Play-by-Play Photography Adventure for Panerai from China

chasejarvis_pangeaWhoa. Pinch myself. I’m today en route to China on an epic assignment for the luxury watch brand Panerai, sailing this here 105 foot sailboat through the South China Sea from Shanghai to Hong Kong, and across to Taiwan in a mere 8 days. And I was just recently given this cool news: I can share with you the adventures of this campaign along the way.

Assuming I can get satellite uploads from the middle of nowhere, I’ll be able to keep in touch with daily images, words and occasional posts here to the blog, my Facebook page, and via Twitter. I hope you follow along. This is unlike any assignment I’ve ever done, really. It’s just me and my manager Jerard. No assistants, no “crew”. We have hand (carry on) luggage only, just two cameras (D3s and D7000) and a handful of lenses. I’m told by my photojournalist buddies that this “builds character”, well…, we’ll see about that.

My mission is to come back with some amazing images and video for Panerai of renowned explorer Mike Horn. Mike is an amazing man. He’s circumnavigated the earth at the equator without any motorized power via foot, bicycle, canoe and sailboat. He’s traversed South America on foot to the source of the Amazon and then swam the length of the river. And he’s also the first man in the world to solo circumnavigated the 20,000km Article Circle without motorized power, using only foot, ski kite, and kayak. Suffice to say, he’s legendary – one of the world’s greatest modern adventurers. I will meet him for the first time in just 24 hours. I can hardly wait.

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As I mentioned above, the client side of this epic assignment is the luxury watch brand Panerai. Italian-based and Swiss made, this badass brand was founded in 1860 and has been keeping time and looking good while doing so for more than a century. As someone whose never sported a luxury watch before, there are definite perks to picking up a fresh new client. Ahem…check out the photo below (is this real life?). My bicep is already larger on my left hand after wearing it for just 2 days.


Literally running to my gate here at the airport as soon as I hit ‘post’. Gear details, travel details, behind-the-scenes stuff and general debauchery as much as I can muster from the road. Wish me luck.

74 Responses to Play-by-Play Photography Adventure for Panerai from China

  1. Taylor Perkey October 1, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    Look forward to reading all about this! You are truly an inspiration!

  2. Sherri Innis October 1, 2010 at 9:58 am #

    Amazing Chase – So thrilled for you!

  3. Mike Folden October 1, 2010 at 9:58 am #

    Sounds like a great assignment! Looking forward to the updates and images.

  4. jeremy mayhew October 1, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    awesome! i can’t wait to see how the d7000 performs, and this seems like it will be a great topic for you to shoot/video, very excited. I’m sure i can look forward to plenty of BTS footage of you barfing over the side too?! haa haa.

  5. Bluestill October 1, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    I am anxious to know if you will be able to do uploads from the middle of nowhere LOL, but more excited to see what you got yourself into out there because I know it will be bad azz!!

  6. fatasian October 1, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    Hope you brought a gyro!

  7. Damian Serrano Thode October 1, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    Congratulations, looks like a wonderful assignment!! I hope you have a great time sailing, and I can’t wait to see your shots of it.

  8. David Peacock October 1, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    Epic. Can’t wait to see the results on your tear sheet. :-)

  9. Alex October 1, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    “They think me mad–Starbuck does; but I’m demoniac, I am madness maddened! That wild madness that’s only calm to comprehend itself!”
    – Herman Melville, Moby Dick

    I want stories boys…godspeed.

    – alex

  10. Jonathan October 1, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    Great Chase, wish you a lot of luck and may you have a great experience.

  11. andyherbick October 1, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    Cool. As a sailor and sailing photographer I’m stoked to watch this unfold. Combining you two envelope-pushing creative types has got to lead to some kick butt stuff. I’m hooked in and watching…

  12. diala chinedu October 1, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    thats awesome…I cant wait +]

  13. Ken Mott October 1, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    Very exciting. And nice watch!

    I say meetup in Taiwan when you’re done. I can show you around.

  14. daniel October 1, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    Great Work and Great Adventure!!! I’m jealous.
    I love this type of works “middle of nowhere”.
    Enjoy the travel on the sea!!!

  15. Mike October 1, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    Chase, did you bring the D7000 solely for video or for still as well? Is it really that powerful of a camera for an adventure such as this? Or for a pro shoot for that matter? Trip looks awesome, can’t wait to see pics.

  16. Frank Burch October 1, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    Chase, you’ll find Facebook and many other sites are unavailable in Shanghai because of Chinese censorship. I travel there frequently and subscribe to Express VPN. It’s a service that allows you to bypass the Chinese censors by using a server in the states. No censorship problems in Hong Kong.


  17. Rogan October 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    Fantastic news you’ve picked up such a mega client and it’s awesome you can enlighten us along the way…. Thanks for that! Damn you get get great jobs (deserved of course!)

  18. Jane Quigley October 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    Can’t wait to see the gear list. Thanks for continuing to share all of this and be safe!

  19. Sam October 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    wow this is going to be an amazing shoot. not only for the fact that chase makes great photos but that this will be done with 2 cameras.

  20. Juan Rubalcava October 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm #

    simply awesome! keep inspiring us!

  21. Jorge Bras October 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    good luck and enjoy the adventure!!!

  22. Tom October 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    Hi Chase,

    Chase the wind & have fun! Looking forward to see the results and the BTS stuff!

