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Emerging Talent: Burning Man + Beyond – Darren Miller’s Performance Artists [as captured by one]

Each year thousands upon thousands of people streaming out of the Nevada desert from the annual gathering called Burning Man. A friend called the annual event, ‘the most significant counter culture gathering of our time.’ This friend is smarter than me in a plethora of ways. I respect his opinion as gold…and yet I still have never personally attended. The organizers state that, “Trying to describe Burning Man to someone who has not experienced Burning Man is like trying to describe a specific color to someone who is blind.” So I am no expert. What I do know is that close to 60,000 people are leaving Black Rock Desert right now and coming back into society all over the world brimming with creativity. That’s cool by me. If, like me, you’ve never been, you probably have a friend that comes back inspired and singing the praises of the experimental community that dances on the playa, drives around in mind-blowing works of art in a surreal Mad Max meets Alice-in-Wonderland landscape. Art for art’s sake at an astounding level.

Photographer Darren Miller has been going to Burning Man for the better part of a decade. He attends each year not just as photographer but also as a professional performance artist. Click through the image tabs above to see some of his joyful work PLUS his shots from last week’s Burning Man. He pays the bills shooting corporate events, commercial jobs and weddings. He often doubles as photographer & entertainment at weddings and events! But it is his personal work, the photography of fellow performance artists, that really lights him up with inspiration. Sometimes quite literally… since he’s been known to fire-dance. I caught up with Darren before he took off for the desert this year to find out about how his community plays into his photography, his influences and why he goes to Burning Man.

CJ: Tell me about Burning Man…
DM: Burning man is one of the largest art festivals in the world that is completely built and created by the sixty thousand participants. In the middle of the isolated and barren Nevada desert
the most colorful creative world comes to life for one week every year. It is radically expressive, and totally unhinged. It is amazing and the scale of the art projects, although worthy of the accolade, could not be held by any of the world’s largest museums. It is an experiment in spontaneous community building that is based on sharing and collaboration. This cauldron of creative expression catalyzes to the core the people who are called to go. When you arrive at the gate you are greeted the words Welcome Home. At that point the mystery of your week there begins to unfold. For me Burning Man is the ultimate coming together of my life as a photographer and performer. There’s a great quote from an essay on the website by Molly Steenson that sums it up: “You’re there to breathe art. Imagine an ice sculpture emitting glacial music — in the desert.”

The photographer captured during a performance (Photo: SergioGoes)

CJ: Can you describe the intersection of your work as a photographer and a performance artist?
DM: For me photography intersects with performance because the more expressive and entertaining I am, the more relaxed and natural the clients and subjects I am working with become. Photography is a circle between the photographer and the person being photographed. My playfulness and provocative excitement inspire playfulness in others and I find that the more performance-like energy I put into a shoot – the more unique and exciting the results are within my subjects. I push my subjects outside of their comfort zone. People are often surprised, in a good way, by the results. “I wasn’t so sure about that at first,” is not uncommon to hear. But the photos are totally unique and totally full of joy – and it seems to make an impact for people.

Darren at work (Photo: Karl Baba)

CJ: You work with professional performers all the time:fire-breathers, stilt-walkers, dancers, Cirque du Soleil kind of stuff. How do you find these people?
DM:I live in San Francisco which is basically one of the world’s meccas for creative performance and unique expression. It seems like everyone here has some expressive pursuit in their life. What is really wonderful is the collaboration in the performing community. There is a lot of encouragement between individuals and groups to support each other’s creative offerings. In my view the energy of this area is wildly creative, and I feel at home here. Many of my friends and our extended community are world-class performers and so I have a privilege of sharing worlds with them. When we do talk about collaborating on a photo project there is usually a high resonance in our conceptual thinking that inspires a collaboration to happen.

CJ:Given that you are a performance artist – do you try self-portraits?
Self portraits are really interesting to me because I am always evolving my sense of who I am and with that comes new ideas for how I express myself and the performance characters I am developing.
Recently I got a Go Pro camera and I can use it to take pictures of me doing activities a wide range of activities such as surfing, and underwater photography. This year at Burning Man with the giant puppets I have made, I am planning on attaching the Go Pro on the head of the puppet to take pictures from the puppets point of view, with people’s reactions and all.

