PHOTOGASM

AND THE AWARD GOES TO……..

by Tom Nesbitt on May 13, 2014

There are few things in this industry that do more to propel the careers of a photographer than having their work accepted into an awards annual. There are many of these to chose from. Local, National, International you name it. Each year begins a new as photographers, agencies and designers alike send in their best work in hopes of recognition. To be accepted into the pages of the annual is by no means a small feat. The competition is steep. For instance Communication Arts On average, each annual receives roughly 5000 entries and only 150-200 are chosen for the book. That means you have a 96% – 97% chance of not making the final cut. A 3%-4% chance of winning is not an attractive gamble to many. But those odds make it even sweeter when your work is chosen by a distinguished panel of jurors. And hey, you are a photographer, you are used to taking chances.

For this year the first one out of the gate is the internationally acclaimed design publication Coupe

In this we have Vicky Lam and Nikki Ormerod

Vicky worked on these sinister images for Fangoria Entertainment with:
CD: Zack Mroueh
AD: Mooren Bofill
Writer: Nick Asik
Agency: Zulu Alpha Kilo
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Nikki hooked up with the team at Juniper Park on these ethereal beauties.
ECD: Barry Quinn, Alan Madill, Terry Drummond
Design: Natasha Michalowska
Client: Kim Good
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Next up is Canada’s leading visual communications publication Applied Arts and in this years pages we have several Westsiders…..
George Simhohi, Matt Barnes, Tyler Gray & Derek Shapton for stills and Chris Gordaneer for both stills & motion

George doing what George does best, for this Advertising Single entry
Agency: Bright Red Communications
AD: Doug Bramah
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And a couple of Self Promotional beauties too….

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Derek worked his wonderful portrait skills on Tim Godsall for Shots Magazine
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Tyler knocked it out of the park for ESPN Magazine during ExposNation
Photo Director: Karen Frank
Assoc Photo Editor: Kaitlin MarronApplied Arts

You would have had to have been living a rock if you missed these stunners from Chris Gordaneer for the Canadian Olympic Committee
Agency: Proximity
AD: Josh Stein
Art Producer: Jessica Valentini
Digital Imaging: Mark Tyler / Stir Images
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And then there were these winners from the old country in the unpublished /personal category
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Theres more to come folks. Plenty of awards to be handed out still this year.
See ya soon.

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    PHOTOGASM | NIKKI PERFORMS

    by Matt on April 8, 2014

    Nikki O took full advantage of extra hands around the studio during the recently passed ‘Intern Season’, and showed some youngins a fun and safe way to perform with water in the studio. Here’s the lady herself with some words before we get into her latest PHOTOGASM.

    I shot this fun performance inspired creative a little while ago. Thanks to the help of some awesome people here at the studio, and some hard working interns from Sheridan and Humber, I was able to pull off some wet and wild photos. Hope you enjoy. ~Nikki

    © Nikki Ormerod

    © Nikki OrmerodPhotographer: Nikki Ormerod
    Styling: Nadia Pizzimenti
    Hair & Makeup: Jukka
    Assistants: Alex Beetham, Spencer Blackwood, Joanna Gigliotti, Caitlin Allen, & Michelle Brussolo

    © Nikki Ormerod

    © Nikki Ormerod

    © Nikki Ormerod

    There’s a few more images from Nikki’s creative over on her blog, but before you go here’s a bit of behind the scenes thanks to Nikki and Stylist Nadia P!

    © Nikki Ormerod

    © Nadia PizzimentiImages © Nikki Ormerod
    BTS Images © Nikki Ormerod/ Nadia Pizzimenti

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      PHOTOGASM | MATT’S ARTIST CORNER

      by Matt on March 7, 2014

      In a double down we’ve dubbed his Artist Corner, today’s Photogasm from Matt Barnes features two men who respectively, to put things apt, are on top of their game. While their fields are on drastically different ends of the art spectrum, both produce a product capable of wowing the masses. Much like our man Matt.

      We’ll start things off with a quick trip to The Big Apple, where Matt and his crew met with the sartorial sultan, Nick Wooster. Now in his second time before Matt’s glass, the sharply dressed fashion expert was again kind enough to share words with The Passing Shot, a sample of which you’ll find between Matt’s images.

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      The Passing Shot: We’re pleased you were able to reconnect with Matt after meeting for a quickie a few years back. Is there a distinct difference between the Nick Wooster of 2011 and he of 2014?

      Nick Wooster: I guess I am just older. I am never really conscious of “what I am wearing” or “what I am going to look like”. I just acquire stuff that I think is cool or that I really like…and figure it out as I have to get dressed.

