August 22, 2013

Preparation Under Way For South By Southwest 2014 in Austin, Texas - Comments (1)

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How To Rawk SXSW

I’ve probably worn nearly every hat at South By Southwest over the past 10 years. Attendee, exhibitor, speaker, photographer & advisor. It’s one of my fav weeks of the whole year and the planning for ‘next year’ always starts as soon as ‘this year’ is over A great time to learn, party, see old friends & make new ones. I’ve really grown to love Austin and every year I arrive earlier and stay later. Maybe this year I’ll just rent a house for all of March!

Prep for 2014 is well under way. Over 4000 panel ideas have been submitted. Here’s a couple that I’ve helped propose that need community support and voting in order to make it on the agenda. There’s also an overview of a Think Tank Road Trip we proposed in conjunction with DDB. In addition to these proposed talks I’m also working with several rad clients on photography and social media documentation of their SXSW 2014 projects and campaigns. Past clients include Rolling Stone, Hootsuite, Dos Equis, PBS, Samsung, IEEE, LA Times & so many more. I’m stoked to see what the year has in store!

July 26, 2013

Sunning & Surfing in Baja Mexico Comments Off

1001706_10200853859222181_264798381_nQue onda cabron! I just got back from 2 weeks in Baja with a couple of my best buddies. This is the 2nd trip I’ve taken there this year and like the 10th time I’ve been to Mexico in the past few years. Mi español es todavía muy mal, pero estos viajes me ofrecen una buena oportunidad para practicar.It’s cheap, beautiful, fun & way safer than the lamestream media would lead you to believe. Check out my homeboy Kurt’s recap of our adventure including protips about surfing, winetouring and playlists of the soundtracks that made the trip so surreal and special.

“Coincidence or not, Surfer Magazine’s most recent issue had a feature story on the “Baja Renessaince” and one of the key points was that gringos are coming back less for the surfing and more for the vineyards. We were all delightfully shocked how beatiful and accessable the Gaudalupe Valley is. It’s only a few minutes drviing East of Ensendada and it rivals Ojai or Napa Valley in it’s physical beauty. Evidently these are the oldest vineyards in North America (probably from the Spanish settlers I’d imagine). The wine, the food, and the ambiance were all fantastic. The wineary that we visited was called Encuentro Guadalupe and I was delighted to learn abour their vision (social enterprise) and the impecably well designed grounds that all integrated naturally and seamlessly. Plus it was a real price performer as well.

October 2, 2012

Joey, do you like movies about gladiators? - Comments (2)

Sir Richard Branson - WE Day Vancouver 2011

I was smokin’ a doobie with Ryan Holmes & Richard Branson at The Groucho Club last week and I’m not sure what I said exactly but in the middle of one my of opprobrious & epically meandering stories Richy looked me right in the eyeball and said… “KK, Vigin Galatic needs pilots like you son.” He showed me this video and told me to begin preparations for the most important adventure of my life.

Ok, that may or may not have happened….

I know I can’t control the future… but, I hope to be able to nudge it a lil bit in a particular direction. In the spirit of creating exciting new opportunities and buttressed by a strong desire for adventure, nature & freedom… I’ve decided to go to flight school and get my Private Pilot License.

Airport full of Unused Seaplanes

July 6, 2012

This Is East Van #Community #Art #YVR Comments Off

This Is East Van

Summer is here in Canada. I’ve been spending lots of time fishing and gardening out on Galiano Island… but a big part of my heart (and my photography studio) still live at The Waldorf Hotel in East Vancouver, British Columbia Canada.

East Van is well known for it’s rich cultural heritage including a rich homegrown DIY arts and activism scene that’s taught me lots of what I know about the world. *points at Purple Thistle, Public Dreams, Culture Crawl, Tribal Harmonix*

November 19, 2011

Workin With The United Nations On A Digital Crowdsourcing Campaign to Stop HIV / AIDS - Comments (1)

In May I visited Bamako, Mali in West Africa where I keynoted the UN’s Global Youth Summit on HIV. I gave a presentation titled “What Can The HIV/AIDS Movement Lean From Green/Climate Movement About Online Activism?” This was my first trip to Africa and my first time working with UNAIDS. To say that I learned a lot and had my horizons expanded would be an understatement. While I was there to share and teach, I feel like I’m the one who came away having learned so much. I was so inspired by the youth activists I met on this trip that I’ve gone on to continue this work throughout the year.

April 27, 2011

“A rolling stone gathers no moss.” – 2011 Travel Update. - Comments (7)

Perpetual. Motion. Machine.

2011 has been an amazing adventure. I’m just wrapping up 8 weeks on the road and headed off again tomorrow bright and early to South America. I’m long overdue for a blog post so I thought I take some time to update you on what I’ve been up to and what I’ve got planned for the future. Starting with a quick trip to Palm Spring to photograph the ESRI Developer Summit and then roadtripping with the Jones Soda crew to South By Southwest in Austin, TX.

