Recent work for Men's Health Magazine where writer @michael_easter and I got to spend a few days Elk Hunting with hunter @donnie_vincent in Nevada's Schell Creek Range. Donnie and his crew were great to hang, hike and camp with in the mountains. These guys are real mountain men, sometimes spending weeks at a time in the wild in pursuit of their passion for hunting. As always, I learned a ton about a new subject and all of different ways to look at things. Donnie has a great perpective and very respectful approach to hunting. Checkout the magazine on the newstands this month and hear what Michael had to say about the experience. - #hunting @menshealthmag #menshealth #JustinBastien #DonnieVincent #elk #bowhunting
Thanks for following along this weekend! This is @justinbastien for #wmtakeover. This was a really cool collaboration with Red Bull and Vans shot in Hawaii with legendary freediver Kimi Swimmer. We spent a week paddling and diving with Kimi around the islands while a Red Bull film crew followed us on our little adventure. It gives a little insight into what happens behind the scenes on a photo shoot. You can see the BTS film on Red Bull’s website or at http://www.justinbastien.com/news/ - @beyond_creative_mgmt #Vans #RedBull# #ProjectBTL #kimiswimmy #JustinBastien #adventure #film #motion #underwater #freedive
When I read the creative brief and spoke to the Art Director at the agency about this shoot I couldn’t believe what we attempting to do, a portrait series of oil workers in B&W. Dream project! The creative direction was based on Avedon’s American West series, but adding an environmental portrait angle to the work. I knew the backgrounds in the oil fields with all of textures, tonality and play of light would make incredible backdrops for the portrait series. I chose to shoot the entire series in medium format to give it a unique look and add more depth the images. Luckily, we had great support and direction from the entire team at the agency, supporting us every step along the way. We must have photographed over 80 subjects during the three week shoot. It was a ton of work and a great collaboration. This was definitely on of those incredible commercial projects where everything came together just perfectly. This is @justinbastien For #wmtakeover - #Exxon #portraits #commercial #JustinBastien @beyond_creative_mgmt
While shooting on assignment in Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania for the National Science Foundation, I became inspired by the people and their connection to the lake. As a side project, I wanted to document the lake and the peoples’ rhythmic connection to dagaa, the Swahili name for a small sardine-like fish and their primary food source. Their culture is shaped, their bellies filled, and their income subsidized by dagaa. Along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, dagaa is life and life is dagaa.This is @justinbastien for #wmtakeover - @beyond_creative_mgmt #landscapes #travel #JustinBastien #culture #Tanzania #portraits #NSF
Photographing landscapes while traveling always feels like a mental and creative vacation to me. You are completely at the mercy of what is presented to you by nature and forced to work at a different pace. There’s really nothing you can do except to be patient, wait and see what presents itself. If you are patient enough and willing to suffer through long hikes, early starts and late nights, mixed with lot’s of bad weather you just might capture that magic moment. I think that is what makes it so rewarding. Every photo in this gallery was a journey to be at that particular place and time and every photo brings back incredible memories from those places and the people I shared them with. Maybe, bringing the camera along isn’t so bad after all. This is @justinbastien for #wmtakeover - @beyond_creative_mgmt #landscapes #travel #JustinBastien
This was a great project for Delta Airlines where we got to tell stories about the people behind the scenes that keep the airline running around the clock. It was amazing to see what happens behind the scenes, the complicated logistics and all of the people working in synchronicity to get a flight off the ground and on time. One of the things I really love about doing such a wide variety of work is I am constantly learning about the world, people, businesses, and cultures all the time. It’s a never-ending and humbling learning experience. This is @justinbastien for #wmtakeover - #Delta #commercial #JustinBastien @beyond_creative_mgmt
I stared my photography career working for Patagonia. I was going on climbing and surfing trips for fun in between freelance gigs at Patagonia in Ventura. The photo editor there encouraged me to get a camera and start shooting photos of my trips for the catalog. At first, I wasn't that excited about shooting photos at all and felt like the camera interfered with the experiences, plus it was so much extra gear to haul around. After a while, I discovered that the photos were actually a great way to share the joy from all of the experiences we were having out there and I got kind of hooked on it. I still put the camera away a lot of times just to enjoy being out there in those special places with good people, but it's always fun to get home and be reminded of those good times. This is @justinbastien for #wmtakeover - #Patagonia #JustinBastien #travel #sports #climbing @beyond_creative_mgmt
