A week in the Rocky Mountains.
July 30th, 2017.
Last week I had the chance to spend a week in one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Spending a total of 60 hours in the car and traveling through 4 states and 2 provinces it was all worth it in the end. Below are some images from my trip through to Rocky Mountains.
June 27th, 2017.
Every now and then artists go through a creative existential crisis...this is the result of mine. I didn't know what I wanted to create, I was feeling uninspired and no idea what direction I wanted to go with this shoot...and this is what I came up with.
I Shoot Landscape Too.....sometimes.
May 15, 2017.
Here is a collection of some of my favorite Landscape images from my time living in the Pacific Northwest and traveling across the country.
A Few Ways To Take Street Portraits:
May 11, 2017
When it comes to taking portraits on the street there are a few methods I like to use. One is where you blend in with your surroundings and you act like a ghost in the street. Bobbing and weaving your way through the crowds capturing moments as pass by. Henri Cartier-Bresson was the pioneer and the GOAT when it came to shooting like this. He would penetrate his subjects space, take the photograph and move on without the subject knowing what had just happened. This is the method I used when i first got into street photography. It allows you to just take a walk with your camera, learn the streets and it will help you become observant (which is the most important thing you can be as a street photographer).
some of my own examples:
BUT He was not afraid to wait for the decisive moment. Standing in one spot because the setting is so perfect and all you need is the right subject to walk by and BAM. instant street magic.
Another method I like to use (my personal go to when I'm out on the streets) is to manipulate my surroundings to create a scene that I see in my mind. Don’t be afraid to talk to your subjects, let them know that you want to photograph them and that will add so much personality and context to your image. IMO this takes 10xmore balls than just wandering around the streets with your camera. This method forces you to connect with your subjects and their surroundings. You are no longer hiding with your camera. All my memorable experiences as a street photographer came from shooting like this. Jamel Shabazz, Robert Doisneau, and Elliot Erwitt are some of my favorite photographers that shoot like this but here are a few personal examples…
Street photography is very personal and you have to find your own lane, but experimentation is all apart of the game! Have fun with it, try new methods, go to different neighborhoods, ask a stranger if you can take their picture because you like his/her hat. You never now, you might walk away with a new best friend.
Street Photography Is Creative AF:
May 02, 2017
When it comes to being a street photographer I never really considered myself to be “creative”. I always thought that I was just capturing what was in front of me. I wasn’t doing the work, I just had to be in the right place at the right time. Yes composition, lighting, etc are all factors but thats technical know-how. Any decent photographer can figure out how to frame a shot.. BUT I wasn't giving myself enough credit. I spent some time reading, and watching interviews of some of my favorite photographers and one quote from Jamel Shabazz stuck out to me. “If you have an idea in your head, and you turn that idea into a picture on the street..thats art.” It wasn’t until Iheard those words that I realized how creative street photography actually is. We are the manipulators of reality. Street photographer Robert Doisneau once said that the reason he loved street photography so much was because he was able to showcase the world the way he wanted it to look. Each street photographers perception of the world is drastically different. We all choose to photograph how the world looks or how we think the world should look in our own unique way. The struggle is just finding your voice, and the only way to do that is to get out and shoot. Books and tutorials are both valuable assets and you should take advantage of them, but do not rely on them. Just because some old French guy said you have to shoot a certain way to be a true street photographer. Because “all the technique in the world doesn't compensate for the inability to notice.” shoutout Elliot Erwitt for the gem.
Just get out and shoot. Think of a scene you want to capture and go find it. Maybe you saw some sweet ass sign down the block and you knew if you had the right subjects that that sign would make the perfect backdrop. Thats where the magic happens. Yes sometimes you’re just in the right spot at the right time, but as soon as you start creating scenarios and being able to see them unfold in front of you…thats where the artistry takes hold.
Hawaii For Alaska Airlines:
April 26, 2017
I recently had the opportunity to explore the island of Kauai (Hawaiis oldest island) for Alaska Airlines. I was blown away by how beautiful and dense the vegetation was. It makes sense why they call it the garden island. Spending a week there I was able to travel all over the island, try some amazing food and meet some wonderful people. It's crazy how on an island that is only 552 square miles that each beach and rainforest seems to have its own personality. Here is a collection of images from my time in Kauai.
November 1, 2016
All, if not most artists fall victim to the pressure of always trying to present their best selves, including me. Social media has a lot to do with that, but I'm not going to go on some rant about how messed up social media is because that's just white noise and I wouldn't be able to do half the shit I get to do on a daily basis if it was for the internet. On the other hand as an artist in the todays world we find it necessary to always be pumping out content in order to stay relevant in the creative community. We get so wrapped up in creating and presenting an idea of who we are that for lack of better words we, "get lost in the sauce". I am no saint and have been doing this ever since I picked up a camera and it wasn't until recently that I actually caught myself partaking in this falseness. But being aware isn't enough. It took a lot of soul searching and listening to myself and physically putting the camera down for a while to find out what I needed to. Taking this mental break and just living in the present, focusing on what I was doing at the time and just experiencing life for what is was, was exactly what I needed to rekindle my love for photography. Haha don't get me wrong, I'm a documentarian so I am always caring something to capture with. Here are some images that I hold dear to my heart because it was these moments and the feeling that these images gave me that helped me fall back in love with photography.
Kiki Carter For MISSBISH:
April 01, 2015
I had the pleasure of working with MISSBISH to interview Kiki Carter. Kiki works for Nike's Women's Training Team as the Product Line Manager – Global Women’s Training Apparel.
“AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER HAVING TRUE GOALS, NIKE WAS ALWAYS THE NORTH STAR… EVERYTHING I DID, I DID WITH NIKE IN MY VISION. IT BECAME A BIT OF A SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY.”
Read the rest of the interview here: http://missbish.com/kiki-carter-working-for-the-nike-dream-team/
Interview With EYES & EDGE:
March 04, 2015
I always love getting to talk about photography and why I love it so much. I had the chance to sit down with EYES & EDGE (a local Portland publication) to talk about my start as a photographer and my journey so far.
"Jon Trend first caught our eye as a young photographer hanging out on rooftops taking (slightly scary) photos. We finally got a chance to catch up with him about his work, where we like to spend time in Portland and which photographers he pulls inspiration from. Make sure to stay up with all of his work on his popular Instagram account!"
Read the rest of the interview here: http://eyesandedge.com/catch-up-with-jon-trend/
1. What gear do you typically use?
I use a Canon 5D MK iii with either a 50mm 1.2, 24mm 1.4 or a 17-40 f4
2. Where are you based;
Currently Portland OR
3. How did you get into photography;
I was in school for music and I felt lost. I wasn't able to express myself the way I wanted and I felt my creativity slowly draining. One day I gathered up my spare change and bought a Sony point and shoot and drove to the coast. Eventually I started sharing my work online and well, the rest is history.
4. Do you use VSCO?
No, I make my own presets.
5. Do models pay you when you shoot them?
Sometimes yes but not all the time. A lot of them are just my friends and we enjoy working together.
6. Who inspires you?
A lot of different things. I really enjoy the work of Ricky Powell, Eliot Erwitt, and Robert Doisneau and Jamel Shabazz. There work is all very light hearted and they took the streets and turned them into their own realities. They weren't just in the right place at the right time. They pre interpreted a scene and created the setting in the streets. Thats where the art is.
7. What got you into street photography?
A few things. Mostly my peers. I got tired of seeing the same shit in the Pacific Northwest. I lived in downtown Portland and didn't have access to a car so I was kind of stuck and that was all I had to shoot.
I’ve never been so content with the photos I’ve been making.