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.
Combining art and action never looked like more fun! Congrats to the I am snowboarding crew and the artists involved.
After an all too brief, yet inspiring meeting with the always charming Amanda Friedman, I was amped and ready to plunge deeper into the work of the scores of talented women I come across every day. Instead of just keeping their beautiful work locked in my vault of eye candy and people to work with, I will now begin to share.
My new years resolution (better late than never) is to seek inspiration daily. This is today’s gracefully creative stimuli.
As the new year begins, the fresh talent is pouring in. One thing I couldn’t help but notice while perusing through the portfolios, would be the number of amazing female photographers. As of recently the female to male ration has been heavily weighing towards the XX chromosome and it couldn’t be more beautiful.
A great example of a talented, lovely and inspiring female shooter is Chloe Aftel. Always sending new and amazing eye candy our way, she has just updated her site and will not disappoint.
To all the lovely lady shooters out there, we say keep killing it. More XX shooters in the posts to come.
After months of hard work, Nemo Design’s recently-launched Salomon website has achieved webpick of the day from Communication Arts! A big shout-out to the crew at Instrument web development for working in conjunction with our Nemoites (Erica, Steve, Tricia and KB). Check out the amazing Salomon Snowboards site here.
If any of you have the chance to play hooky from school or work tomorrow, I suggest you take it and drive straight out to Lincoln City. With only 48 hour notice, big-wave surfers from all over the world are currently flying in for the 6th annual Nelscott Reef big wave contest- the only big wave contest in the pacific NW. Contest officials made the call sunday evening after carefully watching swell charts, stating that this particular storm should produce waves between 30 and 45 feet, the largest forecast in the contest’s history. Grab some binoculars, your warm jacket, and get ready to see some gnarly s**t. And by the way, there will be no jet ski assists this year- paddle only- so you’re guaranteed to see some charging.
contest and site info here.
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.
The workshop was a blast this year. we worked hard and got some amazing shots….as you will see from the video you are about to watch. Congrats to the campers of 2010 you really did an amazing job. Cant wait to see what next year brings.
Heres some highlight shots from the HCSC Photo worksop week of adventure!
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When i hear the word paparazzi dont exactly think, “now theres a real artist.” That invasion of privacy the paparazzi conduct every day, is cheap and wrong in my book. However, director Leon Gast may give me another perspective on the paparazzi in his new movie “Smash His Camera“.
It is about the infamious paparazzo Ron Galella, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sued him, Marlon Brando broke his jaw and Steve McQueen gave him a look that would have killed, if looks could kill. To the celebrities he pursued, photographer Ron Galella was the beast who threatened beauty. As it turned out, he gave them a strange and lasting beauty they might never have known without him. Inherent in the story of this notorious paparazzo are the complex issues of the right to privacy, freedom of the press and the ever-growing vortex of celebrity worship. He sneaked around and invaded and bribed and held up his camera and shot till he dropped (or someone dropped him). His was the artistry of the sniper. Yet Galella found something essential in his real-life subjects, and he gave it permanence.
Out on July 30th this movie looks pretty rad.
Our newest photo crew member, my new personal confidant and pop culture master, Jordan Lutes just sent me this still life photogo’s site. I’m getting such a kick out of it that i thought i would share! I love the food! Seriously makes my mouth water, this guy brings an awesomely moody, yet colorfully scrumptions feel to a stack of macaroons and a bologna sandwich. Food’s never looked so good! Check out Lucas’ site.
To celebrate the launch of the Nike 6.0 Women’s line, Nike 6.0 and Foam Magazine want you to send in your best photo or collection of photos (3-5) that capture what it means to be Living Life Full.
So all you young athletic lens-women check out the contest and enter to win a full Nike 6.0 Women’s wardrobe from the Holiday 2010 line and her winning photograph will be featured in the November issue of Foam so hit us with your best shot and you’ll be rewarded big time. No need to rush the contest is open until October 1, 2010
How Many Dreams in the Dark? My life on the road with the legends of snowboarding. by chris brunkhart
That’s quite the lengthy title but it suits the length and depth of his career. The other day i received word that Chris Brunkhart has made his goal of raising 5,000 dollars to publish his book.
“I have been photographing for over 25 years. Starting my career at a newspaper in Chicago and eventually found my home in Portland. Around 1991 I got involved in snowboarding in its infancy. Becoming a senior photographer for Snowboarder and Transworld magazines, I shot with Craig Kelly, Jamie Lynn Terje Haakonsen and Matt Donahue and host of others from all around the world.