Hey! @justinbastien here for this weekend's #wmtakeover. This was one of my favorite editorial projects shot for The Red Bulletin. I got to spend two weeks photographing the USCG Rescue Swimmers training the cold water off the coast of Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska. The last day of the shoot a huge storm came in with the rough weather we had been hoping for. We had two Skyhawk helicopters dropping off and retrieving rescue swimmers in some wild conditions for Surf Ops training. It was a long, cold and brutal day in the water, but so worth the pounding for the great photographs and the cover. The USCG crew in Kodiak and The Red Bulletin team were incredibly supportive throughout this entire project, which made all the difference. I love it when everyone gets on the same page, the work always elevates to another level. - @USCG #TheRedBulletin @RedBull #JustinBastien @beyond_creative_mgmt
One of my favorite photographs from last winter living with a group of Eagle Hunters in Western Mongolia. I stayed in their winter yurt with them, they fed me and took me on horseback through the snowy mountains every day while they hunted for foxes. The whole experience felt like a dream of some kind taking me back in time to a completely different world and way of life. I have never spent so much time with people so connected to the land, the animals they raise and their ability to provide for themselves. Their generosity and warmth is something I have rarely felt around the world. They say, it’s the way of the nomads, to always share and take care of other travels. There’s always so much to learn from visiting new places out of your element and I think that’s the thing that keeps me coming back for more time and time again. - I put the film we made from trip together as an Instagram Story Highlight above. Check it out and let me know what you think...🎥👆🏼 - #EagleHunter #Mongolia #Eagle #travel #adventure #Culture #redbull #JustinBastien @redbulletin
A wild night tracking a pride of lions as they hunted in the dark. A few minutes later the pride of 9 lions surrounded us and this lion came within five feet of me and looked me straight in the eyes. I am still in awe from the experience with these beautiful animals. Africa! - #SouthAfrica #safari #lions #JustinBastien
Valle de la Luna, Atacama Desert, Chile - There’s reason why they call this place The Valley of the Moon. It is such a foreign, yet beautifully inhospitable landscape carved by the wind over thousands of years. This is one of the driest places on earth with some areas not even receiving a single drop of water in the last hundred years. It’s also the place where they test rovers for Mars in the unforgiving, Martian like terrain. Valle de la Luna and the entire Reserva Nacional los Flamencos in the Atacama Desert is definitely worth experiencing if you find yourself in this part of the world. Climb to the top of the sand dune or one of the nearby mountains and take it all in. - #ValledelaLuna #ValleyoftheMoon #Atacama #Chile #travel #JustinBastien #desert #SanPedrodeAtacama
#InternTrevor suffering through his summer internship with us. Based on his back flip skills, which look more like out of control somersaults, I hope he survives. #funhogging #funhog #JustinBastienAdventures #JustinBastien #play #swimminghole #summerfun2017 #menatwork #exploremore #neverstopexploring #liveauthentic #wildernessculture #beautifuldestinations #letscamp #earthpix #goatworthy #earthpics #wanderlust #bts #optoutside #getoutstayout #doyoutravel
Had a blast on this shoot in the High Sierras a while back. What was YOUR favorite work moment this week? - #HighSierras #California #TheAdventurer #justinbastienphotography #justinbastien #justinbastiensadventures #funhog #funhogging #ilovemyjob #heckyes #exploremore #neverstopexploring #liveauthentic #wildernessculture #beautifuldestinations #letscamp #earthpix #goatworthy #earthpics #wanderlust #bts #optoutside #getoutstayout #doyoutravel
The Arctic has the most incredible light, the magic hour never seems to end. This photo is from back from the summer of 2012 while crossing the Davis Strait from Baffin Island to Greenland. I was aboard a Russian icebreaking vessel with a team of scientists from the Canadian Museum of Nature documenting climate change. I can only imagine what some of the places we visited on that trip look like now in 2016 with even more sea ice disappearing. It was unbelievable to see the images of huge glaciers, several miles long, from 7 years prior, completely gone from sight. It’s mind blowing how quickly the planet is changing right in front of us. Sometimes I feel so small and insignificant in it all. What can a single person do in their daily lives to truly make a difference while still participating in the modern world?