April 1, 2011

CBC Interview: Plastic Pollution & The Oceans - Comments (3)

I was interviewed on CBC Radio’s ‘On The Coast’ w/ Stephen Quinn this week. Here’s the audio transcript set to some of my behind-the-scenes photos of the filming of the Midway Documentary.

February 1, 2011

What we leave behind is our digital footprint… - Comments (2)

Lost In Translation

Our future is being documented by us in our present. Each and everyone of us who has a digital camera, a cellphone, a computer or even a camera phone has the task of creating our living digital history in real time. Our digital landscape has changed drastically from the meaningless dribble that once was in a stream of collective consciousness that is being contributed to by all of us. Collectively everything that we capture is part of our digital footprint that will exist as a living breathing legacy of ourselves online.

January 17, 2011

Social Media Documentarian - Comments (9)

In my ongoing struggle define what it is I do in a neat little package I’ve increasingly found myself using the words ‘Social Media Documentarian‘. Based on the spirit of the idea that ‘if you don’t stick it on the internet it didn’t really happen’, essentially this made-up term refers to the fact that there is huge value in having someone tell your story online in a real-time way through photos, videos, blog posts, tweets, podcasts, etc etc.

Gnomedex Wall of Love

I think the ‘social media’ part of the ‘social media documentarian‘ description is a lil redundant insomuch as I’d use whatever the best mediums and tools available are do rich, immersive, engaging online storytelling but it definitely helps to use the buzz word when trying to describe the service to a budget-holder or other potential client.

Content is king and producing compelling creative content consistently is task not everyone is cut out for. Especially if you don’t want it to sound like advertising, marketing or promotional hype.

Kris Krug with the iPad @ F5 EXPO

Some of the projects I’ve been lucky enough to play this role on are things like Geeks On A Plane, The Vancouver 2010 Olympics, The BP Oil Spill, Gowalla, The Waldorf Hotel and Eco Fashion Week. Coming up this year I’ve got some excited Social Media Documentarian projects in the works for SXSW, Chris Jordan’s Midway Journey, Make Web Not War, Tourism Vancouver and Jones Soda.

I’m also teaching two classes at Emily Carr Univesity of Art and Design in the area of ‘social media documentation’. The classes are “Photography for Social Change” and “Video for the Social Web” and are being offered as part of Alexandra Samuel’s new Social & Interactive Media Centre. Being an emerging ‘field’ I know it’s a topic others are thinking about as well and it’s something that I’m just wrapping my head around and would love to know your thoughts.

January 12, 2011

Homework: BCIT Social Media Class Comments Off

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— Review past homework assignments. This is what I’ll be marking at the end of the term. Fill out profiles, add contact, publish content, link social networks together.
— Read through Klout scoring metrics – Klout score, True Reach, Amplification, Network.
— Create a Facebook Page for a) self as a brand b) or company you’re involved with or c) project you’re involved with.
— Come to class next week prepared to talk about ONE company who is using social media in awesome ways.

UPDATED: More homework

— Review homework – Amber story, Vanessa story.
— Northern Voice 2011 – personal blogging and social media conference. Opportunity to volunteer.
— SXSW Vancouver – tonight at the Waldorf. Meet new media, music and film geeks. Free.
— HOMEWORK: Create a social media campaign outline.

January 4, 2011

South By Southwest Party in Vancouver at The Waldorf Hotel – January 13th - Comments (2)

Vancouver SXSW Town Hall & Pre Party at the Waldorf Hotel

SXSW Interactive has announced a pre-event parties happening in Vancouver in January. The plan to throw a bash in as many cities as we can before the event happens in March but one of the first one kicks off in Vancouver at the historic Waldorf Hotel. If we’re lucky… the Waldorf’s ‘Five Secret World’s‘ art installation will still be installed. :)

December 27, 2010

The Future of Fashion Photography - Comments (4)

I’m working on some thoughts for a fashion photography section for Matt Bamberg‘s upcoming book “Defining the Future of Photography“. These notes are really rough but are start for the chapter on “The Future of Fashion Photography”.

a) Models male & female alike will move towards an increasingly more distinct eurasian look as China’s middle class grows and western world brands look to have global international appeal.

b) Web sites like http://lookbook.nu/ have nearly made obsolete traditional fashion publications and have upset traditional power hierarchies and gatekeepers in the fashion world. Old models of advertising and distribution are being replaced with e-commerce, fashion blogs, and community sourced trends and fashions. Now is a bright time in history for emerging and independent creative photographers to get their foot in the door and launch their career.

December 2, 2010

New & Emerging Social Networking Tools – BCIT MDIA 2045 Comments Off

Flickr, Google, & Facebook

Congratulations. After 6 weeks of blogging and Twittering and tinkering with social networks I’m convinced most of you are proficient in the concepts & tools we’ve covered so far. We’ve covered the big 5 so far and you should be actively using your accounts on WordPress, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google & Delicious.com.

