Posted Oct 02, 2012 by kk

Independent Media & Citizen Journalism at The 2012 Democratic National Convention - Charlotte, North Carolina

Bill Clinton gave a rousing speech on night two of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. At the end, to the surprise of the audience and media and, who knows maybe even Clinton himself, Obama came out and gave him a big hug.

The Democratic National Convention is taking place in Charlotte this week and there's a huge focus on independent media… especially blogging and citizen journalism. With convention delegates and the media armed with iPhones and using Instagram, Twitter, YouTube & Facebook this has election is more connected & real-time than any that has come before.

One particularly interesting project is an independent media center called #ThePPL. #ThePPL is a co-working and event space in Uptown Charlotte just blocks from the main events  and designed for the emerging and online media covering the #DNC2012. In addition to a newsroom supporting hundreds of indy journalists, activists, and non-profits the people has been hosting parties, guest speakers, and roundtable discussions throughout the convention.

From… "We're just having fun doing what we love to do. Making art. Making media. Making history. #DNC2012 #ThePPL"

Posted Apr 08, 2011 by kk

Vancouver's Chinatown is a vibrant neighborhood of food, culture and art!

Whether it is for the freshly baked goods or the stunning historical artifacts, Vancouver's Chinatown neighborhood has enough nostalgia to spread for its visitors and residents. Nestled in near the edge of the downtown core, this particular Chinatown is blessed with some stunning architecture as well as waterfront scenery. Static Photography photographer Kris Krug had the chance to wander around his local neighborhood with his camera in tow. He was even able to catch some rare Vancouver sunlight while wandering the streets.

Posted Apr 06, 2011 by kk

Helping to Promote a Cool Travel Photography Contest

Whether you are documenting the hills of China, the deserts of Bolivia or the skyscrapers of a busy downtown Vancouver, travel photography can come in many different shapes and sizes. Documenting the elements of the world around when you are traveling around the world can highlight corners of the earth that can go unseen by a larger population. This may be the most inspiring and appealing characteristic of travel photography, for the audience and the photographer! Static Photography photographer Kris Krug often sets out with his camera on his travels, capturing the cultural and natural landscape of the world around him.

Posted Mar 29, 2011 by kk

Midway Journey is a poetic, visual & introspective journey to one of the most remote places on the planet.

Journey to Midway Island 

“I envision our project not as being a bunch of us tramping around the island with cameras; instead I hope it will be an emotional and spiritual journey by a deeply connected group of artists, to honor the issues that Midway represents.

Maybe it is not too ambitious to hope—if we can fully rise to the occasion—that we might be able to co-create a multi-media work of art that tenderly witnesses this middle point that humanity finds itself at right now.

And in the eye of the storm —the apex of the Gyre—perhaps our collaborative efforts can create a container for healing that might have some small effect on the collective choice that is to come.” - Photographer and artist Chris Jordan 

Posted Mar 24, 2011 by kk

This City was Built on Rock n' Roll and Jones Soda - SXSW 2011 in Austin, Texas

Hunter Valentine - SXSW Music 2011 - Austin, TX

Music is what moves the soul into rhythm. Every year after the geeks have fled Austin, TX to recover from five days of SXSW Interactive madness, the streets of this cozy creative town are flooded by the musical soundings of thousands of rockstars from all over the world. The music portion of the South by Southwest festival is coveted by music industry folks, up and coming bands and music nerds. Every available venue, from parking lots, art galleries and even small storefronts are turned into rock n' roll havens. Static Photography photographer Kris Krüg had the chance to hang out with guys from Jones Soda as they traveled in their Jones RV from party to party.  What a wild ride!

Posted Mar 22, 2011 by kk

A haven within heaven: the Samsung Blogger Lounge debuts at 2011 SXSW Interactive Festival

SXSW Interactive 2011 - Austin, TX

When March rolls around you know that spring has sprung and the annual gathering of geeks is in full swing at the Interactive portion of the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX. Spread out over five days of panels, parties and networking, SXSW is the equivalent of geek heaven and geek spring break squished into on power-packed week. One respite of this crazy event is when there are small havens of quietness, power outlets and awesome smaller events which was the main goal of the Techset Hosted Samsung Blogger Lounge. Static Photography photographer Kris Krüg had a chance to kickback, recharge and spend some quality time geeking out in the lounge with his camera.

