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May 30th, 2014

What Makes a Moment?

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Each of us defines a moment in a different way. For food photographer Penny De Los Santos a moment is where people, culture and food come together.

“I am inspired by and in love with that space where a scene vibrates with an energy. And when it’s combined with light, composition and color – that’s when I make a picture of a moment.” – Penny De Los Santos

In her TEDx Talk she takes us from a candlelit dinner table in war torn Lebanon to the grave of a loved one, asking us to stop, connect and take the time strengthen and honor the bonds between us.

February 13th, 2014

Myanmar: Bridges to Change

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Photographer, filmmaker, and climber Mark Fisher was asked to join an expedition that would make a first ascent of Gamlang Razi, Southeast Asia’s disputed highest peak. He created a film called Myanmar: Bridges to Change about the experience which will be released on June 14, 2014. In the meantime he has shared the trailer and these beautiful images with us. We can’t wait to see it in its entirety!
Myanmar Bridge. Photo courtesy of Fisher Creative.

Myanmar Bridge. Photo courtesy of Fisher Creative.

In August 2013 a group of 7 climbers, 5 Americans and 2 Myanmarese climbers, traveled to the farthest reaches of northern Myanmar to make a first ascent of Gamlang Razi, Southeast Asia’s disputed highest peak. All told, the climbers traveled over 270 miles on foot through some of the harshest terrain on the planet, braving extreme heat and moisture, as well as the gambit of jungle creatures. Despite these challenges, they were rewarded with rare access to one of the most remote and untouched corners of this planet, living with villagers along the trail that have never seen westerners before. In fact, there have been less than a dozen or so westerners in history to have ever been to this part of the world, and only one climbing expedition in history have been to these mountains. More »

Claire Rosen is a photographer that blends a fine art sensibility with commercial work to create whimsical imagery inspired by fairy tales, fables, and other children’s stories. Her fashion art and advertising work touch on the bizarre and unusual with the themes of vintage circus, burlesque, magic, curiosities and natural science interwoven throughout the images. She tells us what her favorite moment was this past year and what she’s hoping for in 2014.

What was your most memorable moment this past year?

Taking an overnight train from Budapest to Bucharest…

What is your main goal for 2014?

To find gallery representation in NYC.

What is it that keeps you picking up your camera everyday?

Admittedly it’s not “everyday” but the adventures that my camera allow me to have keeps me picking it up as often as possible!

Fine art fashion photographer

Series: Pre-Raphaelite, 2013
Locality: Bucharest, Romania
Fashion Story
Credits: Model – Marta mraModels, Styling – Raluca Racasan, Hair – Claudiu Alex Sarghe, Makeup – Irina Selesi, Location – Institutul de Arheologie

Connect with Claire and view more of her work on her photography website.

Fine art wedding and portrait photographer Karen Hill loves photography, the history of photography and shooting with film. She is known for her ability to create emotionally powerful images. Karen has shared some of those images with us in addition to what keeps her motivated.

What was your most memorable moment this past year?

There are so many memorable moments in a year of photographing weddings. It’s such an intimate job where so many things are happening all around you at the same time. It’s hard to name just one! So I’ve included a few of my favorite images.

Photo by Karen Hill Photography

Photo by Karen Hill Photography

What is your main goal for 2014?

To keep getting work and making my couples happy.

Photo by Karen Hill Photography

Photo by Karen Hill Photography

What is it that keeps you picking up your camera everyday?

What I love is the feeling I get when everything seems to align, when the perfect moment is in front of you, when the light is just right and the right camera and lens are in your hand. When the sun and the stars align perfectly, so to speak, to me, that’s photography magic and that’s what keeps me picking up my camera everyday.

Photo by Karen Hill Photography

Photo by Karen Hill Photography

Connect with Karen and view more of her work on her photography website.

Robin Layton is an award-winning photojournalist and renowned artist. Her exquisite work has been nominated for a Pulitzer prize and featured in the Smithsonian. She shares some of her favorite moments from this past year with us.

What was your most memorable moment this past year?

I’ve got a few! Becoming a Nikon Ambassador, the release of my second book, hoop: the american dream, and completing my 8th film for The Oprah Winfrey Network.

hoop: the american dream

What is your main goal for 2014?

To keep growing as an artist and to keep creating art.

What is it that keeps you picking up your camera everyday?

I’m at a point in my career where I’m just focusing on creating fine art. After being a “hired gun” for everyone else my entire career it’s my turn. Finding out what I have inside me is very exciting! This is the happiest I’ve ever been in my career.

To connect with Robin and view more of her work visit her website.

Award-winning fine art photographer and instructor Craig Varjabedian recently won Best Art Book at the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for his book Landscape Dreams: A New Mexico Portrait published by the University of New Mexico Press. He tells us about the book and what he is currently working on.

What was the genesis of this book?

My publisher approached me with an idea to create a piece that would celebrate New Mexico on its 100 years of statehood. But really, this book is a natural progression of my work. It presents a selection of my photographs, made over the nearly three decades that I have lived and worked in New Mexico. Some of the images are from my archives while others are newer, based on my desire to have a more complete geographical coverage in order to best represent the varied landscape of the state. More »

As the end of the year approaches it’s an opportune time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the next. We decided to check in with longtime friend and sports photographer Matt Brown to see what his most memorable moment was this past year and what he plans to do in 2014. We look forward to keeping up with him!

What was your most memorable moment this past year?

My most memorable moment in 2013 was being named the Director of Photography for the Los Angeles Angels. Twenty five years of hard work paid off and I couldn’t be happier!

What is your main goal for 2014?

