Element Keep Discovering—Chile

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Element has sent me to some pretty amazing places to art direct photo shoots—Alaska, Seattle, New York and more. Although I had never been to Seattle or New York. Alaska was seemingly a long shot. The Last Frontier. It was a wild idea that worked perfectly into the campaign at the time, so it all worked out. Here are some pictures from my two trips up there. The scouting trip, by myself and the trip for the photo shoot. This is still one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. It’s still my desktop image.

Then, last year, the talks started to go to Chile. To shoot the Keep Discovering campaign. With the regular crew of knuckleheads and misfits.

I had been to South America one other time. To Peru, to visit my better half—Tracy–when she was there for 3 months, teaching and traveling. I got a good taste of the culture and the itch had been there to go back. Luckily, this trip came along.

We were in three parts. The cities of Santiago and Valpariso, for the skating side of things. Then into an area of the Andes, Yerba Loca.

Santiago was nice, but Valpariso and the Andes were by far my favorite parts of the trip. Valapriso is the San Francisco of Chile. Costal, hilly, bright victorian style houses. Great food and site seeing. It was so good, we made two separate trips there from Santiago. There was a two hour drive—each way. If that says anything about the beauty of the place.

The parallels between Valpariso and SF were amazing, we couldn’t help but continue to comment about the similarities while we were. The most surprising though, was that both cities were hit with devastating earthquakes in 1906. So similar, that the death tolls were almost identical. Pretty eerie.

This was a trip of trips. The cities, the people, food and mountains were all incredible.

Last week, Element released the video from the trip, edited by Kirk Dianda and Mark Stewart and filmed by Kirk and Cole Mathews. The photos from the shoot by Brian Gaberman.

Enough of my chatter … check out the video and photos.

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Toni Frissell

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This morning, I learned the work of photographer Toni Frissell.

After chasing some image links across the corners of the internet, I found out that she shot this amazing photo that I posted the other day. When I posted that picture, I did it quickly and without any research—the kinds of gun slinging posting that I regret later…

From her bio:
Toni Frissell, or Antoinette Frissell Bacon, (March 10, 1907 – April 17, 1988) was an American photographer, known for her fashion photography, World War II photographs, portraits of famous Americans and Europeans, children, and women from all walks of life.

Her work is polarizing and inspirational.

Sep.23, 2011 | Category: Inspiration, Photography

Chicago by Boat Timelapse

I will never tire of time lapses.

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Jul.01, 2011 | Category: Photography, Short Films

Jay Diebel Photography

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Jay Diebel is one those photographers that I always anticipate seeing new work from. His style is honest and genuine and it always comes through in his photos. Luckily for you and me, Jay started posting his work regularly. And recently he shot the Fall 11 lookbook for Ezekiel Clothing.

A good friend of mine from Long Beach, there aren’t too many people I’d rather share some cold suds and a laugh with than Jay. His photography is an extension of his personality, honest and genuine. In other words, he’s a good guy, doing good things and that’s something I’ll always cosign to.

Stay on the up & up with his work

Mar.08, 2011 | Category: Friends, Inspiration, Photography

Chase Heavener 2009 Year in Pictures

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What is this, two post this year for Chase? He’s probably gonna get some sort of an ego from this, but I’ll be damned if he doesn’t take great photos.

Every year Chase pulls together his favorite photos from the year, makes some sort of video and puts them up on the web. This year he took it an extra step, printed out his favorite forty at Mama Sauce Print Shoppe. Signed um and gave um out at gifts. It looks as if he might have forget to print, probably the best of the eighty tho.

Chase Heavener 2009 Year in Pictures.
Chase Heavener 2008 Year in Pictures.

Dec.29, 2009 | Category: Friends, Photography, Short Films

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