The photographer on stilts

CJ: Your portfolio has studio work, but it seems there is a strong theme of human creativity juxtaposed with mind-blowing nature. What location do you prefer with your subjects?
DM: In my heart of hearts I am a man of the wilderness and I feel completely at ease in all sorts of environments within the natural world. I grew up on rivers and in the ocean and mountains and on many occasions have solo journeyed into isolated natural areas for days at a time. I never feel more complete in who I am than when I am in the wild. It is this love of the natural world and understanding of the awe and wonder that inspires me to want to photograph people in extreme conditions. What I find in the photograph that we make together is something remarkable. Each person is changed by the environment they are in and the raw natural world setting brings out the epic and heroic and the beautiful nature that is within each of us. Modern society has moved so far from having a daily connection with the natural world, that doing this portrait work in nature serves as a kind of recollection of that connection we have might have lost along the way.

The Man - Burning Man 2012 (Photo By Moze via Burning Man blog)

CJ: Who are your influences?
DM: Without seeming like I’m sucking up, and naming names, I am really inspired by the photographers like Chase Jarvis who are sharing their work with everyone openly from concept to creation – in the same way that the artists at Burning Man share their creativity in the interest of inspiring more people. This attitude and culture of sharing is definitely encouraging me to delve deeper into my own personal work and get it out there. The provocative wide open potential for image making gets me really exited. There are so many ideas I would like to make photographs of, and I am looking forward to sharing them and contributing as much as I can to inspire people to embrace their own creative potential.
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To see more of Darren Miller’s work go here and here
All Photos in this post: Darren Miller

More info Burning Man here

Burning Man 2012 (Photo: Darren Miller)

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Emerging Talent: Kindra Timmerwilke’s Moody, Intensely Personal 365 Days Project

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The work of Kindra Timmerwilke is a great example of commitment to craft. She’s been following her passion for photography with diligence – despite having a day job. Based out of Seattle, she is a testament to what can happen if you put parts of your heart and soul into your photography. In the midst of a 365 days photo project (this simple concept is birthing creativity all over the world) we sat down with Kindra to talk about her challenges, inspirations and the name of her camera. Click through the photos above to see more of Kindra’s work.

As I understand it, you haven’t been photographing for very long. What inspired you to pick up a camera and start shooting?

KT: It really depends on how you look at it, but for me, taking my photography *seriously* didn’t begin until I started my 365 project. Last summer I happened upon someone selling a Nikon D40 online for a reasonable price, and, knowing nothing of DSLRs but having a very old passion for film photography, I asked for recommendations. Some casual photographer friends of mine acknowledged that it was a good deal, and so I bought it. Since then, it’s been a gradual reawakening of my passions artistically. Once I committed to the 365, I started finding myself after many years of feeling lost and uncertain of my purpose in the world. Finding Ludo, as I call my camera, really felt like I was being jostled by some unknown force to start expressing myself after an incredibly long absence.

What has been the most challenging thing on your journey into photography?

KT: That is incredibly difficult for me to quantify–I could say it’s the attitudes of some people that really turn me off and leave a bad taste in my mouth, or the fact that I work a full-time job and have to work very hard to make sure I have both the time and energy for photography, or even the frustrations that are met with having outdated gear which feels very much like being a goldfish who’s outgrown its bowl… In the end, for me, I’d have to say that the competitive and sometimes vicious nature of other artists has really disappointed me. Each and every one of us has something to offer in our own unique way, and to view it as a competition just seems all wrong to me–it’s about finding common ground, bringing beauty and understanding into the world, sending empathic messages, and maybe even touching base with like-minded individuals. To me, viewing it as anything other than those things is a realm beyond my understanding, and this is one of the very few times you’ll hear me say that I prefer to not understand it.

What inspired you to do the 365 days project? Has it been difficult to take a photo every day?