Thank you to the USCG team in Kodiak Alaska and The Red Bulletin for making this project come to life. It was such a blast swimming, flying and running around the wild Alaskan Coast with an incredible crew of talented people. The last day of the shoot when we shot the image for the cover was so fun. Nothing like getting beat down in icy cold water and big storm surf in the Gulf of Alaska with a bunch of people who love that stuff as much as I do. I hope all of you in the Coast Guard are stoked on the images and story. Thanks for all of your hard work and keeping us safe! - More images and behind the scenes at justinbastien.com/news #JustinBastienAdventures
"From the United Coast Guard Station in Kodiak, Alaska rescue helicopters fly north to the Arctic Ocean, where ice floes the size of football fields can be seen floating in the water. To the west, the Coast Guard watches over the Bering Sea, where Arctic storms transform the waves into dark blue walls. Air Station Kodiak is responsible for an area of some 4 million square miles—such a large expanse that on some days there are two different weather systems within its confines. " Words from @redbulletin's article '48 hours with the Alaska Coast Guard' by @a.rotti. #JustinBastienAdventures
#Repost from @redbulletin. Full article from the shoot available at the link in my bio or at https://www.redbulletin.com/us/us/lifestyle/48-hours-with-the-alaska-coast-guard Heroes from above! - Meet the Alaskan Coast Guard, America’s toughest rescue unit. When human life is on the line, they have to be prepared to go out in the worst weather imaginable, and for a job this dangerous, intense training and conditioning is undeniably crucial. With a dropout rate over 50%, the training that rookie rescue swimmers endure includes 18 weeks of intense water drills followed by a seven week course in emergency medical service. “The people training you have just one aim: They want to see if you crack under pressure. photo: @justinbastien
We spent two weeks back in May up in the wild lands of Kodiak Island, Alaska photographing The United States Coast Guard for Red Bull. Here's a short teaser from the shoot. Checkout the full article at the link in my bio or at: https://www.redbulletin.com/us/us/lifestyle/48-hours-with-the-alaska-coast-guard. #JustinBastienAdventures #JustinBastienBTS
Go #PlayNow with The Paint Shop’s Post Production Team and the Toyota Tacoma campaign. @justinbastien @tenenthusiast @ianwmcgee @uncle_tyty @r2reaves @westonpeick @that_dean_machine @drewbezanson @toyotausa #paintshopla #bmx #mtb #tacoma #justinbastien #playnow #motorx #motorcross #offroad @toyotaunleased @toyotastrong @everythingtoyotas
We had a blast shooting the #PlayNow campaign for Toyota recently. BMX, Motocross and Snowboarding with some super cool and talented people. Link to the films in my profile above. Check it out! - @drewbezanson @louievito @westonpeick @toyotausa #Tacoma #JustinBastien - http://www.justinbastien.com/projects/toyota-play-now
#HHDL0704 #peakmind #dalailama #portrait #blackandwhite #justinbastien -- thank you @justinbastien 🙏🏼✨👌🏼 #Repost @justinbastien with @repostapp - Jacqueline M Koh photographed in Irvine, California at the Peak Mind event, a joint celebration of compassion and His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday. - These portraits, taken on 4th of July, a joint celebration of compassion and His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday, are in the spirit of illuminating the interconnected essence we all share. The campaign seeks to embody the messages of compassion, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence that is at the heart of both the Dalai Lama and Peak Mind's mission. It is hard to describe with words the positive energy surrounding the event, but these photos capture the passion invoked by the Dalai Lama's words and the inner presence of love in each of the subjects. The concept for this shoot was to photograph each subject in a state of mediation, in a personal moment, in which they were focusing on compassion for the world around them. This is a very private and vulnerable place to be while having someone make a photograph of you. It was beautiful to watch people slowly become comfortable with the process and gently let themselves go in front of the camera. I used subtle lighting, negative space and dark tones to bring a since of intimacy, making the subjects feel as if they were emerging from another place, another world. Each photograph that truly resonates with the message of compassion the event represented so well.