My goal for 2014 is to show the Angels in a new way. I want the fans to see more intimate, quiet moments away from the field. In this photo Los Angeles Angel Mike Trout gets a haircut 90 minutes before a game. Most fans didn’t know this even happened and very few people have seen this photo till now. Check out the Angels photo blog for more candid shots.

What is it that keeps you picking up your camera everyday?

I’m a super competitive person and that drives me to make the best photos day in and day out. Plus I get really grumpy if I don’t shoot!

Keep up with Matt’s work on his photography website and of course on the Angels photo blog!

2013 Season, Game 86: Los Angeles Angels vs Boston Red Sox

Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout gets a haircut 90 minutes before a game.

Kike Calvo is an award-winning photographer, bilingual journalist and author represented by National Geographic Stock. The nature of his work is primarily cultural documentary and editorial. He has lectured at the Leica Akademie and is a freelancer for the New York Times. He shares with us a little about his journey as a storyteller, his most memorable moments, and what inspires him.

Melissa Dubasik: How did you get started in photography?

Kike Calvo: This question makes me sad as it was one of the worst moments in my life that drove me into photography. I was studying economics in Spain when my father, a radio personality and one of the most fascinating characters I have ever met, was diagnosed with cancer. I dropped everything and devoted that year to join him on his last journey through hospitals and chemotherapy. Before he died I promised him I would graduate. And I did. More »

January 23rd, 2013

Documenting The PANGAEA Project

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Luke Johnson is the Operations and Logistics Coordinator of Mike Horn’s PANGAEA Young Explorers Program. This program aims to inspire young adults to create sustainable solutions between nature and mankind by taking them to some of the most beautiful places on the planet. Luke shares some amazing photos from the expedition as well as his experience documenting The PANGAEA Project by creating a photo book using Pinhole Pro.

Mike Horn is acknowledged globally as one of the greatest modern day explorers of all time. In short his feats include traveling solo around the equator, ascending two 8,000 meter summits in the Himalayas without additional oxygen, circumnavigating the Arctic Circle, and being the first man to travel (without dogs) to the North Pole in permanent darkness. All of which were done without motor transport.

Canadian Arctic Ocean Expedition to the Magnetic North Pole

Canadian Arctic Ocean Expedition to the Magnetic North Pole

After 20 years of solo exploration, covering nearly every inch of the planet, Mike was ready to turn his dream into a reality: The PANGAEA Project (Pan Global Adventure for Environmental Action). The PANGAEA Project is a 4-year circumnavigation of the world through a series of 12-scheduled expeditions, each to different terrain including mountain, desert, ocean and the arctic. For each expedition Mike and his team select students between the ages of 15 and 20 to accompany him.

The African Expedition Team

The African Expedition Team

The goal was to show the younger generation the most beautiful places on the planet, the fragility of the ecosystems and the impact that human activity has on the environment… and do something to improve it!

Working for the Pangaea Project I have had the opportunity to see, first hand, the most beautiful places on the planet and witness lives that have been positively impacted and changed forever.

A Pink dolphin as seen on our Amazon Expedition

A Pink dolphin as seen on our Amazon Expedition

When asked about the project, it’s virtually impossible to put in words all of the incredible experiences I’ve had. The great thing about the younger generation is that they have their own eyes, ears, feelings, personalities, and unique way of learning. What I take out of an experience may be completely different than the next person. Sometimes the only way to really express these things is through the photos we take.

Icebergs from the Clyde River on the Nunavut Expedition

Icebergs from the Clyde River on the Nunavut Expedition

A few months back we chatted with Chase Jarvis and team about how awesome it would be to put a book together with photos taken by our young explorers and team throughout the entire expedition. Then we would be able to see the 4-year expedition though the eyes of those who were involved.

I was thinking what a great idea, but impossible to get photos from hundreds of people and choose the best ones to properly tell the story. It would take months if not longer. Chase’s team told us about liveBooks and their affiliation with Pinhole Pro. Pinhole Pro allows the average photographer (like myself) to make beautiful photo books and have them delivered in as little as two weeks.

Initially, I was a bit skeptical, especially when Mike said it needed to be finished before the expedition finale in Monaco (which was 3 weeks away). With nothing to lose I decided to simply attack the project. I sent out 100’s of emails, shuffled though thousands of photos, (that could seriously make the front cover of any Nat Geo Magazine) and dove into Pinhole Pro.

Mike Horn and Luke Johnson looking at their Pinhole Pro photo book

Mike Horn and Luke Johnson looking at their Pinhole Pro photo book reliving some of the best memories from the last 4 years

After the photos were selected I started the creation process. First I downloaded Pinhole Pro’s Studio’s software then I uploaded the images. Next I chose the book size, number of pages, type of paper (recycled paper is an option) and the front cover. It wasn’t long before the book was finished!

I would highly recommend using Pinhole Pro to anybody wishing to document a special memory or occasion to treasure it forever.

The beginning of a new year is an opportune time to reflect on last year and set goals for the year ahead. We decided to check in with longtime friend and photojournalist Christopher Morris to see what his most memorable moment was last year and what he plans to do in 2013.

What was your most memorable moment from this past year?

From the past year, oddly enough the most memorable moment for me came, when I was able to pull off getting a model onto the floor of the  Republican Convention in Florida. Shooting for the French fashion magazine L’Officiel. Anyone who works or is involved in the world of politics will understand the near impossible feat of being able pull this off. Here is an image from the Convention.

Photo courtesy of Christopher Morris

What is your biggest goal for 2013?

To survive!

How has liveBooks changed your business?

liveBooks, is a very liberating experience for me.  The seamless ability to edit and re-edit my work, is priceless. It has given me the opportunity to showcase my work in a style and format that suits my ever changing workflow.

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