Great way to start 2014!

NEAT Production for Ryka. Photographer: Tuan Lee

File under: Just How Much Do I Love My Job?

Alot, that is how much. 

Himself directing a group of very happy (read: well fed) models.

Love all the shout outs in Matt’s Blog post about our shoot, but more than that, I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such an ace crew and talent! More pics to come soon!

If it is not broke…

originally posted on the Visual Connections Blog

My step-dad will be 90 years old in a few months. He is the son of homesteaders, a finish carpenter known throughout the South for his lovingly crafted rocking chairs and birdboxes, a WWII decorated Veteran, a farmer and rancher. And a much loved husband and father.

His pear preserves are un-paralleled, and his neighbors come from farms across the county for his council on everything from baling hay, to when to de-horn cattle, to how to make blackberry wine.

These days, various pesky physical ailments keep him close to home and his own rocking chair, although this time last year he was still splitting his own wood.

I have shown him all my gadgets – iPhones, tablets, laptops, the Farmers’ Almanac sites, and all the weather apps, that he could instantly access, if only he’d invest in digital delivery. He shows polite interest; but if you really want to engage him, ask him about his print subscription to National Geographic. I have been making this his annual present for over 20 years.

Every month, he reads it cover to cover: in his chair by the fire, in bed before he turns in, and at the breakfast table. He is hard of hearing, and hates the phone, but will call me to talk about a feature he is taken with. Just after surgery in January, as we visited in the hospital, he was less interested in canes and rehab than he was in the story about the giant redwoods and Nick Nichols’ pictures.

I make my way back to the farm every chance I get, these days, to see my folks and can’t wait to talk to him about this month’s special edition of 125 years of National Geographic Photography .  It is a mixture of old and new, that delineates the incredible variety of life on our planet, and how mutable it has been over the last two centuries.

Here is a bit about the history of the ‘Geographic’:

It tells us that: “Judd & Detweiler began printing the National Geographic magazine in 1896, when it had a circulation of just 5,000.  By 1926… National Geographic alone then had a monthly subscription of nearly 1 million issues that required almost ten days of press time.”

Over 85 years later, in 2013 it is published in English and 39 local-language editions, boasting a global circulation of around 8 million.

I want to know what dad thinks about the James Balog photos of glacial melting and the accompanying article by Robert Kunzig. I bet that he will have a thing or two to say about “The Price of Precious,” (photos by Marcus Bleasdale, article by Jeffrey Gettleman.). He will study Joel Sartore’s picture of endangered species, long and hard.

I guarantee you this will be a more stimulating conversation than the one I had, in a hipster coffee bar today, about upgrading the operating system on my smartphone.

Sure, National Geographic Digital Media receives more than 27 million visitors a month and that is wonderful. Let’s forget the delivery mechanism for a minute: NGS captivates people, who have seen new worlds that they would never otherwise see.  The 125th edition takes us from negatives to digital capture, but it’s the simple truth of the image, however we consume it, that grabs us, enraptures us and transports us.

Some people just plain old prefer print. And my dad does not have to upgrade the operating system on his magazine…

Pat Egleston (c)Ellen Herbert

Retinette Reboot!

While on a trip back to the UK last Fall, we found another box of old slides and family photos. Scanning and retouching close to 100 of them for a personal project and posting again on the Retinette. Love these images and the legacy of my husbands’ family:

Don't know what I love more, the lawn mower or the shoes! Simons' twin, Jeremy.

The Crack

Years ago, a friend gave me a copy of ‘The Crack, A Year in Belfast” by Sally Belfrage. With a strong and pure voice, Ms. Belfrage wrote about the ‘Troubles’ through interviews with women Protestant and Catholic who brought home the bleak horror of living in a war zone and the price exacted no matter where or how one prays. Those stories left me with a bitter taste in my mouth that has only worsened as the human race cries amnesia and repeats age old cycles

Today, my friend and colleague Julie Grahame, AKA ACurator( gave me a heads up on a project by photojournalist Marissa Roth, an upcoming show at the Museum of Tolerance that is the culmination of a decades long journey into war from the perspective of women round the world – from Cambodia to Northern Ireland to the USofA: One Person Crying: Women and War.

