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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.

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.
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 (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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chasejarvisLIVE: Zoë Keating – Artist as Entrepreneur + Mind Blowing Cellist [Re-Watch]

Posted for your enjoyment. If you missed this LIVE show with Zoe Keating (or if you didn’t…!) you’ll want to take a peek.

For one, IMHO it’s some of our most beautiful footage and one of the best sounding of any chasejarvisLIVE to date – we’re getting pretty tight on our capture because we’re having a blast.

For two – and more importantly– in addition to Zoe Keating and her cello making some hauntingly beautiful music (with some 16 tracks at once), the information Zoe shares – about success and failure, fear, going “artist direct” to her fans, and skipping all the peripheral b/s, is genius – both enlightening and inspiring.

Hope you dig. Want to be the first to know about upcoming shows like this? Join “the list” on this page.

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MCA (Adam Yauch) of the Beastie Boys Dead at 47 — RIP

The Beastie Boys wrangled punk rock and hip hop together like no-one before or since – they were a huge inspiration to me starting way back 1986 – the first concert where I can remember my ears ringing. It was also the first time I started to understand the concept of a remix, of genre collision, of the endless possibilities of invention and reinvention in art. MCA passed on today after a long battle with cancer. Big sorrow in my heart – gone but not forgotten. RIP.

He’d have wanted us all to play Sabotage at volume 11. Video is one of the all time greats. Let’s do this.

Details everywhere – first link I saw was here.

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Artist as Entrepreneur: Making Art + A Living with Zoë Keating on #cjLIVE – Wed May 2nd

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Now more than ever before, we artists are entrepreneurs. Born from opportunity or necessity or both, we have become the CEO’s of ourselves. We create our art and our brand, and then–regardless of whether we’re commercial- or fine-artists, or both–we share, market, strategize, license, sell, distribute, invest, manage, and collect on that art ourselves.

For those that have cracked this nut – good for you. For the rest of artists–which is a disproportionally huge chunk–who are struggling to make the art, the future, the business happen, please allow me introduce you to Zoë Keating. Take my word for it…few–if any–creatives in the world run their own career better than Zoë. As a classically trained musician turned avant-garde cellist–or ‘avant cellist’ as she calls herself–she has mastered the balancing act between art & commerce, between artist & fan. And that’s why she’ll be my next guest on chasejarvisLIVE this Wednesday, May 2nd. Prepare to learn the secret sauce for ‘Artist as Entrepreneur’, how she created a fanbase of millions and don’t miss her LIVE PERFORMANCE where she’ll blow you away with her cello like you’ve never seen one played before. #Respect. Follow @zoecello, check out her compelling music before the show and follow me @chasejarvis on twitter to get updates now until the show and beyond.


Who: You, Me, ZOË KEATING and a worldwide gathering of creative people
What: Live Performance and Q&A with the inspirational ZOË KEATING 
When: Wednesday, May 2nd, 11:00am Seattle time (2 pm NYC time or 19:00 London)
Where: tune in to It’s free – anyone can watch.

This episode of chasejarvis LIVE might just be the one that sets your ideas in motion and sets you on your path.

***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, Zoe will be giving away 2 signed CD’s and perhaps some merchandise if we can round it up. 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 your shoutouts.

2. Print it. If you want to score a one-of-a kind signed photo that I shoot of Zoë, tune in during the show – I’ll tell you how.

Emerging Talent: IGNACIO TORRES + His “Stellar” Project

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Young NYC based photographer Ignacio Torres gave me cause for pause with his fascinating photographs that look like they come straight from the mind of Carl Sagan (“we are all made of star stuff”). Torres used three dimensional gifs to make these photographs even more dynamic. Click through the gallery image tabs above for more examples of Torres’ work. Here’s what he has to say about his “Stellar” project:

This project began from the theory that humans are made of cosmic matter as a result of a stars death. I created imagery that showcased this cosmic birth through the use of dust and reflective confetti to create galaxies. The models organic bodily expressions as they are frozen in time between the particles suggest their celestial creation…space and time are heightened by the use of three-dimensional animated gifs. Their movement serves as a visual metaphor to the spatial link we share with stars as well as their separateness through time.

Torres’ snagged his BFA from North Texas in 2010. His website is here.

The Lumineers Performance Is Sooo Tasty [replay of April 3rd chasejarvisLIVE]

Posted for your enjoyment, The Lumineers perform a stunning set on chasejarvis LIVE, recorded April 3rd at my Garage studio in Seattle. Guest appearance but one of the best radio DJ’s in the world, John Richards about half way thru.

Enjoy. Share with music loving friends if you dig it.

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Actor Adrian Grenier [Entourage] Tells All on #cjLIVE — this Tues April 10

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You most likely know Adrian Grenier as ‘Vincent Chase’ the studly star of the HBO Series Entourage. But on this coming Tuesday, April 10th he’ll join me on chasejarvis LIVE and you’ll learn that being a well-rounded creative is the new black – even at the highest levels. In addition to his acting career [Entourage, Devil Wears Prada, Celebrity] we’ll explore Adrian’s career as an award-winning Director [Teenage Paparazzo], musician, curator, environmentalist and entrepreneur. It’s no longer a curse to wear many hats. It is in fact a blessing–for some, a requirement to get the most out of your career and your life.