KT: I’m actually not entirely sure what struck me when I started considering taking on the challenge. I’d seen other photographers doing it, and I suppose I started thinking about all the challenges but also benefits that were a part of the 365, and after about two weeks of sitting on it, I decided to tackle it. The thought of physically, mentally, and emotionally forcing myself to do something that committed was both terrifying and exhilarating, and I can honestly already say that it has changed my life. The *taking* a photo every day isn’t difficult–what is difficult is the way that my own personal bar for my standards keeps rising higher and higher. When my project took a sharp turn somewhere after day 100 from photographing mostly nature and inanimate objects to photographing basically nothing but others and myself, I found an entire world open up with its own challenges and possibilities. Considering that I work 40 hours a week, tackle projects from local designers and other collaborations, and also now have pretty high standards for what I put out each day, difficult doesn’t begin to encompass it. But, all the same, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

What’s your favorite photo that you have taken?

KT: It’s a tossup between about four, honestly: Emergence, As the World Falls Down, Cradling Hyperion, and Day #12 are all that I feel very connected to. Emergence was a very spur of the moment shot that worked out well for me and really communicated the surreal feeling that I generally aim for in my work–and I did enjoy passersby looking at me oddly as I flung my head around in a public space. As the World Falls Down is titled after my favorite movie, Labyrinth, and was one of the first shots I put out that I still wouldn’t change anything about. Cradling Hyperion is very soothing to me and was intimidating because it was the first manipulation like that that I’ve tackled. And Day #12 was probably the first image I shot entirely out of my comfort zone and I felt very strongly about, which also happened to be an tragically unfortunate but “lucky” moment… So, out of all of those, at this point, probably Emergence.

Do you know what your final image in your 365 days project will be?

KT: Not in the slightest! I might know as the day comes closer, but it’s a *lot* of pressure, and I’d rather not think about it at this point, if I’m to be entirely honest. I let the inspiration for shots come to me as they will, so hopefully something amazing and on par with whatever my skill level will be on that last day will hit me right in the face. Prior to the final day of the project, of course.

Do you prefer shooting yourself or models?

KT: For me that’s almost similar to comparing apples and oranges–I enjoy aspects of both, but I will probably say for now that I prefer self-portraits because they are extremely therapeutic. It gives me a chance to release pent-up feelings and express them in a way I wouldn’t otherwise be able to. On top of that, since it’s my vision, I’m willing to absolutely suffer for it–physical discomforts, risks, and the like, are trivial when shooting self-portraits because I can see in my mind what the end result will be. And I’ve always been a bit of a daredevil, so it works out really well with some of my more ridiculous concepts! On top of that, I can be overly patient with myself when shooting, because I know I won’t get annoyed if it takes longer than anticipated, whereas with a model, I’m using up her/his valuable time and therefore have constraints due to that.

Do you have any tips on shooting self portraits?

KT: So many tips! Invest in a shutter remote and tripod, to start. For me, I like to shoot concepts that are very meaningful to me or send a particular message. I’m really big on expression, and it goes a long way with self-portraits. People appreciate honesty, and risks are usually worth taking, in my opinion. On top of that, be bold and don’t worry about what others will think of you–so many times now I’ve been seen doing silly things in public spaces for an image, with people staring or asking what on Earth I’m doing. But I know that in the end that my current embarrassment will be overridden by my joy in creating something I feel happy with bringing into the world.

Anything else you’d like to add?

KT: Absolutely follow your heart. I allowed some cutting words from a “professional” photographer years ago put a halt on my artistic progress in general for more years than I’d like to admit. But now I don’t allow anybody to plow through me like that–people don’t need to understand what it is you’re doing or why you’re doing it as long as you do it because you know it *needs* to be done and you find a sense of happiness with it.

Check out more of Kindra’s work here and here.

Emerging Talent: Thomas Czarnecki’s Dead Disney Princesses — A Morbid Twist on Childhood Classics

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Disney movies are an integrated part of childhood for most Westernized culture, to the point where if someone is presented with a picture of any of the “princesses” they can immediately identify them. These princesses are a clearly engrained part of our youth culture, visions of feminine charm and reworked classic fairy tales. But what happens when instead of showing these fictional women as beautiful shining figures, you surround them with filth and death? Click through the tabs images above to see examples of just that – the work of Thomas Czarnecki.

