One of the crazies and most insalely action packed, fun shoots we have done in a while was for the new mastercraft catalog. Which of course could not have been as visually appealing as it is without the magic trigger finger of the wonderful Josh Letchworth. Thanks to everyone who helped make this idea come to life. It looks amazing. Check out more images at Josh’s website.
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.”
Congratulations Kevin! Wish we could be there with you in more than just spirit!
Sending our positive energy your way Kev!
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.
This is the first instillation of what i hope will be many. Tasked with finding fashion forward thinkers in the action industry started with a mere fashion on the street type standard. But faced with the fact that i am no sartorialist, i cant just look at what a person is wearing and not try to figure out the personality behind the garb. I was determined to go deeper.
I began to rack my brain and think of all the athletes i have met and the individual flair they bring to their sponsors and style i couldn’t imagine just documenting what they wore. As far as i am concerned “Name Brands, overpriced items and the hottest new style on the market all pale in comparison to the style brought together by individuals and their personalities.
This monthly essay is one that will strive to capture the real, the raw and the individuals i meet in a new light. Any stereotypes you may have had when first meeting the individual will melt away, confusion will in sue and you will want nothing more than to meet the individual with these fashion forward frame of minds.
The first of these young trendsetters is Caleb Ruecker. A Portland native and a BMX athlete iconic for his personal style, infinite flare and talent for bedazzling even the most plain of nails.
You see him fly by on the street, hop a curb and spin off into the distance, your initial though? “What a Punk” A reaction he has received with a smile for years and happens to be the same reaction I had as he was flying on his bike over a crew of us nemo workers as we enjoyed an afternoon at the loading dock. Once the intimidation and pure awe of his personal style settled in, i got a hold of him, it only took 3 years.We collaborated and talked, gossiped and giggled (yes girls he giggles) talked nails and fashion. Seriously, not the rail ogling, bmx jabber i expected. This is where the shattering of stereotypes idea came into play. I wanted to make a series of fashion essays in which this person who normally appears intimidating and hard would come across calm, collected, complex and the soft man i spent the afternoon in the park. Not the spiked, tattooed, ruecker the hucker that the world knows him as.
To my excitement he agreed. This is the series we created in an afternoon here at studio nemo.
A special thanks to Sandra Hillen for making the video with me…that girl has so many skills!
And of course an extra big thanks to Josh Letchworth for agreeing to make a how to video with us!
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.
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!
If you weren’t here for the Undertow art opening on Friday you missed one awesome party! But the show will be up all week so come on in and check it out. Enjoy the video!
As I’m sure you are all familiar with the pseudo recent epic snowboard documentary That’s It That’s All, by Travis Rice and Curt Morgan. The man’s quiver is extensive and his films are impressive. Watch more of his work, online at the creators project or check out brain farm, his website.
He has done it! Officially made his website a-new. His work always has amazing personality and a sense of fun; to give us a hint of the fun his shoots really are he give us as much behind the scenes action as he can! His new site is not only easy to navigate but its set up in blog format so we get a fresh update as soon as he can show us! Michael, we will continue to enjoy your amazing website.
Here’s a job he did for bell with Studio Nemo. See I told you…fun!
The awesomeness is flying in today!
Chris Malloy’s 180º South made its world premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Fest, and now the boys are taking the show on the road. Starting this Saturday in San Diego, please join us for any of the upcoming premieres and stick around for some Q&A with the Malloys and Jeff Johnson… plus a musical performance by special guest Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse. Tickets and showtimes at woodshed.com.
Yesterday evening i received a wonderful surprise….a Mr Seth Neefus, he was making his rounds promoting his new traveling art exhibit Free Life Center. Which launches this Wednesday – May 26th – 8PM at the Holocene - 1001 SE Morrison – Portland, OR – 97214. Entry is $5 – All proceeds benefit Free Life Center’s west coast tour.
For just 5 bones you are sure to be entertained with enchanting musical performances by Inside Voices, E.B. Harris & the Afterlife Revival, Pioneer, Tasche de la Rocha, Weaver, & The Old Friend Band. I’m sure I will see you there!
Heres some more info on the tour and exhibit:
The time has finally come for us to hit the road with Free Life Center. Its an exciting time. We have almost three months of
exhibitions planned, that will take us from Vancouver B.C to San Diego with stops all along the way. Its sure to be an amazing journey.
And so it is with complete joy that we invite you and all your friends to the Free Life Center launch party. This magic send off will include the unveiling of the Free Life Center structure, exhibited for the first time in its fully realized form, complete with art, video, color, sound, and love.
The night also marks the release of Free Life Journal – Entry two -Building, a new publication documenting the construction of the structure. Produced in collaboration with the independent publishing house Container Corps.
A stunningly beautiful essay by Photographer Jim Krantz. For those of you unfamiliar with the Chernobyl disaster, it was what is considered one of the worlds worst nuclear power plant accidents. Back in 1986, there was a reactor meltdown and the power plant caught fire which sent a plume of nuclear smoke over large parts of Northern, Southern and Eastern Europe as well as the Soviet Union. 60% of the fall out landed in Belarus. As you can imagine this caused a major evacuation and deterioration of the civilization. Chernobyl Ukraine is now considered one of the most radioactive places on the planet.
Although the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and certain limited areas remain off limits, the majority of affected areas are now considered safe for settlement and economic activity, however due to the fear of exposure those areas remain nearly desolate.
Poster Boy is a New York City based street artist. By using a razor, Poster Boy slices up advertisements in the subway system to create completely original works of art. Due to the illegal nature of his work, Poster Boy remains anonymous. Well, anonymous until the recent events involving the young artist being sentenced to nearly a year in prison! Read more on the scorned judge who passed this rediculious verdict! Come on! I cant believe its a crime to make harmless art and have some fun with our surroundings by reconstructing the visual stimulants that are constantly forced upon us!
Our April First Friday show was a hit. Tyler Kolhoff showed his fantastic photography and the installation collaboration with Justin Gorman was incredible, as well. Special thanks go out to musical guests Guidance Counselor and Breakfast Mountain. Here is a sneak peak into Exhibit A. Come by for more…
I had a visit from the lovely ladies of Hello Artists last week. It’s about time the NW has a home base for global talent! I got to meet and look through Marissa Kaiser’s books. I love her energy and subtle storytelling.
Olivia Bee Photography has shot for Converse and has some magazine covers under her belt already, and she is only 15. (record scratches, back up, rewind) 15 FIFTEEN. Yep. Holy cow. I’m speechless.
So, I wish I had myself even a 1/8th as much together at 17 as this kid. HOLY %$((#$%&($#&%!!! Mike Bailey Gates, you are super cool. Can I meet your parents? Do they have a book on how to raise a super creative, driven, savvy kid? Do you want to come work for me?
Our awesome friend, Cole Barash, has done it again. I am impressed, not only by his amazing photography, but also by his ever evolving level of production. Cole has never been one to shy away from BIG ideas. At 21, he is simply the best snowboard photographer shooting. I think he’s ready to break that mold, now. Enjoy this behind the scenes video from his latest antics… (at my home mountain, none the less)