Who: You, Me, Adrian Grenier and a worldwide gathering of creative people
What: Q&A with the inspirational Adrian Grenier
When: this Tuesday, April 10th, 11:00am Seattle time (2 pm NYC time or 19:00 London)
Where: tune in to It’s free – anyone can watch.

We’ll chat about everything under the sun – filmmaking, photography, hollywood, media awareness, iphone apps, entrepreneurialism, Adrian’s Empowerment Tour, and how to get shiznit done. I’ll also shoot some photos of Adrian, of course. ***And Last but not least… 3 things muy importante:

1. Score. In order to pimp this show and help bring together another gi-normous worldwide online audience, Adrian is giving away 2 signed DVD’s of his documentary film Teenage Paparazzo (selected for Sundance Film Festival) which he directed, produced, and starred in… A documentary that follows a teenage photographer through LA’s underground Paparazzo scene. 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 Tuesday. Enter as many times (tweets) as you want – tweet and retweet – we’ll be watching out for your shoutouts.

2. Print it. During the show on Tuesday, we’ll be giving away a supersweet HP Photosmart 7510 e-All-in-One Printer plus a $300 gift card for ink, paper and supplies. Gotta watch live to score that – details how to enter at the start of the show.

3. Be my special guest. If you’d like to be a part of the live in-studio audience, meet me and Adrian and our cjINC crew in person in Seattle – send an email to with “Adrian” in the subject line. Winners will receive a confirmation email with attendance instructions. Don’t forget to sign up for our email list on the cjLIVE page here as well.

Remember to cue up your questions via twitter and send them during the show via hashtag #cjLIVE. See you then my homies. Trailer for Teenage Paparazzo below…

EMERGING TALENT: Cole Rise + His Most-Ethereal Landscapes

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There has always been something haunting to me about farmland in the off-seasons, when everything is yellow and wilted, or when snow sits quietly in the trenches that are usually full of blooming crops. Cows move minimally through faded landscapes, and the entire thing has an air of melancholy and stillness to it. Capturing this feeling is not easy, unless perhaps you’re photographer Cole Rise. He’s our featured Emerging Talent this week. He shoots with medium format cameras, digital cameras with detached backwards lenses, and spends hours lying in wait in the grass for the perfect shot. Simple, beautiful. Click through the image tabs above to see more examples of his work.

A MUST SEE: The Lumineers on chasejarvis LIVE – this Tuesday April 3rd

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Unless you’re new here, you know how much love I have for music AND what an important role I think it plays in not just our creative professions, but in our culture at large. So I view it as my privilege duty to share with you good music when I can. To that end, you will not want to miss a band that is destined for the bigtime…catch them while you can…The Lumineers are coming to chasejarvisLIVE this Tuesday April 3rd (the DAY that their new album debuts).

We will be broadcasting a gorgeous, intimate in-studio performance from the band, I’ll be shooting photos, AND–perhaps even more of value than catching these guys on their rocketship to stardom–we’ll get deep with them in an interviewe and understand first hand how they have pulled through creative blocks, hardship and struggle to find their voice, craft a vision, and a create a path over the hurdles that keep so many artists down. Simply put, you’ll love their amazing story, their music, and you’ll learn how to apply this thinking to your own creative breakthrough.


Who: You, Me, the LUMINEERS & a worldwide gathering of creative people
What: Q&A with the visionary emerging band – The Lumineers
When: this Tuesday, April 3rd, 11:00am Seattle time (2 pm NYC time or 19:00 London)
Where: tune in to It’s free – anyone can watch.

***And 3 important things worth noting before we share the bands newest video at the bottom of the page…:

1. Score. To help promote the show, we are giving away a superfresh portfolio review AND business consultation with the esteemed August Bradley, complements of our homies at Broncolor and their #shootLA photo event. Consultation can be in person OR via skype, so anyone can win, worldwide. We’ll pick the winner based on the best tweet we see containing the URL (or short url) to THIS post AND hashtags #cjLIVE + #shootLA, starting NOW and ending at the beginning of the show on Tuesday. So re-tweet this post. Enter as many times (tweets) as you want – we’ll be watching out for your shoutouts.

2. Win tickets [SORRY, the tickets were scooped up in just 2 minutes….] If you’d like to be a part of the VERY limited 50 seat live in-studio audience for this once-in-a-lifetime performance, meet the band, yours truly, and our cjINC crew in Seattle – sign up to our email list on this cjLIVE page here send an email to with “Lumineers” in the subject line. Winners will receive a confirmation email with attendance instructions. Bonus points for tweeting about the show and sending people to URL of this post.