The French photographer’s stunning series “From Enchantment to Down” caught my eye and I asked him to elaborate about this innovative and shocking photoset – this is what he had to say:

“I like the darkness aesthetics, I was always been attracted by the world of movies like David Fincher’s Seven or Tim Burton and David Lynch. In photography I’ve found inspiration in many: Eugenio Recuenco, David Lachapelle, Guy Bourdin or my friends Olvier Foulon and Olivier Lecerf – [these] are only a few.  Obviously, many an inspiration comes from the digital world, the web, and I can surf for hours going through many a visual adventure that I take inside of me. Each photo takes a long time to achieve, it is sometimes a bit frustrating but that’s how it goes. Finding time between a job and social life is very complicated. I wish I could devote myself entirely to photography but it is unfortunately not possible at this time, but I don’t despair! 

The theme of this series is universal. The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland… So many Disney characters embedded in the collective culture as sweet and innocent creatures that I decided to get out of their recognized fairy-tale frame and universe.  I staged these same childhood heroes face against the ground and by doing so, create something of clash and culture shock between on one side the naive universe and the innocence of the fairy tales as such and confront them to the other side: a much darker reality that is as much part of our common culture and which is provided to us, incessantly through the darker side and imagery broadcasted through tv, cinema and others. I think it is this comparison that resonates universally in people and generates interest. I leave nothing to chance, each image is fully thought before every shot. I make several preparatory drawings that take into account the location, the light and the position of the character to reach the final image. Sometimes you have to make some small adjustments on the shoot, as removing accessories provided which ultimately do not bring much to the story or find a somewhat more natural for the model but in the end most of the images can be practically superimposed on the original drawing.”

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Check out more of Thomas Czarnecki’s work HERE

Trust Me I’m Lying: Media Manipulator Ryan Holiday on chasejarvis LIVE [re-watch]

UPDATE: it’s not an accident that just this week we heard that Ryan and his book made the Wall Street Journal BestSeller list. Congrats Ryan! If you have not purchased this book or recommended it to those who might dig it, please consider doing so.
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We had so much going on during the last few weeks that the superdope Ryan Holiday / Trust Me I’m Lying Episode repost on YouTube has taken us a few weeks to hit the blog. I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll learn more and be more inspired by Ryan than from any other over-achieving 24 year old on the planet. For those of you creatives who want to make a mark in your world and want to know how the pros do it, this is a must-watch.

Also, Ryan’s book <strong>”Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator” is on sale now here at Amazon. It’s an incredibly worthy read – you’ll see why it was the “book deal of the week” when it was the announced. Plus, you won’t want to miss his book trailer, below. It’ll justifiably get your attention, even if all my ranting about its brilliance has not. #Respect

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The Future of Technology for Creatives: ROBERT SCOBLE on chasejarvis LIVE — Wed July 25

UPDATE!! If you’re reading this now – the LIVE broadcast is TODAY. Check out the post below and be sure to tune into www.chasejarvis.com/live today — 10am SEA time (1pm NYC & 18:00 London) — and enjoy the show. See you on air in a few…

Photo gear, gadgets, computers, apps, software – it’ll be featured….cause’ve caught ourselves another big kahuna guest for chasejarvisLIVE. My guest THIS Wednesday on #cjLIVE is the web’s most influential gear + tech geek–bar none. It’s Robert Scoble. He’s a gadget lover, an technology savant, a Silicon Valley insider, and–in his spare time–he’s a photographer too. Many of the most powerful people in technology share their secrets and consult with Robert to know what’s next in the world of gear, tech, apps, and more. And we photographers, creatives, really want to know this stuff – it’s in our DNA.

Well, prepare to see behind the curtain Wednesday July 25th as I host Robert on this Future of Technology for Creatives episode of chasejarvis LIVE — you will be first to hear about the trends in gadgets and technology tools that he believes will shape the next decade and beyond. More than just cool cameras, we’ll discuss wearable image sensors, realtime creative collaboration, mindblowing cloud solutions and other stuff that makes my brain hurt. Understanding how to harness these tools for your own creative purposes will be worth 90 minutes.