I have seen 6 continents, finding the beauty not only in the mountains but in the people I’ve met, the cities I’ve visited and the culture I’ve encountered. I helped found The Movement Snowboards and Frequency magazine. In 1996 I published “The Creedle Chronicles” with Volcom, and 3 years later released the cult snowboard movie, “The Walrus Dreams.” Currently working on my book, “How Many Dreams In the Dark?” to be released this fall, and continuing to shoot near my home in Sandpoint, Idaho.”
The book is going to print in 3 weeks so keep an eye out and get yourself a piece of snowboard history. In the meantime check out Transworld Snowboarding’s interview with him.
Art for POW auction pieces by: Trevor Graves, Bud Fawcett, Kari Rowe and Adam Haynes
Once again we are on a giving streak! Nemo and friends love to help…we do stuff. From throwing parties and art shows to raise money for various foundations, to donating time, art and much much more. Look at us go, we are at it again! Photographer Josh Campbell has been collecting donations from various wonderful artist and photographers and has created ART for POW.
Heres a quick interview I conducted digitally with the young and talented Jordan Lutes who happens to be sitting in his posturepedic computering chair about 4 ft to my right…aaah technology. George Orwell called it….who needs to speak when we can just i chat!
But the story is, I snatched up this young man from Cali the day he graduated from Cal Poly and managed to sweet talk him into moving up north to continuously clean up the whirlwind of mess that is left behind as we power through shoot after shoot. He’s been here a few short weeks and I already don’t know what i ever did without him. *shout out to Jordan’s parents….he’s killing it.
So Jordan, first things first, have you ever buried anything?
No. What a creepy question.
Really nothing at all? Weird, i bury stuff all the time.
Of course, i thought everyone did! Ok here’s one every guy has a messed up answer to…Best fireworks story?
Two years ago I was in Pamplona, Spain for the running of the bulls. We figured the festival was small, and were completely overwhelmed when we got off the bus into a chaotic town. We’d had a pretty shit trip so far: no surf, rain everyday, missed our train from Paris, and no word from our contact in Spain. But just as we’d pretty much given up, a giant bang goes off, and an insane fireworks show starts shooting out of the town moat right next to us. The Spanish weren’t too impressed, but we were stoked, it ended up being a crazy night.
*side note: a kid got gored by a bull the day after we ran.
See i called it! Messed up!!!! Wait you actually ran?!
That’s a long story consisting of bulls, booze, no sleep, cops and combat boots. We’ll save that story for a later date.
I can’t wait to hear…next question. What moment in history would you want to shoot, and why?
Can I say dinosaurs? Put me in one of those jeeps from Jurassic park and I’d be happy.
Well, then this question seems to pale in comparison to dinosaurs and Jurassic Park: but who are your favorite photographers and why?
Anyone that can really capture youth in motion. Dewey Nicks and Embry Rucker were the first guys to really get me inspired and amped to get into surf lifestyle, they could really make it all look like a paradise. Neil Krug nails the whole expired film thing. Same goes for Ryan Tatar, dude can tell a story with a single Polaroid better than anyone else. Steve Sherman and Jack English’s black and white portraits were iconic to me- there’s a shot of Donovan that I’ve had taped to my wall since before I could surf.
I concur, all amazing lensmen. Now, on to a more pressing question what’s more important, wind or lettuce?
My two worst enemies. But I guess no wind equals no waves.
Excellent deduction my young friend “All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine.”! Finally the greatest question of them all, how did you learn about Nemo?
Originally from the credits in Afterbang back in like 2002. Eight years later, I’m getting ready to graduate from Cal Poly and saw a piece in PDN about Nemo. Noticed they were shooting a lot of stuff that I liked for a lot of clients that I liked. So I sent Kari Rowe an email, just to see what the studio was all about. A few weeks later I picked up a 5mm hooded wetsuit and got up to Portland to be the new photo intern.
Thanks for the info Jordan! Welcome to Nemo!
I will be waiting for the running of the bulls story!
I will take this moment to first thank everyone for their awesome portfolio submissions and hard work which you can view here…now i will give a very special Congratulations to DJ Ward!
We will be seeing you this summer!
When more than one person emails me the same link in a period of 4 hours, my interest will surely be sparked and i may decided to take the time to check it out. In this instance I will lower my head and sheepishly admit, the thing that sparked my interest was the second of two short emails containing this guy’s link, that read and i quote,
“this stuff is radical. plus there are boobs. enjoy Kari.”
Now, let me tell you. That email was right. His stuff is radical and yes there are boobs.
So to quote my dear emailer,