3. Special guest. Lastly, if you’ve ever wondered where I dig up all this new and emerging music just before these bands hit the bigtime (eg. We Are Augustines had iTunes hit of the week and just played on Letterman…), then you’ll also want to tune in to the show… I’ll bring on a very close friend of mine who you’ll certainly want to know… He’s @loserboy on twitter and you’ll get to meet him on Tuesday April 3rd too…

Emerging Talent: Interview with 17-Year-Old Alex Stoddard on his 365 Project

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, we’ve all heard of the 365 day projects – where a photographer takes a photo of something in their life every day for a year. (You might also have been living under a rock if you missed my new “Emerging Talent” series announcement…). With 365 projects – not unlike new years resolutions – many start, few finish. One photographer, a young fellow named Alex Stoddard, not only finished the project BUT is just 17 years old and has created a remarkable body of work in the process. Think you don’t have anything to learn from a 17 year old photographer? Think again. And take a minute now to check out his work via the image tabs above…

Also, I was intrigued by his work, so we asked him a few questions…

CJ: Your 365 days project is really remarkable as 1) you actually finished it and 2) each photo is of a remarkably high quality, with obvious thought, dedication, and passion put into them (especially relative to some other 365’s I’ve seen…). What inspired you to begin this daunting project in the first place?

AS: I had been taking photographs for only a couple of months before I had begun my 365 project, and I wasn’t seeing a difference each time I would go out to shoot. I wanted more than anything to improve and to improve quickly, and I had seen several others embark upon their own 365 projects – most notably Rosie Hardy – and witnessed the growth from their first photo in the set to their last. I wanted that growth for myself, and so I started taking a photo each day. Another part of it was this almost subconscious need for completion. I’d never finished anything in my life up to that point. I’d always given up when things became too difficult. I wanted to be able to prove to myself that I was capable of finishing something I started.

CJ: What was the biggest challenge in completing it?

AS: Finding the time to take a photograph every day. I took on the project during my junior year of high school, which ate up a lot of my time, and I had a part-time job at a restaurant four-five days a week as well. It was definitely difficult to manage my time, and I neglected my sleep and social life completely to dedicate myself to my 365 project.

CJ: Tell us a little bit about your creative process, both during shooting and in post.<

AS: I don’t think my process is terribly different than the standard. Sometimes I will think of a concept or idea for a photo and develop it until I am ready to shoot it, but more often than not, I end up winging it. Often I will gather up a variety of props and outfits and head out to a location, hoping to become inspired on the spot. That’s a completely hit-and-miss method. Presently, I spend more time in the planning stages, but I can remember during my 365, walking around in the woods for hours on end, in active pursuit of inspiration. In post processing, I usually have an idea of how I’d like my image to look in the end, and thus I’ll go about using different tools to achieve that. None of my images are processed in the same way. Processing is based entirely upon the unique photograph.

CJ: And do you have any advice for other people who want to embark on the 365 days project?

AS: Start now! If you are even considering the 365 project or wish to become a better photographer, go out today and snap the first photograph in your series. There is no point in waiting for a better time. None is better than the present. That said, I would also encourage these photographers to put their best efforts into each day and to strive for improvement. Don’t fall into the trap of shooting the same thing every day, because that will lead nowhere. Do the things that scare you. Take risks.

CJ: What’s your favorite piece from your project?

AS: This piece is my favorite, here.

Check out Alex Stoddard’s flickr here, and again make sure to click through the photos above to see more examples of his work.

Read it Today: Guy Kawasaki’s ‘What the Plus! Google+ for the Rest of Us’

Update: just a reminder that Guy Kawasaki is on chasejarvisLIVE tomorrow, Wednesday March 21. Details are here….
The jury is out. For some it’s the best thing ever. For others it’s just another social media tool that clutters the horizon, and for others still it hasn’t lived up to the hype that Google may have hoped. But NYTimes best-selling author Guy Kawasaki tells us why we’re wrong in his new ebook What the Plus? Google+ for the Rest of Us.

For just $3 on ipad or kindle — less than the price of a grande latte — it’ll be the best $3 you’ve spent in ages simply because you’ll realize – perhaps ahead of your friends and family – that Google+ is quietly and quickly growing right under your nose. It’s an insanely good platform for sharing images and videos embed directly into the page. The quality of the comments is through the roof relative to Facebook + Youtube and…it’s not going away. Google are integrating it deeply into ever corner of their platform. And as Twitter, Facebook, and yes, Google+ race to out-feature each other, each of these platforms stand to win big in different ways.

It’s these reasons above – plus an epiphany followed by a few late night brow beatings laced with wisdom that I received from Guy – that I’m posting here at my G+ page every day. (Circle me if you dare).

Now, whether you’re a G+ fanboy or a doubter…or in the event you’ve been living under a rock and missed this post, you’ll already know that Guy Kawasaki is coming to chasejarvis LIVE tomorrow (Wednesday, March 21st!!Details here). I’m talking LIVE with Guy about a bunch of stuff, but you can bet your undies that we’ll be taking any/all questions you might have via Twitter, or –hell yes– Google+. So ditch the latte this morning and grab a copy of his ebook here so you’re all read-up, and join in the conversation tomorrow at at 10am Seattle time, 1pm NYC time, and 17:00 London time. [Google calendar reminder here.]

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