Mitchell Kanashkevich is probably one of the most talented photographers I know. He has gotten that way by shooting continuously. Mitch doesn’t stop — or at least not for long. It was during one of these quick respites that I was able to catch up with him and find out what he has been up to over the past two years since we last spoke. In a word: Africa. Mitch has spent the last year or more slowly traveling through Africa. In this hour long interview we talk about his adventures, misadventures and his entrepreneurial adventures. Mitch has started a new e-book publishing house called EyeVoyage where he has published his latest titled called Powerful Imagery: The Photographer’s Insight. As a special offer for Digital Trekker readers you can get 20% off your order if you use the code “DTREKKER20” on your check out.
Brian Smith has carved out a name for himself in photographing the rich and, as he puts it, the infamous. His list of subject is far too long to write out here, but here is just a sampling; Venus and Serena Williams, Gene Hackman, Cindy Crawford, Donald Trump, Bill Gates, The Bee Gees, Antonio Banderas, Shaquille O’Neal, Alan Greenspan, Don King, John Turturro, Anne Hathaway, Ben Stiller, Sylvester Stallone, Pope-John-Paul-II, Wynonna Judd, Richard Branson and many, many more. It is important to note that Brian Smith is not a “one trick” pony. Brian worked for years in photojournalism and has made several iconic and historically important images. If you are over 40, you probably remembers Brian’s iconic image of US diver Greg Louganis hitting his head on the diving board while competing in 1988 Olympics. Brian peppered our time together with advice and pointers that every photographer will find helpful. You will enjoy this one!
Children’s lives are transformed by the Kindles distributed by The Kilgoris Project.
My buddy Jon McCormack has always been one of the most generous people I know. I first met Jon in 2009 on a workshop in Ladakh. I remember thinking, how cool it was that he worked with Amazon on the Kindle. Over the workshop Jon would talk about his trips to Africa and the school he was building. I was impressed- This guy from California was building a school… in Africa! Then, last year I read on his blog that he had given a load of Kindles to this same school. Ok, now, that is just really cool! So when Jon told me he was doing it again, I had to help. Please listen to this incredible story about a village in Africa called Kilgoris and the “The Kilgoris Project”.
You can help by joining The Kilgoris Project in March to Read. Donate $1 or $5 for each of the 31 days in March. Your $31 gift will buy a child text books books. Your $155 gift will buy a new Kindle.
A few weeks back Michael Clark and I got into a fight. It was a knock-down-drag-out kind of fight and the internet won all, but the last round. Michael is patient man that allowed me to keep calling his home until we finally had decent line. Thank you Michael.
Not only is he a patient man, Michael Clark is an internationally published outdoor photographer specializing in adventure sports, travel, and landscape photography. His editorial and corporate clients include National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Outside, Men’s Journal, Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo Pro, pause…take a breath… Climbing, Nike, Nikon, Adobe, Patagonia, Pfizer and DuPont to name just a few. He has risked life and limb on a variety of assignments to bring back stunning images of rock climbers, mountaineers, kayakers, and mountain bikers pushing their sports to the limit in remote locations around the world. Michael and I spoke about his work as an adventurer photographer, how he got his start, and how he continues to be one of the most sought after photographers in the business.
We also talk at some length about his newsletter and how it has been a huge help at marketing himself and his work. After listening you might want to subscribe, you can find the link HERE. His blog (well worth the read!) is HERE and his portfolio can be found HERE. I hope you enjoy this interview.
You can find the complete list of Depth of Field podcasts HERE .
This post is very unusual. I don’t normally cover things that are not photo related. But, hey, it is my blog and I can cover what I want. While I was in Thailand back in August, I was able to sit down with Jeremy Courtney. Jeremy is one of the cofounders of the Preemptive Love Coalition, we had a nice long conversation about his work in Northern Iraq among the Kurds. I bring you this conversation because the Preemptive Love Coalition has become an amazing force in helping Kurdish children in northern Iraq and you should know about it. This is one of the most youthful and aggressive NGOs I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with and I wanted to share some of that with you. After listening to this interview I want you to head over to the website of preemptivelove.org and poke around and see what they’re doing. These guys have a great website that is clever, visually exciting, and dare I say it; hip. I think this is in many ways where the NGO world is going to have to go in short time. These guys know how to market, use the net and social media. You can follow preemptive love, and each child’s surgery on twitter HERE. I hope you enjoy the interview, learn something and maybe feel compelled to get involved. It is true they are unabashedly Christians, who link Kurdish Muslims in Iraq with Jewish doctors in Israel and Turk doctors in Turkey, it’s a strange world. Spread the word and let’s get involved. Let’s stop standing on the sideline when there’s opportunities to get in the game.
I first met Ami a few years back in New Delhi. We both were getting our Macs worked on at, what was then the only Mac repair place in North India. Not sure how we started chatting but I found out that she had just returned from Kashmir. I told her I lived up there and ran a trekking company. I think she found it hard to believe. Continue reading →