Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I was born in the 80's...were you?

From Newschoolers.com

"Tonight is a very special night at the Jon Olsson Super Sessions in Åre, Sweden. Out of all the crazy parties that go down in this town during JOSS, the most anticipated is always the infamous rocker party (last year's was the sweetest party I've personally ever been to, being that I'm a huge 80's metal head), and tonight's installment will surely be no exception. However this year there's an added twist...

The good people at General snus and Jack Daniel's are sponsoring the party, and General has built a booth in the kick-ass Bygget night club to host an air guitar contest, and the winner will receive an electric guitar and free snus for a year.

And just to make it that much sweeter, they've installed a camera in the booth and will be filming everyone all looped up on JD as they air guitar themselves into a frenzy...and we'll be featuring a live broadcast of it right here on NS.

The party starts at about 11pm Sweden time (which is 2pm Pacific, 3pm Mountain and 5pm Eastern) so the broadcast should start around then although it may not get really going till midnight. So make sure you tune in, because you won't want to miss it. Seriously."

View Here.

Day 2 @ JOSS

I survived the first night out at a Euro Club with everyone. There was a lot of techno, expensive drinks and faux hawks galore. We're on a weather hold (as far as we can tell) so I'm taking the time to update email, twitter, facebook, newschoolers and keep my family & friends informed. No pics as of yet but I'm sure they'll be more coming later as I hit the town to shop for the 80's Rocker Party that will be broadcast live on Newschoolers.com

Here's some handy links:



Here's a few photos from out & about Åre:

Almost as popular as Volvos: Girls in Red Bull cars.

Team Down Under: Jossi Wells & Russ Henshaw

Monday, March 30, 2009

Day 1.5 @ JOSS

Day 1.5

I'm calling this 1.5 because it was the first full day in Sweden at the JOSS event in Åre.

Yesterday was all about travel. I departed Newark at 5:30 p.m. after spending the morning with my girlfriend and her family running small errands (read: getting "happy flying pills" at CVS) for the trip and taking a brief walk in the woods with their dogs. The Chaputs were nice enough to send me off with a bag of homemade cookies and some granola bars, that I insisted I did not need, but found quite necessary somewhere on the flight over the North Atlantic while watching an in flight movie (Quantum of Solace) in a nifty LCD screen in the back of the headrest of the seat in front of me. My neighbors in the seats next to me were Swedes on their way home after spending two weeks in Costa Rica. Being of Irish descent, I know the value of sunblock but I'm not sure if they did.

I arrived in Stockholm at 1 a.m. (6 a.m. local time). It was a considerably shorter flight than I had imaged; about 7 hours or so total. It was welcome news to me as I do not enjoy flying (note aforementioned medication). I had a small layover before catching a connecting flight North to Ostersund where I managed to grab maybe a half hour of sleep before being awoken by a little Swede playing hide & go seek with his parents. Arriving in Ostersund, I was able to make arrangements with a family I met to bring me the final hour to Åre by sharing their shuttle; no problem there. The drive was uneventful as well and I was able to take in the view (sans camera since it was packed away). The countryside is a bit like Northern Quebec as the hillsides were dotted with farms and pine trees with more Volvos driving down the roads.

Åre is nestled on a lake and sits on a hillside that backs up into the mountains. I'm not sure if I could characterize it as "Euro" since I've never been to another city in Europe but it does feel different with its narrow streets and funky street signs. I haven't had much of a chance to explore much more than the local grocery store, where it took me an hour to pick up a few essentials (beer, eggs, milk, juice, salsa and tortilla chips), and the local hotel "Holiday Club" where I waited until 1:30 for the athletes to arrive from Norway since their bus had broken down.

After not sleeping much since leaving Newark, I headed back to my accommodations for the night.

I woke up too sunny skies at 11:30 (Don't judge, it was jet lag) and decided to take in the local breakfast faire. I'm wondering if General Mills has any issues with Kelloggs obvious copyright infringements in Sweden. The carton of milk took me a considerable amount of time to open.

Say it with me: "mjölk"

Finally after enjoying a little Married with Children in Swedish, Schmuck from Newschoolers came to inform me that we were on for shooting in the afternoon at the Reverse Transfer gap. I was introduced to European chair lifts and they are like nothing I've ever seen. Think more moving sidewalks than lift lines; a conveyor pulls you onto the loading platform while the chairlift swings in. Weird.

The "SmashMaster" himself: Jeff Schmuck

Getting to the top above tree line, we headed skier's left through a rock garden and made our way to the jump, an impressive looking two take off transfer sitting in the lower portion of the back bowl. The heli was already running, circling the feature as the riders started to get warmed up. However the session did not last long as clouds came North from the South and socked in the shoot.

Team America F*** Yeah: Wallisch & Dumont watch a bit of sunshine pass the Reverse Transfer by.

There was a lot of milling about by the athletes, red bull and a lottery for heli time before it was decided to end the shoot at the location and move on to the City Hip later. I was able to grab a shower and some food and watch the snowfall outside of my window.

There's a lake out there somewhere.

The City Hip sat above the town and the lake and seemed to be precariously close to the highway. All the teams seemed to make a couple of good laps and the session lasted for about an hour to two before it was called for the night.

A group of us headed to Max Burger, the Swedish equivalent to In & Out or Wendys only with attractive blonde women serving fast food. A bit different than the Barre, VT Burger King on Rt 62.

Now here's a few shots:

Mr. John Symms of Team U.S.A.

Tom Wallisch

More of America: Simon Dumont

Jacob Wester

Sunday, March 29, 2009

@ Åre for JOSS....now where is everybody?

Just a quick update:

I finally arrived in Åre, Sweden for the Jon Olsson Super Sessions after leaving VT on Friday night, driving 6 hrs south to Jersey in order to catch a direct flight to Stockholm which was uneventful. After landing early, I had a could of hours to kill which consisted of me running through the airport trying to arrange a shuttle to pickme up in Ostersund and bring me here. In the process, I had to pass through security twice. I'm not sure they enjoy seeing familiar faces in the line. So I'm running on about 26-27 hours of no sleep just waiting for the bus to arrive from Norway so I can check it, maybe catch a quick catnap and then head out on the town!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Euro-Trip: JOSS

I've been slacking on my posts and for that I'm sorry but I've got a good excuse: I've been preparing for my upcoming trip to Sweden to cover the Jon Olsson Super Sessions in Åre for Newschoolers.com. Hopefully I'll be able to post some of the photos on the day I take them but if not, you can follow along by heading over to www.newschoolers.com. The first leg of the trip is already taking place in Norway.

In other news, I was in Boston this past weekend meeting with a client and had the opportunity to take a walk around. While nothing stood out (we all have one of those days), here's a shot from that trip.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The iPhone, my savior.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Legos. I love Legos.

As a kid, my passion was Legos. I loved Legos. I used to spend hours constructing cities out of little plastic blocks from Denmark. Now my passion is photography. Here, I've found the two have been combined by photographer Mike Stimpson who has recreated some of the most iconic photography of the last century. Check out his flickr page here for other images.