Archive for December, 2008

The Toilet of Irony

Posted in Uncategorized on December 29, 2008 by martinprihoda

A man runs out of toilet paper in a bathroom constructed of toilet paper rolls…
There’s inevitably going to be down time in your life as a working artist. Down time is actually a real blessing in disguise; its an opportunity to push your envelope without fear of reprisal from clients.
Its also a great chance to hook up with some young up and coming agency creatives and produce some spec ideas with them. If they love what you’ve done, there’s a fighting chance on their next job you could be on their list of bidding photographers.
A lot of my favorite work and a good chunk of the work that has got me hired, is the stuff i did on my own in ‘down time.’ 


RYU shoot

Posted in Uncategorized on December 29, 2008 by martinprihoda

Just before Christmas I shot Transmission’s new MMA clothing line called ‘RYU’. It was a fairly simple shoot and we based the look of it on my Yoga Fight Club series which they really liked. We shot with a trained fighter named Darcy and it was a lot of fun, he was a total pro. Stylistically, it was similar to the way I’ve been shooting lately, with dramatic rim lighting but this time round we used a bare head and reflector from a high key position as opposed to a beauty dish or soft box. 

The site has launched, check it out at 
also, I’m going to be signing with Transmission and they’ll rep me as a commercial photographer and director, so I’m looking forward to a bunch of cool projects with these guys in the near future.

Melissa Leo – Best actress nominee, Critics choice awards

Posted in Uncategorized on December 27, 2008 by martinprihoda

Melissa stars in “Frozen River” which won best film at the Sundance Film Festival. We spent a few hours on some editorial photography and it was great getting to know this accomplished actress.

Raw Canvas

Posted in Uncategorized on December 14, 2008 by martinprihoda

For the best coffee in town check out Raw Canvas on Hamilton street (1046) in Yaletown. Run by my awesome friends Steve Merkley (pictured), Paige Faraci and Colby Spencer, this place is amazing. Not only can you get a great Americano but you can purchase a canvas and paint your heart out in the back. Its got a great atmosphere, hip furniture and they’re working on their liquor license. 

If i’m not back from India by the summer, I’m gonna have my birthday there.

Dinner with Joe

Posted in Uncategorized on December 5, 2008 by martinprihoda

I had the distinct pleasure of talking shop over dinner and a few glasses of Liberty School cabernet sav with photo legend, Joe McNally. We hit up Chill Winston’s in historic Gastown and talked about the state of the industry and what it takes to make it these days. Joe’s got a wealth of experience and though we didn’t discuss anything too technical it was great to hear his philosophies on life and photography. 

We both agreed, being people shooters, that the essence of a good photograph rests not so much in anything overtly technical but rather in finding and maintaining an emotional connection with our subjects. I love to photograph people and I have found that by far, my best work has come when I’ve made an emotional connection with my subject; whether it be through humor, reminiscing about past experiences, fantasizing about the future or silent present moment awareness.
You have to be in love with your subject I think, in some way. You have to love who they are, what they’ve done and most importantly you have to search for yourself in that person. You can never be detached.
Thanks for a great one on one Joe, it was indeed a pleasure!

new work this fall

Posted in Uncategorized on December 5, 2008 by martinprihoda

Its been a crazy fall and I’ve had a total blast. here’s a quick blitz…click on the links to get more indepth coverage.

The summer ended with another amazing, eye opening, spiritually re-vitalizing, trip down to Burning Man, and though the dust was horrendous and I didn’t shoot as much as I wanted (I did bring a gennie and strobes down), I did manage to get a shot of my beautiful fiance in the desert. I love the juxtaposition of the harsh desert setting, the cracked dry earth and the softness of Tonia’s body. This was all natural lighting and definitely one of my favorite shots.

In september I held my first Big Lights Far Away workshops and it was such a great experience for everyone involved. Click here to read more!
After that it was down to LA for some sun and shooting. I teamed up with my tribe from the Self Centered Tour and we shot some editorial as well shot for Malik’s new album (in stores soon) and also for the great and eccentric surfer and raw organic Chef of the People, Nathan Donahoe.

My friend Vanessa Fors has a cool fashion blog/site, we shot for it earlier this fall. Check out some photos here
Check out my buddy Jesse’s band Scatterheart.
I photographed them for an upcoming album, see photos here
After that it was New York with my buddies Wade Morrisette and Corwin (Red Wagon management). This was a fun trip and involved alot of me shooting from the hip, literally. 
and so now here comes christmas, I’m looking forward to spending time with family and friends and drafting up some New years intention…I’m sure I’ll write about them soon, lol.

Calming the monkey mind

Posted in Uncategorized on December 5, 2008 by martinprihoda

A wise one once said: “The mind is like a drunken monkey stung by a bee…”

I couldn’t agree more. I sometimes find it so tedious and difficult to focus on one thing. My mind jumps around at the slightest distraction, overreacting, judgmental, worried and anxious. 
I took this photo of Max to describe what we all go through sometimes. But you see that dude in the middle? The one who’s just sitting there, calmly, peacefully? He’s the one who saves my ass…
If it wasn’t for a meditation and yoga practice I think I would have gone insane years ago. We can learn to calm the monkey mind through the practice of meditation, which is really just learning ‘present moment’ awareness. A good place to start is with the breath; close your eyes and just focus on the in and out points of your breath.
Its amazing what starts to happen; the calming of the mind, the breaking of the incessant streams of thought can yield an emptiness from which true creativity can arise. I definitely credit my meditation practice with the success I’ve had in photography.
20 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes before bed. Try it. Its free.