Had a great shoot last week with Tyler Armstrong near Mount Baldy, California for Outside Magazine. I couldn’t believe how beautiful the sunset was over the Los Angels that evening. It looked like we were in a completely different part of the world up there. I am always amazed at the incredible places that exist right in our own backyards if you just put a little effort in to get out and explore. Grateful for another inspiring day from Mother Nature and the cool people I am lucky enough to share these experiences with. Now if I can just get the swelling to go down in my sprained ankle. Ah! #MountBaldy #SanJacinto #ski #hiking #TylerArmstrong #TopWithTyler #climb #climbing #landscape #visit #LosAngeles #LA #view #sunset #JustinBastien #backyard #local @gregorypacks
Only one more full day until 2015 is officially over. We at Surf Collective are very stoked to keep growing and creating content and stories that our fans love. Excited for awesome things to come (including issue #2 of our mag!) - stay tuned. What are you looking forward to in the new year? _ 📷: Justin Bastien #justinbastien #justinbastienphotography #surfcollective #surfcollectivenyc #2016goals #scissue2 #leftsfordays
The Aurora Borealis is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. It looks like pure magic. If you ever have a chance to see it don't pass it up. Kodiak, Alaska. - On this rare occasion the incredible light show made its way south to Kodiak Island. We spent several hours trying to find the best place to see from a high vantage point that night. We settle on Pillar Mountain which overlooks to town of Kodiak. We sat there for hours watch the light change to some beautiful unknown rhythm. I can't wait to get back up there to see it again.
Another beauty rolling in to do it's thing. Mentawai Islands, Sumatra. - As much as I love surfing there's some just so peaceful and satisfying about swimming in the waves and just watching it all happen. The build up of the wave in front of you, the wind as it rushes up the face, the point where time seems to slow down as the wave barrels over you and all the energy and beauty suspends itself weightlessly above, then the crash of the lip coming down, the explosion of energy behind you as you dive through the back of the wave finally emerging to the surface again with a new sense of appreciation for the ocean, it's beauty, power and the wonderful feelings it creates inside you. I never get enough of it. How's that for a jet lagged rambler? ;)
I feel like I really fit in here. All of my new friends just want to play in the water all day, go on adventures, eat snacks and take naps. I don't ever want to go home.
Last week I had the pleasure of hanging and shooting the OG, Z-Girl skateboarding legend, Peggy Oki. The experience was enriching and inspiring. She's a bad ass skater and surfer, an amazing artist, and an activist. Her Origami Whales Project raises awareness concerning threats to dolphins and whales. Check out her "Curtain of 36,000 Origami Whales" and see more about what you can do to help www.origamiwhalesproject.org
The fish in Kodiak really fight back. - Kodiak Island is a tough place to live, work and call home. It’s also full of great, tough as nails people like this guy Terry. He was nice enough to take my my Dad and uncles (not exactly top notch anglers) fishing on his boat all day. They were reeling in one fish after another until the fish really started fighting back. Terry didn’t even flinch after a big Silver Salmon showed him what it’s like to get hooked. I thought this was the coolest thing I had ever seen while fishing. I finally understood what it was like when you catch a fish that fights back. Badass! Most of the time it just looks like you reel the helpless things in without any effort. Well, Terry didn’t feel the same way about the whole thing, but he has another great fishing story to tell and that is what is all about with maybe a little beer drinking mixed in.
The endless dirt roads, long hikes, bears and getting stung by pushki plants are worth it for moments like this. Kodiak, Alaska.
Another beautiful night on Kodiak Island. I have always wanted to see the Northern Lights while I was here on island and last night we were lucky enough to have an amazing display of light all through the night. Shooting in the cold winds on top of the mountain made it even more wild and fun. Loving this place and more with each day.
