A few years ago I remember seeing an article on a photographer whose image was licensed by Apple for the background of the new iPad. I always thought it was a cool way to get your photo distributed to the masses. Two months ago while checking my email early in the morning in bed, I almost deleted an email mistaking it as spam or some junk mail. After rereading the two line preview, I opened it and it was from someone in the art department from Apple. Attached was a photo of mine they had pulled off of my website and asked if I was interested in licensing it to them. Well fast forward to yesterday, Apple released the new iOS 7 operating system for iPhones, iPads, and iPods. If you update your phone, or buy a new iPhone, my photo above is one of the stock background options you can select. For the last couple months I didn’t say anything in fear of jinxing it until I actually saw it for myself. Update your phones or iPads etc and take a screenshot and post it and tag me (instagram @keegan_gibbs) ! Pretty pumped that my photo is on potentially tens or hundreds of million peoples phones or devices across the world. Surreal to say the least.
The image was shot a few years ago in Indonesia while on a surf trip in the Mentawai islands. The image is actually upside down, so what looks like the sky is actually under water, the the water surface is just below the surface. I showed this image a few times at different art shows, and the image was also used in a collection with RVCA, used as a T-shirt graphic, a cell phone case and a board short. And now, Apple has extended its life.
Spain, September 2012.
Went to Big Bear this weekend to visit my Grandparents, play in the snow and see if we could spot Dorner. Click for (more…)
I have been working on a series of different pieces that utilize the camera as strictly a tool to achieve something instead of my norm of using it to capture moments to tell stories, or create nostalgic emotions etc… One of these series are these gradients. Here are a couple more I made recently. (more…)
I have been shooting a lot of film lately on a Canon 1N. This is a series of images I shot of umbrellas at Zuma Beach on one roll of Portra film. I have been increasingly interested in objects that exist individually, such as a single umbrella in the same. Also, it plays a similar roll to these collages I have been doing of circles above horizons, just in a slightly different manner.
During the summer months the lifeguards throw up the black ball flag and you cant surf past Noon, so with the weather being nice I burned the shit out of the bottom of my feet after getting called in by the lifeguards and I walked up the beach until the roll was finished. Click for (more…)
Finally a little bit of surf showed up the last couple days in the little point near my house. We mostly rode fat fishes and soft tops, but it was a good time. Heading off to Alaska on Thursday for a couple weeks to shoot some photos and fish. Never been and very excited.