Who: You, Me, Robert Scoble and a worldwide gathering of creative people
What: Interview and a worldwide Q & A
When: Next Wednesday, July 25th, 10:00am Seattle time (1pm NYC time or 18:00 London)
Where: tune in to www.chasejarvis.com/live. It’s free – anyone can watch and we’ll be taking YOUR questions via Twitter.

CONTESTS
***And last but not least – 2 things very important:

1. Score a special… In order to pimp this show I’m giving away a signed open-edition 11×14 print of my work. At charity auctions, these go for about $5000. To enter for a chance to win, send out any creative tweet that contains the URL (or short url) to THIS post + @hpprint + #cjLIVE starting NOW and ending at the beginning of the show on Wednesday. Enter as many times (tweets) as you want – tweet and retweet – we’ll be naming the winner at the beginning of the LIVE show based on the most creative tweet we see now till then.

2. EVEN MORE SPECIAL. This is HUGE. If you want a chance to SCORE a Broncolor Senso Lighting Kit…the REAL DEAL…a Senso A2 1200ws Pack with 1 Litos heads, Carrying Case, Softbox, Ring, and Sync Cable — valued at $3500.00, then you’ll tune in to the show. We’ll make it easy to win this thing. Gotta tune in LIVE to win. See you there.
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Trust Me, I’m Lying: How To Make & Promote Content That Turns Heads — Hacking the System with Media Genius Ryan Holiday on chasejarvis LIVE

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UPDATE!! If you’re reading this now – the LIVE broadcast is TODAY. Check out the post below and be sure to tune into www.chasejarvis.com/live today — 11am SEA time (2pm NYC & 19:00 London) — and enjoy the show. See you on air in a few…
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An online stunt or evocative content takes your work, your product, or YOU from total obscurity to internet sensation. A photographer wins a campaign even though she sucks. A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like Ryan Holiday. And Ryan is my next –brilliant and certainly my most controversial– guest on chasejarvisLIVE this coming Wednesday, June 27th. You will not want to miss knowing the ethical AND unethical ways of making your work jump off the page and the screen.

Ryan is a media genius who hires and fires creatives–photographers, filmmakers, designers and more people just like us– AND he promotes, inflates and hacks some of the biggest names, celebrities and brands in the world. Ryan Holiday is all these things, he’s also the Director of Marketing for American Apparel, and he’s just 24 years old (yes you read that correctly – he took the job after he turned legal drinking age…). Mind blowing responsibility and million dollar budgets, plus the brains behind all those risque American Apparel ads you’ve seen…. Want to know all his secrets? How to create content that gets noticed? How to get hired as a creative? How to get your name in lights? And then hack the system to get results? It’s more than you think, and it’s not all fun and games. These insights and more will be the topic of the next #cjLIVE. Much like the Ramit Sethi and Tim Ferriss episodes, this coming show is another hard-hitting, actionable, how-to get shit DONE (and what to avoid) episode.

Who: You, Me, RYAN HOLIDAY and a worldwide gathering of creative people
What: Interview and your worldwide Q & A Ryan Holiday
When: This Wednesday, June 27th, 11:00am Seattle time (2 pm NYC time or 19:00 London)
Where: tune in to www.chasejarvis.com/live. It’s free – anyone can watch and we’ll be taking YOUR questions via Twitter.

In addition to providing you with a roadmap for understanding all the above media mayhem, this #cjLIVE show will celebrate Ryan’s much-anticipated book Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator (pre-order via that link). Here’s what people are saying about Ryan, below, plus a chance to score the first run signed copies of his book that ain’t even out yet, plus other goodies at the bottom of this page…

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“Behind my reputation as a marketing genius there is Ryan Holiday…” —Dov Charney, CEO and founder of American Apparel

“Ryan is part Machiavelli, part Ogilvy, and all results. From American Apparel to the quiet campaigns he’s run but not taken credit for, this whiz kid is the secret weapon you’ve never heard of.” —Tim Ferriss, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The 4-Hour Workweek