Packing up the surfboards, warm wetsuits, cameras and rubber boots for Alaska. I can't wait to get back out into the wild!
An incredible day riding above Ojai and the Pacific Ocean with the crew from the Mob Shop. I couldn't believe the view of the Channel Islands way out there, it felt like we were on top of the world. I am always amazed at the incredible places we have in our own backyard.
Getting excited about returning to Alaska for a cool mission with @bearwalsh soon! - This photo was from a taken a few years ago while filming a project for the Discovery Channel called Flying Wild Alaska in the little village of Unalakleet. I was lucky enough to spend a few days out on the frozen pack ice with local hunters from the nearby village. They are total masters of the frozen world in which they live. We were there in February with cold winds and temperatures well below -20 F and it didn’t slow them down for a minute. We tracked rabbits in the nearby hills, caught fish through the ice in the rivers, tracked seals on the ice sheet and caught fresh crabs for dinner. Minus all of the strange food they enjoyed trying to get me to eat, Muktuk and Stink Flipper, not the best thing I have ever had, it was an unforgettable trip.
Nothing is more fun than a climbing with your friends and getting spanked all day long. I think they plan out their day just to torture me on all of the problems they have wired. ;) - What is the name and rating of this thing? I almost made a single move on it. Almost!
The Kecak Dance. Bali, Indonesia I love running across old photos that bring back such good memories of the people and places I have been fortunate enough to visit. This photo was from my first trip to Bali years ago. The place blew me away with the beautiful smiles, rich culture and great waves. I would roam around the countryside day after day meeting the nicest people, going to celebration after celebration and being welcome everywhere with gracious, open arms. Bali will forever hold a special place in my heart and always be a place I will return to again and again. A little more info on the Kecak Dance from Wikipedia. Kecak is a form of Balinese dance and music drama that was developed in the 1930s in Bali, Indonesia. Since its creation, it has been performed primarily by men, with the very first women's kecak group starting in 2006. Also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant, the piece, performed by a circle of at least 150 performers wearing checked cloth around their waists, percussively chanting "cak" and moving their hands and arms, depicts a battle from the Ramayana. The monkey-like Vanara helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance.
Happy to see our Speedo USA Art of the Cap project win the Communication Arts Interactive Annual this year. Thanks to Speedo, Hello Design and all of the great Olympic athletes, @nathangadrian @nataliecoughlin @ryanlochte @cullenjones @danavollmer for having me along on the project. http://www.commarts.com/interactive/cai15/artofthecap.html
Last light on the Devil's Backbone Trail, Mount Baldy. I had no idea there were views this beautiful overlooking Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean nearby. It was so clear the day we were shooting up there you could see all the way across the city out to Catalina Island. Once again, California blows me away with her incredible beauty. Thanks to the father and son climbing team of Kevin and Tyler Armstrong for hustling up there in the setting sun for some great images. You guys killed it and I look forward to more time in the mountains around the work with you guys.
Summer never ends in the Cook Islands. Mary Osborne takes a new friend fishing for the day in the inner lagoons.
An outtake from a recent shoot in New Zealand with Riley Elliott from Shark Man TV. We spent days diving, chumming and looking for sharks off the coast of New Zealand. There was always this feeling that something was out there, just out of sight in the dark, deep waters. The feeling persisted throughout the entire shoot, day after day, until the first shark arrived on the scene. We quickly jumped in the water and spent about 20 minutes interacting with the shark, sometimes, inches away from the camera. It was one of the most exciting experiences I have had in the ocean. Riley's experience and knowledge of shark behavior made me feel a bit more comfortable, but it was defintely an intense 20 minutes I will never forget with these incredible animals. Thanks Riley and @Microsoft for making this happen!
Work from a new project in Tanzania for the National Science Foundation will be coming out soon. We spent three weeks filming on and around Lake Tanganyika in some remote areas. I couldn't get enough of the people and locations during the trip. The portrait opportunities were unbelievable! Almost every person I encountered had this unbelievable beauty, strength and confidence. Take this fisherman for example, we just spent 16 hours out on the lake fishing all through the night with kerosine lanterns, raising and lowering heavy water soaked nets and wooden boom poles in the cold, dark water. We hardly caught a thing that night and it was tiring and dangerous work. But, as we made our way back to his small village on the shore of the lake in the rising sun, the expression on his face said it all, strength and pride from a hard days work, allowing him to feed his family and spend another day on the water.
