More Inspiration from Photographer, Chase Jarvis

8 10 2010

>>> SEATTLE 100 – to hit bookstores this month; pre-orders shipping, like err, now <<

On and off for the past couple of years the name Chase Jarvis has popped up on the radar for me. As of late, Chase and the multitude of great projects he produces are now a frequent source of inspiration for me.   

Aside from the great work he does on behalf of commercial clients like REI, Reebok and SanDisk – and potentially more important – is his commitment to the creative community. Following on from the acclaimed Best Camera iPhone app and book, The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You, as well as ongoing quality programming shared through CreativeLIVE seminars, is the soon to be shipping SEATTLE 100: Portrait of a City.

Aside from what I am sure will be great photographs of very interesting people is the fact that Chase has committed to pay it forward.  In his words, the book is:

“10×10”, hard cover, 240 pages of b&w portraits of amazing people, bios…and in many ways a full ethnography of the city. Just $26 bucks at Amazon for a book originally meant to be priced at $70. Consider it a cultural fabric that underpins not just Seattle, but a concept that is relevant to everyone. 100% of my proceeds from this book are going to support culture and art at www.4culture.org

Chase is great about sharing details about the various happenings and milestones leading up to the launch on his blog; latest entry, as of this post, is HERE.  The book is expected to have an initial run of 5,000 copies – am sure it’ll sell out, so I’m glad I got my copy pre-ordered. You can order from Amazon here.

Mark your calendars for the launch party and gallery exhibition on October 21, 2001. Watch his blog for more details to come.

I applaud Chase for giving back so generously; he sets a high bar.  To use a context shared by Dane Sanders, Chase’s attitude comes across as “for each other” and provides a compelling invitation for us all to offer support and encouragement to fellow creatives as we pursue our endeavors.

If I could ever be of “help” to Chase and his team I’d certainly jump at the opportunity.  In the meantime, I’m watching the mailbox everyday for the book to arrive and will hopefully find a means to attend the gallery opening. 

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Best Camera Promo Video

More info about The Best Camera – http://www.thebestcamera.com

(As described on Amazon)

A beacon of creativity with boundless energy, Chase Jarvis is well known as a visionary photographer, director, and social artist. In The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You, Chase reimagines, examines, and redefines the intersection of art and popular culture through images shot with his iPhone.

The pictures in the book, all taken with Chase’s iPhone, make up a visual notebook—a photographic journal—from the past year of his life. The book is full of visually-rich iPhone photos and peppered with inspiring anecdotes.

Two megapixels at a time, these images have been gathered and bound into a book that represents a stake in the ground. With it, Chase underscores the idea that an image can come from any camera, even a mobile phone. As Chase writes, “Inherently, we all know that an image isn’t measured by its resolution, dynamic range, or anything technical. It’s measured by the simple—sometimes profound, other times absurd or humorous or whimsical—effect that it can have upon us. If you can see it, it can move you.”

This book is geared to inspire everyone, regardless of their level of photography knowledge, that you can capture moments and share them with our friends, families, loved ones, or the world at the press of a button.

Readers of The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You will also enjoy the iPhone application Chase Jarvis created in conjunction with this book, appropriately named Best Camera. Best Camera has a unique set of filters and effects that can be applied at the touch of a button. Stack them. Mix them. Remix them. Best Camera also allows you to share directly to a host of social marketing sites via http://www.thebestcamera.com, a new online community that allows you to contribution to a living, breathing gallery of the best iPhone photography from around the globe.

Together, the book, app, and website, represent a first-of-its-kind ecosystem dedicated to encouraging creativity through picture taking with the camera that you already have. The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You—shoot!

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