      © Matt Barnes © Matt Barnes

      TPS: You shot in studio this time, the result of which feels more intimate than on the street. Have you a preference to location versus studio photography, when it comes to being photographed? You’re certainly often photographed but do you enjoy sitting for a portrait?

      NW: I truly hate having my picture taken. I know that sounds ridiculous, but when I am caught on the street with sunglasses, there isn’t much I have to do. Sitting in front of a camera is way more intimidating. It brings every shred of negative self image straight into my consciousness like a bazooka, but Matt made it way less scary for me – for that I am super grateful.

      © Matt Barnes

      Our second subject of Matt’s is a man whose talents know no bounds. Musician, mixed media and performance artist, Curtis Santiago, better known as TALWST, hails from Trinidad but connected with Mr. Barnes after moving to Toronto several years ago. His latest project – Infinity – is a series of miniature dioramas housed in reclaimed jewellery boxes. Large worlds in extremely small places. It’s definitely worth the click to see for yourself – after you check out these portraits though.

      © Matt Barnes

      © Matt Barnes

      © Matt BarnesAll Images © Matt Barnes

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        PHOTOGASM | A RETURN TO THE MIND OF MYERS

        by Matt on February 18, 2014

        It’s been some time since paying visit to his mind, and so today we excitedly show off some recent creative work from Andrew B Myers.

        Mum’s the Word© Andrew B Myers

        Rainbow Road© Andrew B Myers

        Lights On/Lights Off

        © Andrew B Myers © Andrew B Myers

        Taste the Rainbow© Andrew B Myers

        I Believe in the Loch Ness Monster© Andrew B Myers

        Check out more from the mind of Myers over on his website.
        All Images © Andrew B Myers

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          PHOTOGASM | NIKKI’S ESCAPE

          by Matt on February 11, 2014

          Days like the one we’re having here in Toronto are the type that remind us of the warm sunny times ahead. However some of us can’t wait another 36 days* for Spring to have sprung, and so we pack our bags and head south to hang with the birds. Nikki Ormerod is one of these types, and with late January’s low temps, she quickly made her way to the airport – fortunately for us – with camera in tow.

          I couldn’t take it anymore. So I ran away. ~ Nikki

          So take five, sit back, enjoy some new creative work from Nikki O, and maybe inspiration for your own winter escape while you’re at it.

          © Nikki Ormerod

          © Nikki Ormerod

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          © Nikki Ormerod

          © Nikki Ormerod*It might not feel like it, but March 20th is really that close. And yeah, this is Canada, we probably should have counted you down to Summer. But that is 129 days away. :(
          All Images © Nikki Ormerod

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            PHOTOGASM | ANDREW’S TRAVELS

            by Matt on November 8, 2013

            Andrew B Myers has been doing a fair bit of travelling as of late. Both for work and pleasure.
            Which is fantastic for fans of his creative side. As his work is our pleasure.
            Enjoy.

            H-I-D (Hidden Hollywood)© Andrew B. Myers

            Lovin’ Spoonful© Andrew B. Myers

            Tokyo Kirby© Andrew B. Myers

            Happy Friday everyone!
            All Images © Andrew B. Myers

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              PHOTOGASM | THE DULUX COLLECTION

              by Matt on November 1, 2013

              As hinted at earlier in this weeks IN PRINT, the folder of behind the scenes images for George and Nikki’s Dulux work came in at a whopping 2 gigs worth of images. We’ve tried to narrow things down but with so many leftovers keep your eyes on our Facebook page for those who didn’t make the cut.

              A special THANK YOU shout out to Stylist Marie-Eve Tremblay, who’ll start things off with a look at where her work began on The Dulux Collection.

              From Wardrobe Stylist Marie-Eve Tremblay
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              © Marie-Eve Tremblay

              © Marie-Eve Tremblay

              From Assistant Laura Crowell
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              From DP & Editor Spot Cinema Inc.
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              Big thanks as well to assistant Laura Crowell for kindly providing us with loads of extras for Facebooking. Have a great weekend folks!
              Images © Marie-Eve Tremblay/ Laura Crowell/ Spot Cinema

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                PHOTOGASM | FASHION FUN TIME WITH NIKKI & CO.

                by Matt on October 18, 2013

                One of the ways Nikki Ormerod enjoys her downtime between commercial jobs, is by getting ‘the girls’ together at the studio and churning out some fun creative fashion work. With many thanks to her and the ladies, today’s PHOTOGASM comes from two recent shoots featuring some fierce eyes and fancy wears. Enough words, let’s get into the good stuff.

