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
Clark Little has been gaining a lot of media attention recently (today show, early show, etc) for his photography. Probably because unlike other human beings, he loves to get owned by big waves. Check out this video (and another explaining his methods after the jump) of Clark getting shots in heaving hawaiian shorebreak. (via fstoppers.com)
THE BIRTH OF BIG AIR
Nemo Design presents The Birth of Big Air, a 60-minute documentary film featuring BMX legend Mat Hoffman in his pursuit to go higher on a bicycle than anyone ever thought possible. The Birth of Big Air chronicles Hoffman’s influence on BMX: the physical and emotional strains of riding at his level, and how he continued to question conventional thinking, ultimately leading him to set a World Record.
Our special guest, Mat Hoffman, will join us for the event. Nemo’s creative director Mark Lewman is a longtime friend of Hoffman. Together, Lewman and Hoffman executive produced The Birth of Big Air for Dickhouse Entertainment with Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze, and Johnny Knoxville. The project is part of ESPN Films 30 For 30 series, featuring epic stories of sport told by contemporary filmmakers.
A $5 donation gets visitors into the screening. All proceeds, including a raffle for Hoffman bicycles and products, will benefit Mike Vincent. Mike Vincent is a BMX rider who suffered brain injuries and loss of vision after being struck by a car in 2008.
The film screening takes place Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 7:30 pm at Nemo Design, 1875 SE Belmont Street in Portland, OR.
*sidenote: We are looking for photographers to document this event for us. If you are interested, email email@example.com
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.
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.
We live in a generation that shares everything, impersonal and personal. Check out this short little documentary titled INFLUENCERS, a film that explores the rapidly growing and changing world of cool-hunting, trend developing, and the social action/re-action exchange of the young and creative.
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!)
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.
I don’t know much about wakeboarding/wakeskating, and after seeing this video, I think I know even less. Check out Pro wakeboarder Nick Ennen and photographer (and friend of Nemo) Mike Yoshida take whatever-sport-this-is-called-now to the next level.
San Francisco photographer Joey Celis is kind of a genius for designing this Leica M9 iPhone Skin. Sadly, it’s not going to be made for sale- Celis considers it a “one-off”. Definitely makes him cooler than the rest of us iPhone users, though (and way cooler than those Droid users!)
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
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.
As you may or may not have already heard, the building that The Dept. and Cal’s Pharmacy have occupied in Portland for the last 9 years was sold a few months ago. Obviously this is a huge bummer to many skaters in Portland’s skateboarding community. The Dept. always strove to be a positive contributor to that community and “will continue to do so in whatever way it can in the future.”
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!