  23. Mark Fore October 1, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    So jealous I can’t even speak. I was shooting in Hong Kong earlier this summer, your going to love it!

  24. Diana Gordon October 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    sounds like this assignment was made just for you!!!!;)

  25. aradilon October 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    Have fun! I will follow u.

  26. Nick Moulton October 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    Chase this sounds awesome! Shanghai is an amazing city, and I’ve heard that coffee is a lot more easy to come by since I was last there in 2005 ;)

    Can’t wait to see your behind the scenes videos. They are always the highlight for me and it helps us folk live a little vicariously through you!

  27. Raj October 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    Okay I’ve always been jealous of you, but now i’m starting to dislike you! j/k!

    what an amazing job/life you have.. and congrats on the new watch!

  28. Matt Lange October 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

    It’s a tough life brotha. I trust you can survive.

  29. Giovanni Arteaga October 1, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

    Epic to the MAX! Damn boy! Living it up!

  30. Louis Tsai October 1, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    I can’t wait to see you in Hong Kong (i live in hong kong)!

  31. long.david October 1, 2010 at 7:20 pm #

    All i can say is have fun while your at it! Soak up the experience and share it with us. A bunch of us is gonna follow you!

  32. danny bowes October 1, 2010 at 9:28 pm #

    arrrh that sounds like a crap job mate.
    i don’t envy you at all.

    if you fall into the drink, and get eaten by a whale, can i have your D3?

  33. Confused October 1, 2010 at 10:53 pm #

    Good for you Chase, although I would consider you as the last photographer to do this kind of job. Thus, huge kudos to you for landing the assignment.

    You have serious business skills which are often overlooked by the people visiting this blog. None of them can be bought like a new camera or developed while taking pictures.

    Best wishes to you, Chase!

    • Chase Jarvis October 2, 2010 at 3:43 am #

      i understand why you might think this isn’t up my alley, but @confused it is squarely in my alley. it’s a little known fact that the first half of my career was spent in the action sports area of photography…skiing, snowboarding, motox, winter, summer, etc. It was all about documenting and creating and storytelling. So it turns out this is pretty much the same thing. we’ll see….;)

      • Confused October 2, 2010 at 5:31 am #

        Oh, I have no doubt you’re a great photographer for action shots, yet my concerns were related to the more “static” part of the campaign where you shoot the close-ups of the watch – which, I figure, you won’t be making at all. Thanks for clarifying :)

        In that case, I’m sure you are going to nail this job without any trouble, you’re a natural for that kind of job.

        Best luck on the trip and I’m eagerly awaiting the results!

  34. Gary October 2, 2010 at 4:59 am #

    I am sure that many will be interested in your further experiences and images with the new D7000.

  35. sandy edelstein October 2, 2010 at 6:27 am #

    wow! you really have the life, so excited for you! what a fabulous opportunity, and adventure (well deserved of course). can’t wait to see every post, good luck and be safe.

  36. Caleb P October 2, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    Greetings from another Seattleite here in Shanghai right now–how cool. We should have a Seattleites-lost-in-Shanghai meet… And yeah like the previous commenter said, Facebook is blocked here as well as Twitter. However, I may be able to hand-carry important messages back to the Emerald City. ;) Anyway sounds like a sweet project you’ve got. :)

  37. Mathieu Wauters October 3, 2010 at 5:06 am #

    Good luck sailor!

  38. Chance October 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    Please share as much as you can, so we can all live vicariously through you. Hoping for some great sailing images. Safe travels.

  39. Ness Ballauff - YesNess October 3, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    Very much looking forward to the daily updates!! Keep them coming. N

  40. Nate Huisman October 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    Chase, I am not going to be another person who just says “I want your career”. But what you do, and how you do it, inspires me to do something awesome, I don’t know what it will be, or when it will happen, hell im still 18. Just wanted to let you know, your the man. Think my firstborn will be named Chase.
    Stoked for the post, stoked for more to come.

  41. Faiman October 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm #

    Looking forward to see this campaign, Captain CJ ;)

  42. Gordon Fraser October 4, 2010 at 5:27 am #

    Well this is going to be cooooool. Nice watch!

  43. Daniel Korzeniewski October 4, 2010 at 8:59 am #

    Chase, thanks for sharing, this is really exciting, I’ll certainly follow along.

  44. Eric October 4, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    Have fun!
    Mike Horn and Chase Jarvis, wow!!! It’s will be a success!
    I will follow you

  45. lolly October 4, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    I’ll follow you Chase throughout your trip…………………………….good luck and come back soon

  46. Stuart October 4, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    Sounds awesome!! I’ll be following your adventures from the comfort of my home.

  47. Thatcher October 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    You are truly blessed bro! Safe travels and cannot wait to read the ‘rest of the story’ (Paul Harvey voice).

  48. Ryan Smith October 4, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

    Wow, enjoy this one Chase. I’m looking forward to seeing this epic adventure.

  49. Pepijn October 5, 2010 at 2:18 am #

    Hi Chase,
    SOooo coool, I always like this special heavy duty assignments. “This one will build character” hahaha. It is good to get out your normal envirronment and experience other sides of the world. That is one aspect I really love about my job.

    Be safe, and looking forward to the updates.

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    Wow! Your life is one great big adventure! Enjoy every minute!! :) I’m half asleep (5am) but have every intention of re-reading this once I wake up he 2nd time… Hahaa! Excited for you!! Happy sailing! ;)

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