Communication Arts announced its winners of its 54th Annual Photography Competition with George Kamper being one of them! With over 5,111 entries only 130 of them won this prestigious award. Award winning photographers from all around the world submitted their work in several different categories. George submitted his Dive series in the Self Promotion category and won. From these still images he has also produced a moving animation video that can be seen here. Check out the latest issue of Communication Arts to see George Kamper's work from the 2012 Olympic Diving pre trials held in Fort Lauderdale Florida.
I was recently afforded the wonderful opportunity to travel and shoot in Paris for Equestrian Quarterly Magazine. We were there at Hermes' invitation, to cover the launch of their much anticipated new saddle and their even Le Saute at the Grand Palais, where the best horse jumpers in the world come to compete. While there, I had an afternoon of personal time and I grabbed my camera and created some personal images taken around Paris. Ive always loved motion and decided that this time, I would shoot everything with a very slow shutter speed and let the emotion of the images become more important than the technical side of sharpness. In my professional life, many of these images would be approached from the sharpness and stop action angle, also fun, but not as emotional. Here are a few of the images from my personal journey. To see more of my journey through the city streets of Paris CLICK HERE.
It's taken me a while to write this blog about my experiences with Hermes in Paris, visiting the Hermes Saddlery and covering Le Saute Hermes at the Grand Palais. Aside from being an awesome encounter, I knew there was something about Hermes that was unique about the brand and the way it paid such close attention to every minute detail, always displaying a great measure of thought and grace in their every endeavor. The word I had been searching for is Seductive. By the time my shoot had come to an end at Le Saute, and our visits to the Saddlery and the Hermes store were complete, I craved almost every item Hermes created! Mind you, I’m not easily affected by the hype of upscale shopping and overpriced fashion. But in this case, being seduced by the Hermes experience and gaining an appreciation for the care and craftsmanship that goes into each Hermes product, grabbed my desire to own anything created by Hermes. Hermes took such good and thoughtful care of us, I wished the experience hadn’t ended! I longed for a classic Hermes scarf, Hermes cologne, even Hermes a saddle, though I don't ride horses.. The window displays showed two motorbikes leather covered with wings. I’d love one of those! Everything was so beautiful and made so incredibly well, and with grace... I learned at the workshop and shoot at the Saddlery, how the leather was obtained, in fact grown, and the amazing attention that was paid to the detailing of the leather. Every stitch hand done and thought out, the assembly of the various pieces was done with thought and artfulness. Hermes is a company, perhaps “THE Company”, that believes in only the highest Quality. Saddlery was challenging as we were shooting for a classic look at a workshop of artisans. We shot everything with available light, moving quickly and quietly while the master artisans were working on their various tasks. Additionally, we were looking for images of our host who was relaying the History of the Hermes saddle dating back to the early 1900’s, and describing the pain staking techniques of building a Hermes saddle, from its various components and materials. My challenge was to find angles to shoot that were unique, interesting, informative and not full of other journalists… Shooting the competition, Le Saute Hermes, was another challenging task. Not much different then shooting an Olympics, security and being prepared for each different event and configuration of the Arena posed challenges. Additionally, the Grand Palais is one big skylight, which can be very nice light or not, based on the time of day. Rain and cloudy skies on the first day posed other technical challenges. Armed with the new state of the art Canon 5DMKIII’s, I was more then prepared. We captured great moments at this event, as well as some beautiful and unusual architectural images of the venue. Shooting close up to the jumping horses and riders was a thrill every sports shooter should experience at least once! Please read and take in the images from our shoots at both the Hermes Saddlery, where Hermes introduces us to their new saddle, and from the Le Saute Hermes event at the Grand Palais where the greatest jumpers in the world come to compete. The articles for Equestrian Quarterly Magazine are designed and written by Stephanie Peters who is an amazingly gifted writer and designer as well as a great traveling companion. I look forward to being invited to cover this event again next year. I’m already saving for my Hermes leather covered cycle! Being a Hermes guest once in a lifetime isn’t enough! Click on the link below to see more of GK in Paris Paris: Day 2 | Equestrian Quarterly
George Kamper covers Mindy Peters in her home and her Arabians in Hollywood and Santa Yanez, California for Equestrian Quarterly. Mindy Peters: Hollywood & Horses | Equestrian Quarterly
Click on the link below to follow George as he shoots for Equestrain Quarterly at the Le Saut Hermes in Paris France! Le Saut Hermès | Equestrian Quarterly
Years ago, I loved spending time in the darkroom. I can't express enough, how much I miss it. The slimy feel of the developer, the smell of fix permeating the darkroom and my clothes…
I'm not complaining about the quality we're achieving today with digital, quite the contrary. I'm concerned that I can't show you how beautiful the final images actually are! Firstly, as a society, our attention span is greatly diminished… Let's face it, Art Buyers, Art Directors, me…We view scores of amazing images daily.
If I'm looking at a visual for more then 2 seconds, I'm bored…
The Series we created, "Ten Meters to London", began as a self assigned project. Originally, to test how my new 5DMklll's would handle rapid focus in difficult situations. Exposing divers streaking through the sky can be a challenge as well, and evaluating how the camera would handle the capture in very contrasty and difficult lighting was important.
In the past, I'd spend days and days in the darkroom printing these images up. But, once in my book, you would have the opportunity to touch the paper, appreciate the tonality and crispness in them, feel the beauty of the whole experience. Today, you may look at them on the web for a few seconds, and possibly spend an extra moment or two with them if you were in need of a photographer that shot these types of images for a particular upcoming project.
Moving Stills is my answer to showing you the beauty of the moment. Almost demanding that the viewer fixates on one image. Appreciating the craft that goes into making these tactile images.
I hope you enjoy the journey!
George went back to Newport Beach California this year to shoot an ad campaign for a second time in September. This year the ad agency MMMGY Global choose to go black and white with blue accentuating the water contrasting last years blue-green colorful feel. Check out the behind the scenes and finals below