November 29, 2010

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat: Please put a penny in the old man’s hat: Comments Off

Vancouver Snow

December is around the corner and Christmas is in the air. To transition out of fall and into the Holiday spirit I’m participating a classic Vancouver event… The Chrismas Wish Breakfast at the Pan Pacific Hotel. Here’s some details about the breakfast and toy drive. Let me know if you’re gonna be there and we’ll plan to meetup! :)

November 25, 2010

RiP! A Remix Manifesto Comments Off

Snow day!

In class today we’re gonna watch my very favorite geeky film RiP! A Remix Manifesto by Brett Gaylor and featuring many hero-worthy geeks including Larry Lessig and Cory Doctorow.

We’ll use this film as a foundation for our discussions on copyright, sharing, remix culture, and Creative Commons.

“Created over a period of six years, the documentary film features the collaborative remix work of hundreds of people who have contributed to the Open Source Cinema website, helping to create the “world’s first open source documentary” as Gaylor put it. The project’s working title was Basement Tapes,[3] (referring to the album of the same name) but it was renamed RiP!: A Remix Manifesto prior to theatrical release. Gaylor encourages more people to create their own remixes from this movie, using media available from the Open Source Cinema website, or other websites like YouTube, Flickr, Hulu, or MySpace. (via Wikipedia)

HOMEWORK:
– write a 2 paragraph review of RiP!: A Remix Manifesto. include links, images, videos, etc.
– prep 25 photos, illustrations, screenshots, or other images for uploading to Flickr next week. come to class ready to work with these files.

November 18, 2010

Guest Speaker in MDIA 2045 – Dave Olson, Hootsuite Comments Off

Today’s lecture is going to be given by Vancouver independent media leader Dave Olson of HootSuite. Here’s some background info on him as well as a couple cool interviews and a photo gallery of images you can use in your wrap-up posts.

Biography:
Dave Olson (@daveohoots) is the Community Marketing Director for social media dashboard maker HootSuite. He frequently presents at events including SXSW and Northern Voice, and appears in the media discussing technology, art, hockey and culture.

A graduate of Evergreen College (BA Inter-disciplinary Studies, 2004), Dave’s work is published in magazines and journals on topics ranging from Japanese agri-history to Telco de-regulation. A chronic documentarian from his earliest days, Dave currently creates static montage art, historical essays and renegade documentary podcasts. He enjoys listening to old vinyl albums on the back porch whilst gazing at North Vancouver’s mountains and trees.

HootSuite, Twitter, from The Next Web on Vimeo.

Website:
HootSuite.com

Twitter:
@daveohoots

November 15, 2010

The Waldorf Hotel & The Beatty Street Mural - Comments (1)

Here’s a couple local Vancouver projects that inspire me. I’ve documented each of them as they’ve developed over the past several months and recently published these editorials.

The Waldorf Hotel

The Waldorf Hotel
“The Waldorf is a creative hub in the heart of East Vancouver where contemporary art, music, food and culture convene under one roof. The programming for the space will be both artistically expansive and thematically inclusive. The complex consists of thirty rooms, two restaurants (directed by Ernesto Gomez and executive chef Ned Bell), a Tiki bar (restored and retrofitted with a vintage analogue audiophile sound system), a hair salon (run by Barbarella Hair), a gift shop, a nightclub and a live music venue. In the works are a multi-media theater space and recording studio (tied to a residency program for visiting musicians).The Waldorf joins a new wave of Vancouver businesses that are conversing with the city, setting a benchmark for culture and hospitality.”

November 10, 2010

Photography Ethics on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside - Comments (5)

East Van

I’m working on a cool photography project for Vancouver’s Lookout Shelters with Buschlen Mowatt Gallery and Joshua Dunford and have been thinking a lot about the ethics of photography on Vancouver’s downtown eastside.

The paragraph below is a first draft at some thoughts that I may include in the project. Looking for perspectives and feedback on photography in difficult situations such as the one in my neighborhood.

East Van Sunrise

November 3, 2010

Tweetups, Twittersphere, Tweeps, Twitworking, Twestivals & Twitter Comments Off

These are some notes and homework to serve as a guide for my New Media and Web Development at BCIT – Class 2. :)

Coincidence? Hmmm....Before we embark on this adventure I’d like to warn you about a couple of things.

First, the land of Twitter otherwise annoyingly referred to by TwitterHeads as the Twitterverse or Twittersphere… is awash with used car salesman, get rich quick dudes, snake oil peddlers, hacks, loudmouths & know-it-alls. Don’t let it turn you off. Don’t think that’s an ok way to act online. This however shouldn’t be any reason to not engage in the medium but instead probably some sort of proof point that there is in fact something new and special happening here.

Second, I want you to know that Twitter isn’t just people talking about mundane things. People all over the world are right this second sharing knowledge, ideas, stories, intimate details, connections, and emotions – to audiences known and unknown. Not just miscellania but real intimate discourse. By participating in some little corner of the Net, you are contributing to the organic growth of something much larger – a collective consciousness of info, art and emotion — and by doing this we are contributing to the overall health of the public domain and our culture.

October 28, 2010

New Media and Web Development Class 001 – BCIT Comments Off

Notes for my first lecture at British Columbia Institute of technology…

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