“The strategies Ryan created to exploit blogs drove sales of millions of my books and made me an internationally known name. The reason I am standing here…is because of his insider knowledge.” —Tucker Max, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

“Ryan Holiday is real. Not only real, but notorious for creating risqué ads online for American Apparel. How could a kid barely legal to buy a drink be the Don Draper of the Fast Company crowd?” —317am.net

“Ryan Holiday is the Machiavelli of the Internet age. Dismiss his message at your own peril: He speaks truths about the dark side of Internet media which no one else dares mention.” —Michael Ellsberg, author of The Education of Millionaires: It’s Not What You Think and It’s Not Too Late

“This primer on how to hack the media zeitgeist is so incredibly accurate, it just might render mainstream media completely useless. As opposed to mostly useless like it is now.” —Drew Curtis, founder Fark.com

***And last but not least… 2 things very important…:

1. Score. In order to pimp this show and help bring together another gi-normous worldwide online audience, Ryan will be giving away 2 signed copies of his forthcoming book “Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator”.  The winners will be the first to get their hands on this book, as it’s not officially released until July 19th. To enter to score one of these collector items, send out a creative and interesting tweet that contains the URL (or short url) to THIS post AND hashtag #cjLIVE starting NOW and ending at the beginning of the show on Wednesday.  Enter as many times (tweets) as you want – tweet and retweet – we’ll be watching out for the most creative shoutouts.

2. Special. If you want to score a one-of-a kind gift from Ryan himself, tune in during the show – it will be special, and he’ll tell you how – gotta watch to nail this one…

Special thanks to our cjLIVE sponsors: HP, Broncolor, B&H
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Snapshot I grabbed of Ryan with Tucker Max's dog. Austin, TX

60-Second Video Portrait of the Debonaire Mike Relm

Here’s another 60 Second Portrait, starring Mike Relm this time. I shot this after our recent episode of chasejarvisLIVE. If you dig it, check out the rest of my 60 Second Portraits here.

Priceless Data: Apple Faces Lawsuit for Lost Baby Photos

"I'm backed up baby..." Photo: Hilary Camilleri

I’ve said it before, but it would be remiss not to mention it again: Back up your data.

Sad reminder of this again when I saw a recent story on PetaPixel about a guy who is taking Apple to court over lost baby photos, saying the failure of a storage device caused him to lose priceless memories. Perminder Tung used an Apple Time Capsule to back up his photos. The Canadian man claims that the device failed and that Apple subsequently told him that data was gone forever. Tung, a lawyer, says the data included the birth of his child and is now suing for $25,000 to compensate for the lost memories. Sad. But is this really Apple’s fault? Hell no. Drives fail. As photographers and filmmakers who depend on the retrieval of data not just for nostalgia – but for our living – we must accept this fact and take the necessary steps to avoid being int the position of the forlorn Mr. Tung.

This is one of the most important fundamentals–not just for professional photographers and filmmakers like us–but for anyone with valuable digital content that’s worth backing up. You can review my workflow video on how to back up your data here.

The workflow video I hinted at above, under the link “said it before” walks you through steps you can take to NOT be this guy. This may well be the most important behind-the-scenes video we’ve made, not because it’s fancy or sexy, but because it covers arguably the most essential information on a set of topics that every photo and video person should understand: workflow, storage and backup of your precious images. This video covers all the ins and outs, the theory and the details of our complete photo and video workflow from capture to archive and everything in between. It’s a tad dated, given some updates in technology, but the theories are crucial and sound. So whether you’re a seasoned pro, an aspiring amateur, or just starting out in photography or video we’ve worked hard to make this worth your time.

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Too cute baby photo: Hillary Camilleri and Angela Smith

GoPro video starring Ryan Sheckler’s NYC skate session

I love what GoPro is making possible. These are things I’ve been asking for from a lot of manufacturers for years. I’m excited someone is listening.

Notes from Brazil: Hanging 60 feet off the deck

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Mike Horn is a giant! Who's that high up in that red circle?

When you’re hanging off the mast of a sailboat 60 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, there is a tendency to ask the question, “Am I supposed to be here?” But it’s good to be asking that question of yourself, wherever you might be.

