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Womens Halfpipe Hero Sarah Burke Dies at 29

We can easily say Sarah Burke was one of the sweetest, down to earth, chill girls we have met in the industry. Spending days on end shooting with her was a pleasure indeed. It makes our stomach’s turn and our hearts drop to think that a woman that amazing and talented has been taken from us so early in life. You can read more about her injuries and what caused her death at USA Today Sports.

You will always be remembered Sarah!

Much love and our warmest feelings go out to her family.

You can go to the give forward site where you can make a donation to help Sarah’s family pay for the medical care she received over the past couple weeks.

 


Spencer O’brien wins first at TTR Tricks: O’Neill Evolution 2012

Damn girl! Cute, sweet and ripping. You have it all in our book!

Keep up the amazing riding in 2012!


Sarah Burke Seriously Injured

Just as we begin posting the uplifting story of Kevin’s recovery from his serious injury 2 years ago. Sarah Burke sustains a serious head injury at the same half pipe location, while also training for the Olympics. Our well wishes are with the beautiful young star and her family. You can read more about her injury at powdermag.

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MSNBC Covers Kevin Pearce’s Return To The Mountian

His story continues to inspire us all. Read more here.

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Kevin Pearce Will Ride Again!

I read this article in the NY Times about kevin getting on a snowboard again and my heart skipped a beat! This boy who was at the top of the snowboard bracket when i met him, and yet still one of the most humble and kind people in the industry, is now going to be stepping back on to a board as man who has overcome hardships many of us cant even imagine.

The new york times stated “For the first time since Pearce’s life-altering accident, he will strap on a snowboard and glide down a mountain. He plans to ride Tuesday afternoon at Breckenridge, Colo., surrounded by friends in the snowboarding community and anyone else who wants to tag along.”

Photo By Kari Rowe

Congratulations Kevin! Wish we could be there with you in more than just spirit!

Sending our positive energy your way Kev!

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45 of the most powerful images of 2011

Buzz Feed posted this article featuring some of the most powerful images of 2011. It is pretty insane to see all the disasters that have occurred this year! You can see the whole article here.


Kelly Slater takes home 11th title in 2011

That is right, the man has made history. Today, Kelly Slater earned a record 11th Association of Surfing Professionals world title at the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Search in San Francisco.

Congrats Kelly!

 


The fantasy of photographers

Has been shattered with two simple pie charts. Truth is a crule mistress!


HCSC Is Hitting the Hill Hard and Fast

Looks like the campers are enjoying the late snow up at Mt hood for session one of the summer camp for snowboarders!
Cant wait till we get up there for the photo workshop this year. It should be awesome!

HCSC 2011 Session 1 Recap from High Cascade Snowboard Camp on Vimeo.


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!


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.


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.


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.


Communication Arts call for entries


This is a big one. Communicaton Arts Magazine’s 52nd photography competition is upon us once again, giving young (and old) photographers the chance to be apart of the “most influential juried competition” in photography. And heads up, the deadline is March 25, 2011. Even if you don’t win, the chance to have your images spread worldwide in the photography annual, and on commarts.com, is priceless.
Check out all the rules, categories, previous winners and more at Communication Arts


Wavegarden; man made surfing

Wow! this is truly amazing. Wavegarden is a simulated ocean break that dates back to 2005, when engineer Josema Odriozola and sports economist Karin Frisch decided to combine their expertise in designing and building sport facilities, particularly skate parks, with their passion for surfing! i want to ride!!!! this video will make you want to too!

Wavegarden (Short) from wavegarden on Vimeo.


Who is Elmo Tide?

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.


Lady Gaga + Polaroid take us into the future


CES (consumer electronics show) was this week in Las Vegas, and while all the gadget nerds were focused on tablets and such, Polaroid‘s new ambassador Gaga was releasing the latest advancements in instant-image equipment, specifically, these space-age photo glasses. These monstrous sunglasses allow the wearer/shooter to record photo and video of whatever they happen to be looking at (not sure what the memory on them is though), display the images on the exterior of the lens, and export through a usb drive in the earpiece.
another notable piece of polaroid equipment was their pocket-sized wireless instant printer, allowing all of us smart-phone-addicted people to print our phone’s photos on the spot.
Check out Lady Gaga’s demo below (she kind of stumbles through her speech, but good for her for talking to all those nerds).


Kari Rowe shoots Julian Wilson’s big move to Nike 6.0


Fresh off the press and possibly the biggest move of the year so far, pro surfer Julian Wilson has left surf-industry giant Quiksilver to join the Nike 6.0 team. Julian stopped by Nemo on his way to Nike for a quick photoshoot with our very own photographer extraordinaire Kari Rowe. Check out Kari’s shots in your favorite surf mags in the upcoming month!


Happy Holidays from NEMO!

We’re wrapping up the year here at NEMO, and sending out our holiday gifts! Thanks to everyone for reading, commenting, questioning, and hassling on our blog this year! Happy Holidays!


BMW burns their logo into viewers eyeballs

Sorry, that headline probably came off much more graphic than what is actually happening. However, the folks over at BMW have gotten pretty crafty in their latest ad/stunt in Germany. Merging knowledge of technology and human sensory reactions, the car giant played their new tv commercial at a local theatre for a select audience. While the film was playing, they fired a profoto strobe through a BMW logo through the back of the screen, into the audience’s retinas, without them really even noticing. But when the viewers closed their eyes at the end of the show, they were left with letters BMW projected on their eyelids. Check out the sly tv spot below (though the flash effect doesn’t work over YouTube)

(via gizmodo)


Is the photo industry already over the iPad portfolio?


Here is a cool article from Photoshelter.com discussing the surprisingly disputed topic of using, or even replacing, iPads for portfolios. It’s a convienient and tech-saavy solution from photographer’s eyes, but are photo editors tired of them already? Here are 3 photographer’s who have taken the iPad portfolio to the next level in order to better brand themselves while still showcasing their unique styles. Even if you don’t have time to read the whole article, check out the images of how these guys are integrating their portfolio cases to house their ipads/stands/cleaning cloths/promo cards/whatever else they can pack in. Check it out at Photoshelter.


How to market a Champion

Here’s a cool article on how Quiksilver marketed their golden child Kelly Slater as he won an unprecendented 10th world title a few weeks ago. Very impressive how the win/loss of one heat in a surf contest decides the timeframe Quiksilver has to not only develop a campaign, but get it out to the masses worldwide, (and before Slater has even won). Not only did the celebration included products and POP displays, but facebook became the hub for fans to congratulate the king, along with commercials that ran during prime-time on ESPN sportscenter. Check out the piece here.


Pop stars don’t like model releases.


Apparently the cool new thing in pop music these days is to create a cool album cover, and forge the model release. A few months ago, indie-pop band Vampire Weekend released their long-awaited new album, featuring a retro-looking (and attractive) woman on the cover. Turns out she didn’t want to be there. The woman ended up suing the band for $2 million, claiming the 1983 photo of her was used in their Contra album cover art without her consent.
And now, Dido (I could barely remember her too, don’t worry) is in a similar situation. Her new album cover is a 1984 photograph of NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless hovering above the earth, and Mr. McCandless is pretty pissed about it. Although his face is unrecognizable in the photo, “according to his lawsuit, the Dido album cover identifies him as the astronaut in the picture. And the same image appears on NASA’s web site, identifying McCandless as the subject of the photo.” Not only is Dido getting sued, but Getty Images is getting thrown in as well since they were responsible for licensing the image. Sounds like Bruce is about to get paid.
To read the rest of the story at PDN, and learn how to not get sued by angry people, head here.