Last week the CMNSH team took to the streets of NY(!!) for the first CreativeMornings Summit! For the first time, HQ invited all chapter hosts & their team members to join together in Brooklyn for a two-day Summit. From Bogotá to Singapore, we gathered from 30 countries to exchange stories,…
Last Friday, after attending Steve Powers' CreativeMornings/NewYork talk at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, we led a group of participants in the first-ever CreativeMornings Global Summit through downtown Brooklyn to see “A Love Letter to Brooklyn”, which he painted on Macy’s parking garage, at Hoyt & Livingston.
Here are some of the most amazing people in the world! #CMSummit14 buddies visiting Steve Powers walls…
La vidéo de la conférence de Jason Della Rocca est maintenant disponible en ligne. Visionnez-la maintenant!
The latest CreativeMornings/Montréal talk by Jason Della Rocca is now available online. Check it out!
MTLCM Team Profile – Photographer Taran Matharu
By Rebecca West
Creative Mornings Montreal wouldn’t be possible without our team of dedicated volunteers. A large part of our tasks focus not only on producing a great event, but on capturing that experience so that we can share it with a wider audience online. Taran Matharu is one of our talented photographers who contributes to the rich and varied visual content that we create every month.
You seem to split your time between movie animation and photography – how does one creative practice influence the other?
I’ve being doing animation since 1999, professionally since 2002. Certainly throughout the years, animation has been a predominant force in my life. Photography was always there, but more as a casual hobby. In my animation career, my awareness to composition became more apparent over time, and as a consequence I started implementing more of that thought process in my photography. With that basis, character animation and photography work hand in hand, for example I’m more aware of body silhouettes and framing in both animation (such as animating a shot in a movie) and photography. My career transition from game to movie animation in 2010 also definitely sped up my mastery of composition and framing, since I am constantly considering cinematography and body language.
Taran Matharu image from our “Minimal” talk with Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël.
What inspired your move from London seven years ago, and what keeps you here?
I’m originally from a little town near London, called Slough (yes also where the popular Ricky Gervais show “The Office” is based). I moved to the South of England, Bournemouth, for a degree in animation for 3 years. After this, I moved all the way up north near Leeds for my first animation job at a games studio called Team17, famous for creating the “Worms” franchise. I was there for 4-5 years until an agency saw my work from abroad and mentioned an opportunity to work in Montreal for another games studio. I was at a point in my life where I could take this kind of risk, and decided to go for it. Almost instantly I fell in love with the city, the people and the culture here, and ended up taking residency in Canada… and the rest is history. I realised that Montreal is a huge hub for creative talent, so not only was I able to improve my animation credentials, but my photography also exploded. The networking aspects of social media and sharing my work have been huge - learning from others is always influential. There are many animation studios in Montreal, so opportunities here are easy to come by. I’ve been doing a lot of photography work progressively year by year, again through exposure of social media or word-of-mouth. So I’ve also been fortunate in this aspect. Montreal is a land of opportunities for the creative junky!
When did you get involved with Creative Mornings and what inspired you to join?
I first heard of Creative Mornings through my good friend Pierre Antoine, whom I met randomly on a shared road trip to Toronto 5-6 years ago. Our friendship grew and I then had the opportunity to meet Francis Gosselin. Over time, my photography work improved and I was given the chance to be part of this great organization. I guess they liked my work :)
Taran Matharu image from our “Sex” themed Creative Mornings event with Emily Southwood.
Are there any other projects, either professionally or personally that you’re working on at the moment that you’re excited about?
I’m currently working on the feature film Le Petit Prince, directed by Mark Osborne. It’s an English adaptation, while staying very true to the essence of the original books - a new story, with elements of the old. Its shaping up nicely. As for photography, I’ve been doing a lot of portrait work, as well as several weddings. With all this stuff going on, I don’t have much time to do personal projects, but in a sense my professional work is personal also.