I know that here onboard the Pangaea, with my friend Mike Horn and his crew, is exactly where Im supposed to be. Here’s a quick photo update from the Brazilian coast. As always, it is an adventure. Mike is truly a one-of-a-kind human who never fails to inspire us with his attitude and vision. Click through some of the above snapshots over the last three days. Stay tuned for more.

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If you missed my stories about sailing with Mike Horn in the South China Sea in back October of 2010 are Here and here.

I also did a review from the deck of Pangaea on the mission critical gear I bring on these fast and light projects here

The Hardest Photos To Capture: Pro Photographer Showdown Winner Brian Nevins

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Photo: Brian Nevins on Chase Jarvis Blog

Brian is a decade-long veteran shooter, with images to prove it. I meant to highlight his work immediately after he took Best in Show and People’s Choice awards at the action-sports-focused “Pro Photographer Showdown” which went down in Whistler, BC a while back, but got a little sidetracked. Regardless, here is the work now. Above are some of my favorite from Brian’s portfolio. Click through the image tabs above – the last one is Brian’s slideshow video from the Pro Photographer Showdown. Spectacular.

Having cut my teeth in action sports photography for nearly a decade before broadening my focus as an artist I can say that capturing these images–images where you’re forced to work with mother nature, in her element, on her timeline–is among the most rewarding work IMHO…but is certainly also the most difficult work one can do. Kudos to you, Brian.

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Here’s the Showdown site, and here’s Brian’s site.

Dark & Artistic: Award-Winning Photos from Afghanistan

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All images courtesy of David Gilkey and the WHNPA. Cpl. Andrew Collins springs into action seconds after a rocket is fired at the outpost in Charkh, Afghanistan on April 19, 2011. Combat Outpost Charkh sees as much action as anywhere in Afghanistan, but it's in Logar province, not far from the capital, Kabul.

I’ve posted about war photography in the past and I still believe it to be one of the single most powerful aspects of humanity that photojournalists can capture..and capture creatively. War is not beautiful–clearly, it isn’t–but is to say that there can be mastery of skill, no matter what you’re shooting. Which is creepy, but…true.

NPR’s David Gilkey recently won the White House News Photographer’s Association‘s First Place prize in the Eyes of History 2012 photography contest for best picture series in the international/news division. You can see a few of these stunning images by clicking through the photo tabs above. How does this feel different than the other photos of war? Do they tell more of a story, or are they just so stylized, that we feel more OK judging them as art?

His subjects were The Men from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, from Camp Pendleton California. You can listen to his interview about his experience photographing them here.
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Catch more of this work at the WHNPA’s website.

Learning from Startups Helps You Run YOUR Creative Business [SXSW Advise This Panel with Chase Jarvis, Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Conrad and J.R. Johnson]

As we artists continue to be forced to become entrepreneurs in our own right (see this episode of #cjLIVE with Zoe Keating), all things entrepreneurial are of interest to me… How can we channel our creative stuff into thinking into light, fast and hardcore focus like most startups are forced to think. The correlation is not a perfect one, but it’s expressly relevant to us creatives. It’s relevant for me not only in my own photography business, but it some offshoots I’ve either founded or co-founded like creativeLIVE.com (Free, LIVE creative education for everyone) and Best Camera (the first photo app in the world to share images to social networks). I’ve learned a ton through all this and I want to apply/share that experience and photo industry knowledge to do good in other photography via advisory roles that are on constantly emerging.

So anyway, that’s why it was a no-brainer when I was asked by SXSW to lead/moderate this panel with a handful of my super-badass pals Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Conrad, and JR Johnson — all amazing entrepreneurs, advisors and VC guys in their own rights. So if entrepreneruialism, startups, or the need to learn from them and think like one in your own business has any appeal, you’ll get something outta this panel.

Apologies in advance for the different-than-normal recording quality. The nice folks at SXSW were kind enough to let us share this, but it was created at a different standard than we would have created it due to limited resources. No harm, no foul – we’re just stoked to be able to share it. It’s still very digable.

Have a great weekend.

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