Posted Mar 18, 2011 by kk

Kickin' it at the Klout Krib Kloutup at SXSW Interactive 2011 in Austin, TX

Austin Kloutup at the Klout Krib - SXSW Interactive 2011 - Austin, TX Audiorunner - Austin Kloutup at the Klout Krib - SXSW Interactive 2011 - Austin, TX Austin Kloutup at the Klout Krib - SXSW Interactive 2011 - Austin, TX

It's always a special time of year when the SXSW Festival hits Austin, Texas every March. During the first part of the festival, this eastern Texas hotspot is flooded by geeks and tech nerds from around the world that come out to network, promote and most importantly have a good time. This year was particularly exciting because individual companies pulled out all the stops and created their own personal venues within the festival itself. Such was the amazing Klout Krib that was nestled in the northern part of Austin.

Posted Mar 09, 2011 by kk

Road-Trippin To South By Southwest With a Band of Merry Media-Making Scallywags

What's a better way to trek all the way from Vancouver to Austin for SXSW then in one of the coolest road vehicles around? There are none when you are traveling in the Jones Soda RV. Static Photography photographer Kris Krüg and studio manager Danielle Sipple are joined by the likes of other creative scalawags in a road adventure that packs a punch.

Posted Feb 22, 2011 by kk

Sight-seeing in Downtown Vancouver with Tourism Vancouver

Vancouver Biennale - Artifical Rock #143

(This photo-essay is the first of a series featuring the neighborhoods of Vancouver for )

One of the most vibrant areas of the city of Vancouver is its downtown core. Surrounded on two sides by magnificent waterfronts and topped by the greenery of Stanley Park, this downtown area is anything but a dead-zone buffered by the business of 9-5.

Posted Feb 17, 2011 by kk

'Make Web Not War' Open Source Web Geek Conference Comes to Vancouver May 6/7

Make Web Not War Pre-Conference Meetup - Vancouver, BC

It's really amazing when the marriage between open source technology and the evil empire of OS systems can happen for the sake of a better digital future.

Posted Feb 15, 2011 by kk

On the Road Again to SXSW 2011 Festival in Austin, TX

SXSW 2010 Festival - Austin, TX

It is that time of year again! The cold weather is coming with less frequency, the flowers are starting their journey to the topsoil and the geeks are starting to prepare for their yearly pilgrimage to Austin, TX. For a few weeks every March, the small independent city of Austin, TX is turned into a heavenly setting of geeks, technology and general debauchery with the annual South by South West Festival. This 12 day event is the setting for history making, whether it is in debuting new awesome technology or partying with your favourite twitter followers. The festival is split into three parts: SXSW Interactive, SXSW Film and SXSW Music. Welcome to the world of geeks, movies and rockstars.

Posted Feb 02, 2011 by kk

Documenting Vancouver's Neighborhoods With A Series of 12 Photo Essays

Jules Moore -- The Waldorf Hotel

From a beautiful stone path that wraps around the entire city to character houses to some of the best food in the world, Vancouver is a very diverse city. Each of the various neighbourhoods has its own cultural identity, complete with its own landmarks, distinct food offerings and aesthetic. It would be exceedingly difficult to experience all that Vancouver has to offer in one short visit as a traveling tourist. This year is particularly exciting in our city's cultural history with Vancouver's 125th birthday coming in just at the heels of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Our time to celebrate our city as it moves forward with its initiative to become the greenest city by 2020 has come! 

Posted Dec 22, 2010 by kk

PHOTO ESSAY: The Waldorf, W2 Woodward's & WordCamp YVR - Best of Vancouver 2010

Mayor Gregor Robertson @ W2 - Vancouver British Columbia

This year has flown by in a flurry of events that have elevated the city of Vancouver to all new heights. From preparation to the 2010 Winter Olympics to beautification of local neighbourhoods to headlining world tours, this city has been a hotpot of activity that has stretched culturally across many areas. Static Photography has had the chance to participate in many of these events with photographer Kris Krüg being front and center with his camera capturing all the highlights.

Without further hesitation here is the best of 2010 in our beautiful city of Vancouver, BC!

