August 22, 2013

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

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.

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*

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.

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 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 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.”

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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August 25, 2010

“So Whatcha Been Up To?” – Summer Photography Update 2010 - Comments (5)

(cross-posted from my photography blog)

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Static Photography has been very busy these past summer months. Every day is a constant hustle at our studio in Vancouver, BC but we get shoot some really awesome gigs. Photographer Kris Krüg has the ability to transform his photography and capture vital elements within vastly different experiences, from photojournalism to weddings, from flowers to live concerts. Here is a photo recap of some of the highlights that have come along our way in Summer 2010. 

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June 13, 2010

TED x Oil Spill EXPEDITION: Headed to New Orleans & The Gulf of Mexico - Comments (7)

With a broken heart and fists clenched in anger I prepare to head on down to the Gulf of Mexico to document the US worst ever environmental tragedy. One that is getting worse and worse each day. Copied from my photography blog, here’s some of the details about the trip.

First MateCurrently the entire world has their eyes and ears glued to the media that is coming out of the Gulf of Mexico, depicting the travesty and devastation around the BP Oil Spill. This man-made natural disaster is slowly destroying the natural landscape and wildlife of the Gulf of Mexico as an underwater oil rig leaks thousands of crude oil into the open water.

January 8, 2010

Doin’ It For The Love – Reflections On The Future At ‘Journalism That Matters’ Conference - Comments (4)

Solidarity - United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP15 - Copenhagen, Denmark
This weekend I’m in Seattle for the Journalism that Matters conference taking place at the University of Washington in Seattle. Journalists, photographers, media-makers and documentarians will gather for this three day event, to discuss issues that are effecting the world today. This conference is set-up as an open space, “un-conference” where the participants determine the actual content of the conference days, and the schedule, though structured, is flexible in attendance and movement.
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Within the last few years, a visible divide has emerged between all media with this idea of new media versus traditional media. It doesn’t really make much sense to divide media into two sparring factions when in fact they can be working and collaborating together. I often find myself in the citizen journalist role, not so much by my strive for journalistic photo features but more by my own personal documentation that I funnel to the internet. I have been known to say that “if you didn’t stick it on the internet, it didn’t happen.” This often arises fits of laughter, but most people find this statement very true. This extends past your twitter and facebook, but into hyper-local citizen journalism as well.

December 18, 2009

Vancouver Represents At UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen Comments Off

FOR GRANVILLE MAG

United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP15 - Copenhagen, Denmark

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference , the Fresh Air Center has acted as basecamp for many media people and NGOs, accredited and unaccredited alike. Situated near the Bella Center in Copenhagen, the Fresh Air Center is a part of TckTckTck , a global campaign platform designed to bring climate justice organizations together in solidarity. This center acts as the main news hub so that the rest of the world can be connected and informed of the negiotions in real time.

United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP15 - Copenhagen, Denmark

December 17, 2009

The Yes Men vs. Canada at The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark Comments Off

FOR GRANVILLE MAG

Yes Men Punk Canada

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark has been a flurry of activity, in the Bella Center with the negiotions, in the Fresh Air Center with the media and NGOs and in the streets with the marchs and protests. Each country brings to the table its own sets of concerns, contributitions and baggage revolving around carbon emissions and climate control. Canada has been no exception this rule, yet has been thrown into the not so positive spotlight by the culture jamming activist duo called the Yes Men .

United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP15 - Copenhagen, Denmark

December 14, 2009

PHOTO ESSAY: Streets of Copenhagen – COP15 United Nations Climate Change Summit - Comments (2)

THIS IS A DRAFT I’M PREPARING To FILE WITH GRANVILLE MAG AND PROJECT BLUE SKY. LINKS, CRITIQUE, AND SUGGESTIONS WELCOME. :) kk+

There’s a ton of interesting stuff going on inside the negotiations at the UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen but there is also a ton taking place on the streets. Those of us working here are a lil worried that the stories you may be seeing on TV aren’t an accurate portrayal of what’s actually taking place over here.

United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP15 - Copenhagen, Denmark

Yeah, the police cracked down on protestors with unwarranted brute force… and I was caught in the middle of it… but there are other stories too. For instance the 100,000 protestors on braved the streets for a peaceful candellight vigil despite freezing temperatures and an over-eager, riot-ready, police force. Follow allong my realtime updates from Copenhagen at @kkon Twitter and check out all my photos in the COP15 UN Climate Change Summit photoset over on Flickr. Here’s an photographic recap of what I’ve seen on the streets of Copenhagen.

United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP15 - Copenhagen, Denmark
The streets are old school, beautiful, and shockingly car-free! People walk, bike, and take buses and trains everywhere. It’s very effecient. People walk in the streets, I’ve never seen traffic congestion, and its just generally one of the most human friendly places Ive ever been!

PHOTO ESSAY – Inside The Negotiations – COP15 United Nations Climate Change Summit - Comments (1)

THIS IS A DRAFT I’M PREPARING To FILE WITH GRANVILLE MAG AND PROJECT BLUE SKY. LINKS, CRITIQUE, AND SUGGESTIONS WELCOME. :) kk+

The UN Climate Change Summit is in full swing in here in Copenhagen. The first week is over, most of the delegates are here and working hard, and many of the world leaders arrive this week. Main negotiations are taking place at a large convention centre called the Bella Centre. I’ve got media accredidation and have been taking photos inside the Bella Centre. For real-time updates follow @kkon Twitter or check out the Copenhagen UN Climate Change Summit photoset I’ve created on Flickr. Here’s a recap of the first few days in images…

United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP15 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Youth activists from all over the world are in attendance. It’s important to have them their as they have the must at stake in the fight against global climate change. Many of the worst predictions are likely to happen in these guys lifetimes!

United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP15 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Delegates from all over the world assemple and hash out the nitty gritty details of an international climate change treaty that everyone hopes will be signed here in Copenhagen.

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