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                © Nikki OrmerodPhotographer: Nikki Ormerod
                Hair & Makeup: Lisa Vella
                Wardrobe: Shea Hurley
                Model: Leigh
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                Hair & Makeup: Cait Mizzi
                Wardrobe: Nadia Pizzimenti
                Model: Caitlin

                Give a click to any of the images above to visit BLOGEROD and get a full look at Nikki’s creative series’. Enjoy the day kids!
                All Images © Nikki Ormerod

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                  PHOTOGASM | GORDANEER’S ALBA ODYSSEY

                  by Matt on October 7, 2013

                  With a bit of time on his hands between projects, Chris Gordaneer packed up his camera and set off for a week-long trip to the greatest country on Earth – Scotland. Thanks to his Instagram account we were able to gave you a tease of the trip, and now the time has come to see what kind of candies he brought back for our eyes. We’ll kick things off with a look at Chris’ map – his travels marked in blue – before a bit of background on the trip.

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                  Carrying little more than a few bare necessities, Chris arrived in Glasgow safely, where his first stop was picking up a rental truck to get out on the road. His second stop came 10 minutes later, when he had to return to the rental location. Apparently the best way to remember which side of the road to drive on is by colliding with a bus.

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                  With his car troubles behind him, our hero was back on the road in search of beautiful countrysides and safe places for sleeping. We’ll let Chris take care of explaining that last one, but first a look at some of the beautiful Scottish scenery.

                  © Chris Gordaneer

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                  On this trip I wanted to spend some time just traveling the countryside and checking out some locations that have family ties to my mums side. I’ve been to Scotland a few times now and every time I’m there I can’t get over how surreal the landscape is. Everywhere you turn there’s a view worth capturing.

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                  © Chris Gordaneer

                  It was an absolute blast just being out on the road by myself, not having any real commitments, and just getting to take as much in as I could. Some might not be into the idea of sleeping on the side of the road in your rental truck, but the spacious Defender and sounds of the countryside really charges the batteries. ~CG

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                  © Chris GordaneerAll Images © Chris Gordaneer

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                    PHOTOGASM | RAUNCH-O RELAX-O

                    by Matt on September 13, 2013

                    With no regard for your sleep or dreams, Matt Barnes recently unleashed a dark demon from his mind. Through the assistance of multiple kind souls, the character of Raunch-O was brought to life at the studio, appropriately on a day where we hosted a very large children’s casting. And while we did our best to hide our new “friend” from young eyes that day – it’s Friday the 13th – and we feel like dishing out some nightmare material.

                    Raunch-O: a post-modern Pennywise of the Violator variety. A repugnant prankster in polka dots; an anarchist jester who gives ‘gag’ a whole new meaning, while taking buffoonery to a wonderfully bawdy place. Raunch-O; inspiring coulrophobia in the most seasoned circus-goer.

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                    Vistek, who graciously supplied Matt with a Phase IQ180 system for the shoot, enjoyed the work so much they did a little interview with the beast’s creator in search of some answers on why he would force such a monster upon the world.

                    On Raunch-O’s inception.

                    I had a few inspirations for the shoot: Black Light Posters… I also drew from clowns like Krusty, Captain Spaulding, NOFX’S Cokie the Clown and more. I wanted it to be vulgar and raunchy but still kitschy and colourful.

                    © Matt Barnes

                    On how his clients respond to this type of work.

                    I don’t get too much feedback really from clients about my creatives… I churn out a lot of work and put it in front of them, so hopefully stuff like this keeps me fresh and relevant in their minds. An Art Director I worked with the other day spoke to me about it. He had seen the blog and the photos. He loved them. He finds stuff like this edgy and is motivated by people who are always trying something different. Mind you, we were working on a pretty conservative project, so Rauch-o probably isn’t something he would share with those clients. I guess my clients are mostly art directors and I think they react well to projects like this. I’m pretty blessed to work with people who see projects like these and take away the enthusiasm and imagination I’d hoped to convey, as opposed to the controversy. It makes collaboration that much sweeter.

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                    Big shout out’s to Vistek’s Toronto rental department, Parts & Labour Chef Matty Matheson, and SFX artist Louise Mackintosh on a giving their best to Mr Barnes. Give a click on over to THE PASSING SHOT to see what remains from Raunch-O’s rager, then go check in on what’s new in Canadian photo news over at ProPhotoBlog.ca. Happy Friday the 13th kids.
                    All Images © Matt Barnes

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