Posted Dec 01, 2010 by kk

PHOTO ESSAY: Vancouver Comes Together to Celebrate Ideas & Community at 2nd Annual TEDxVan

TEDx Vancouver 2010 - West Vancouver, BC

Some events start with a momentum that keeps growing with every year. TEDx Vancouver is one of those events that has that energy. In its second year this TED inspired event creates the environment that fosters the discovery of amazing speakers, awesome discussion between audience members and idea sharing from the stage to the seat. This year's event was held at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver and Static Photography's Kris Krüg was there to capture all the wonderful moments of this evolving event.


Posted Nov 25, 2010 by kk

Keeping Warm with Some Photos - Welcome to Winter 2010

Youngunz Photoshoot - Waldorf Hotel - Vancouver, BC

The weather is dropping quicker than the leaves can fall in Vancouver, BC but that hasn't stopped Static Photography from venturing out into the cold for awesome events. Photographer Kris Krüg has literally been everywhere this past year including Bolivia for the World People's Conference on Climate Change, Louisiana to document the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and even Manchester, UK for the AND Festival. This late in the year Kris has been spending some quality time in Vancouver, BC which has given him the chance to capture some really interesting events that have happened around town.

Posted Oct 27, 2010 by kk

Brilliant Accidents, Necessary Failures and Improbable Breakthroughs: PopTech 2010

PopTech 2010 Setup

With the return of the fall cold weather and the brightly changing colors of the leaves, there is also the annual return of the PopTech conference in Camden, Maine. This three day event connects some of the brightest and most innovative social change individuals from around the world for realtime sharing of ideas, problems and active solutions.

Posted Oct 20, 2010 by kk

Geeks Gone Wild: Blogworld 2010 - Las Vegas, NV

Blogworld 2010 - Las Vegas, NV

What happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas. When it comes to the geeks though - what happens in Vegas stays on the internet, especially when the geeks are gathering for the Blogworld 2010 Conference. A plethora of bloggers, internet whiz kids, geeks and tech-heads, Blogworld is a three day event of everything that is connected to blogging. From podcasting and making money from your blog to mommy and military bloggers, there was something for every blogger. Static Photography photographer Kris Krüg had the opportunity to give a keynote about new media photography for the ever expanding world of the internet.


Posted Oct 06, 2010 by kk

Vancouver Wedding Photography - The Summer of Static Photography Nuptials

Fiona Garden & Ben Ruddock Ashton Wedding - London, England, UKK

Weddings can be a whirlwind of excitement for any new couple. When it comes to the planning of the special event, many details come into play from out of town family, outfits, location, food, vows and especially wedding photography. Having photos that capture the ceremony and events surrounding it can be very memorable for everyone involved in the wedding. Static Photography had the chance to capture four special ceremonies this past summer and early fall.

Posted Sep 27, 2010 by kk

New School of Photography at Blogworld in Las Vegas and Emily Carr University in Vancouver this Fall


The world of photography is changing at a quickening pace that often can make photographers run for the hills. The rules and regulations from the past just aren't working with the new systems of today. From the onslaught of the internet, to digital cameras to even very powerful camera photos, this new creative landscape is not in the textbooks nor is it in the old school knowledge of photography. Luckily there is a new kid in town called the New School of Photography and Static Photography's very own Kris Krüg is leading the revolution.

Posted Sep 23, 2010 by kk

Document Your Documentation: The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Experience Archives

Jason Saunders @ IOC Flickr Party - Yaletown - Vancouver British Columbia IOC Flickr Party - Yaletown - Vancouver British Columbia IOC Flickr Party - Yaletown - Vancouver British Columbia

With major events like the Olympics, the media coverage can be almost as crazy and hectic as the actual event itself. Now that the internet and new media have a key role in the process, Olympic media coverage had a game face change in Vancouver this past year. No longer were just traditional media journalists and photographers showing up to all the events, but also bloggers, new media activists, new school photographers and everyone who had a camera on their phone. Whether it was from the official hashtag of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games (#van2010), to the IOC welcoming the Flickr community of Vancouver with open arms to the lightning flash news service that was Twitter during the month of February, Vancouver revolutionarily changed the way people watched and participated in the Olympic Games.