Was just in Kauai for a week. Shot some film on a ricoh point n shoot. the water stuff is from a disposable market camera.
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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.
I have been shaping surfboards a bit recently. Always have liked working with a more hands on medium, and surfboards seemed like a good fit to fulfill that tactile desire.
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Spain, September 2012.
A couple weeks ago I flew to Hilo, Hawaii to shoot a mini-documentary character piece on the MMA UFC Legend BJ “The Prodigy” Penn for RVCA. I really cant express enough how humble, genuine, talented and an overall great guy BJ is. It is often rare to be such a successful public figure and maintain grounded, true to family and friendly values, not be over zealous with money and material things and overall to be respectful to any and everyone you come across. To me, MMA and the UFC in particular have a pretty negative connotation, filled with jock mentality, steroids, bad graphics, and tough ego guys. The practice and discipline of training however, is something I appreciate, and BJ breaks all those stereotypes and more in my book. This was shot a week before his latest fight. BJ has been fighting in MMA and UFC for over 10 years. Thanks BJ for the hospitality in Hilo.
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I am in Hawaii right now shooting some stuff with RVCA. These are a couple shots of Alex Knost. 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…)