds

We love Chase Jarvis– he is the master of photo efficiency. Aside from shooting breath-taking photos for some of the worlds biggest brands, he runs a non-stop photo blog, packed with more information than you know what to do with. I recently stumbled upon a video of Chase breaking down everything that goes into an advertising shoot- in under 4 minutes. This video is actually from 2008, but that doesn’t make it any less useful. Pretty impressive how in 180 seconds he shows the 6 major steps to a successful shoot: concepts/contracts/pre-production; travel; scouting; shooting; post-production; and delivery.


Digitally retro with Holga + Canon


Wanna be retro and cool? Of course you do. Everybody these days has a Holga camera, so how do you take that fun to the next level? Throw that cheapo plastic lens on your pro DSLR. HolgaDirect now makes a conversion kit, allowing Nikon and Canon cameras to accept a full range of the toy lenses including a macro, telephoto, and wide angle. This is actually a pretty cool way to get the Holga feel with none of the hassle or cost of developing and printing the film. The kit runs about $70, check it out here.


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.


Japan Earthquake Relief Print Series


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.


New Wrangler Campaign is Dangerous


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.


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.


TtV Cameras

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.


Skatebook VS Twentieth Century FOX


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.


All aboard the Grease Bus!

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.


boysen paint ad campaign; amazing!

The photos say it all.

Boysen Paint Jellyfish

Praying Mantis

snail

 


Trout + Snowboarding Equals Cover Shot

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.

TransWorld SNOWboarding April 2011 Cover from TransWorld SNOWboarding on Vimeo.

(via Transworld Snowboarding)


AR4T – Artists Republic For Tomorrow

Check out the site. Nemo has a bunch of posters! Go Design!


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.