We finally got a little taste of winter in the High Sierras for a few days this winter. What a beautiful day scrambling around the Whitney Portal and Lone Pine area.
Running away from it all in the Cook Islands… I never got enough of the stormy skies on the island of Rarotonga. Every evening after the sun went down the ocean and sky melted into in a beautiful collage of blue that seemed to go on forever. You could hardly tell where the ocean ended and the sky began, you were simply lost in a beautiful blue world with warm, tropical winds running across the smile on your face.
Loretta Di Simone walks through the fields of her family farm in Tarquinia Italy. The tree in distance was planted in the field generations ago as a legacy to her family. Since the early 19th century, Loretta Di Simone's family has owned an #organic farm called La Turchina that raises livestock and produces ancient varieties of spelt and barley. She helped them become one of Italy's first family farms to sell their products online, which led to her being named Italy's Most Innovative Young Farmer.
Morning shoot over the Brazilian Coast. 🚁🤙🏼 Some days at work are more fun than others and some days you are literally flying by the seat of your pants. - I put together a little Story above. Check it out and let me know what you think... 👆🏼🎥 - #Brazil #Heli #ILoveMyJob #aerials #JustinBastien #OnLocation @beyond_creative_mgmt
One of my favorite experiences from last winter living with a group of Eagle Hunters in Western Mongolia. I stayed in their winter yurt with them, they fed me and took me on horseback through the snowy mountains every day while they hunted for foxes. The whole experience felt like a dream of some kind taking me back in time to a completely different world and way of life. I have never spent so much time with people so connected to the land, the animals they raise and their ability to provide for themselves. Their generosity and warmth is something I have rarely felt around the world. They say it’s the way of the nomads, to always share and take care of other travels. There’s always so much to learn from visiting new places out of your element and I think that’s the thing that keeps me coming back for more time and time again. This is @justinbastien for #wmtakeover - I put the film we made from trip together as an Instagram Story Highlight above. Check it out and let me know what you think...🎥👆🏼 - #EagleHunter #Mongolia #Eagle #travel #adventure #Culture #redbull #JustinBastien @redbulletin @beyond_creative_mgmt
Check out our friends at @elephantsrhinospeople today on @goodmorningamerica you’ll see some of the amazing animals we recently filmed on safari in South Africa that Elephants Rhinos People helped to save from poachers. This was part of an incredible project with a great team at @sap and @bbdony that took us around the world last month covering some really interesting subjects in spectacular locations. So happy to see the photos and films out in the wild now. 🎥@justinbastien - #Elephants #Rhinos #People #preservation #Africa #Safari #JustinBastien #sap @beyond_creative_mgmt #travel
Speedo USA’s “Art of the Cap” campaign teamed five Olympic swimmers with incredible artists to design limited-edition swim caps for five worthy causes. We created still and motion imagery from studio portraits to action shots above and below the water throughout the multi-day shoot. What a pleasure to work with Olympic greats such as Ryan Lochte and Natalie Coughlin for a wonderful cause and collaboration of artistic and athletic talent. This is @justinbastien for #wmtakeover - @beyond_creative_mgmt #Speedo #swim #sports #underwater #JustinBastien #commercial #NatalieCoughlin #RyanLochte #SpeedoUSA
Father and son on their first multi pitch climb. 8 year old Ari leads the way with his proud father @aronhjarta climbing beneath him. It’s so cool to see how psyched people are when they first discover how much fun it is to climb in such beautiful places. It’s hard to believe back in October when I met Aron on a film project in Yosemite he thought we were totally nuts for climbing El Cap and filming on the wall. It blew his mind. Now, he is obsessed and has plans for his own El Cap adventure this fall. He has the bug. I love it! - #climbing #climb #kid #fatherandson #Sespe #Ojai #JustinBastien #LosPadres #NationalForest