She needs a bit of help to finish mounting the exhibition, so give a sister a hand, huh?

Kickstarter is making it easy:

Thanks…oh and if you find a copy of ‘The Crack’, let me know, ok? I lent mine out years ago and its out of print. Would really like to revisit it.

This just in: OJO Images takes the West by storm!

This just in: OJO Images takes the West by storm!

Mix up:

  • 50 models
  • 6 locations
  • vintage prop cars, surfboards, computers, conference tables and a long list of all the props you can think of
  • stunning wardrobe
  • gorgeous weather
  • 2 energetic, focused art directors armed with creative briefs
  • 2 mad talented photographers
  • the hardest working, most positive, can-do, innovative crew known to the Western world
  • 5 days

Add a bit of NEAT and the result is Stock that is definitely top drawer, unexpected and sure to spark the creative buyer for some time! See more here on the OJO site.

The Great Escape

The Great Escape

NEAT had the opportunity recently to produce the Great Escape 2012 for British Vogue and H&M! Take a look here for the gorgeous images and a behind the scenes video.

Palm Springs was never so cinematic than as seen through photog Matt Hinds camera. Many thanks to NEAT partner in the Great Escape, fellow producer Alison Armstrong.

Oh those pearly sunrises over the desert landscape..

Dream project… no, I mean deviantART project

For a great deal of last year I was working on building a Microstock collection for deviantART to be distributed on Fotolia . It has been truly one of most engaging, visually compelling and diverse projects of my career. DeviantART is the world’s largest online community for artists and art enthusiasts. Created to entertain, inspire and empower artists and art lovers, deviantART features an extensive and evolving platform used to exhibit, promote and discover art and interact with members. After many initial meetings, and wrapping my head around the brief, I was able to enlist a dream team of techies, project managers and photo editors to build the infrastructure, dive deep into the talent on the site, and recruit the artists.The artists span the globe, and range from the very young, who have just discovered the voice that a camera can provide, to established photographers curious about stock.

The results of our labor launched this week. A collection that, if we did our job, will successfully illustrate stock concepts with a …well… slightly deviant slant.

Mad props to the team – Jim Hudak, Stephanie Fowler, Sheridan Stancliff and Brantlea Newbury, to deviantART for the opportunity and creative freedom; but, most of all, to the artists of deviantART.

If you have not dug in to explore all that deviantART has to offer, its worth a stroll…


Love any excuse to visit Bergamot Station and this is perfect:

Present An Evening Sponsored By
10 X 10 X 10

10 young (and relatively young) photographers
talk about 10 of their photographs
for 10 minutes each.

Yasmin Alishav
Elizabeth Sarah Barr
Jeff Dojillo
John Bennett Fitts
Ann Johansson
Ethan Pines
Jen Rosenstein
Dustin Snipes
Maggie West
Betsy Winchell

PDN 30 photographers, YPA mentee photographers, Eddie Adams Workshop graduates, and some just good photographers.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10.  7 PM, doors open at 5:30.


Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Ave.,
Bldg. i
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Visual Connections

For image buyers and researchers, Visual Connections (formerly PictureHouse) is the one event created and tailored specifically for them providing a setting to meet with image suppliers from around the world providing an opportunity to find new sources and to meet one on one with long time vendors.

Last year, a ‘salon’ of informal educational sessions was introduced (produced by NEAT!) and received rave reviews.  Invited back to produce and create an even stronger program for 2010, we armed ourselves with surveys from last years attendees and have created what we believe to be the perfect complement to the expo.

Very pleased to announce the schedule for October 13, 2010: Seminars and Sessions at Visual Connections.

The day launches with a morning session with industry  Copyright expert Nancy Wolff and PACASearch, the days’ schedule includes a look at industry change and career overview with Picscout, a tutorial on the tools available on the net –  Digital Toolbox with ASPP, a panel on the rapidly morphing world of footage by and a very special presentation created specifically for the Visual Connection by the ADC ; Photographs More Than Words.

This has been a valuable opportunity for NEAT to work with a wide variety of professionals within our industry to develop and create what we know to be a thought-provoking and relevant adjunct to the not-to-be missed Visual Connections.