Le thème global de #CreativeMornings du mois de septembre est la #COULEUR. On se voit le 26 septembre prochain!
The global #CreativeMornings theme for the month of September is #COLOR or #COLOUR as we say in Canada. See you on September 26th!
Image by/par: Erin Jang (@erinjang)
MTLCM Team Profile – Photographer Max Riché
By Rebecca West
Creative Mornings Montreal wouldn’t be possible without our team of dedicated volunteers. A large part of our tasks focus not only on producing a great event, but on capturing that experience so that we can share it with a wider audience online. Max Riché is one of our talented photographers who contributes to the rich and varied visual content that we create every month. We met with him a few weeks ago to talk about photography, Creative Mornings, entrepreneurship and dividing your life between Paris and Montreal.
Red Bull Morphing campaign by Max Riché, commissioned by Red Bull Media House, Austria, for the launch of redbullphotography.com.
Your first career was as an engineer – what inspired you to make the transition to commercial photography?
It was really a multi-phase process. I had been working as a management consultant in biotechnology, but I had the nagging feeling that I wanted to work in something that was more hands-on. I had been into photography since I was a teenager, but never thought it would be a fulltime job. Then I had an inspiration to get more involved in climate change, around the time of the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Photography seemed like an ideal starting point for a personal project that has since grown into a much larger project – the NGO Climate Heroes.
A former illegal logger in Sumatra, Indonesia, featured on Climate Heroes.
What is Climate Heroes about?
It’s a non-profit multimedia project and educational essay that I founded in 2010. We profile citizens, scientists, media, politicians and entrepreneurs who have elevated consciousness about, mitigated, or understand climate change, and share their stories with an international audience. It started out small, partially as a means for me to travel and develop my photography portfolio. It has since grown into a much larger endeavour, with teams of writers and photographers working together with the end goal of inspiring others to take action. We have partnered with The Global Call for Climate Action, which represents the interests of 450 nonprofits. They help us find our subjects from all over the world and provide an additional online platform for visibility. We always try and portray a more personal human approach to the stories, essentially demonstrating that sometimes all it takes is the determination and hard work of an individual in order to make a difference.
Max Riché image from our Minimal talk with Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël.
How long have you been based in Montreal, and what inspired the move from Paris?
I moved to Montreal last fall because I was ready for a change. Paris can be crowded and stressful, and a bit old-fashioned in their approach to work. I have found Montreal to be very welcoming, I get the feeling that you can take on much more responsibility at a young age here. Your are judged based on the quality of your work primarily, not so much on your how long you have been in the business. So from an entrepreneurial perspective, Montreal is great, there is a nice collaborative atmosphere. Groups of photographers often form to rent a studio together, perhaps share a producer. A group can also offer a wider range of styles and services to potential clients, and provide motivation and inspiration amongst its members. It’s a model I would like to develop more of in Paris.
A Max Riché shot from our Minimal talk with Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël.
How long have you been involved with Creative Mornings and what inspired you to join?
I joined the Creative Mornings Montreal photography team a few months ago because I had heard that it was a great way to meet interesting Montrealers and get involved in an ambitious international organization. In that respect it’s been great, I have met a lot of like-minded young people. It’s also been a lot of fun creatively. For example last month I gave myself the challenge of covering the talk live on our Instagram feed, which was interesting in terms of restraint. Instead of using a fancy camera with all sorts of bells and whistles, I had to work within the limits of a iPhone camera, but still produce good work.
Max Riché, commercial portfolio. Red Bull Skylines at the Grand Palais, Paris.
Are there any other projects that you’re working on at the moment that you’re excited about?
I’m often back and forth between Montreal and Paris, in order to make the most of what each city has to offer. I’ll be starting work on a sports apparel campaign in Montreal in the fall. I’m also working on a big rebrand for Climate Heroes with lots of activity planned for the UN Climate Summit in New York this September, involving a huge campaign with many other NGOs. And or course leaving time for fun personal projects, like some rock climbing shoots later this month.