It’s funny how things work out sometimes. No matter how prepared or un prepared we are in life we can’t predict the future or guarantee that things are going to end up the way we want them to. Sometimes you just have to be in the right spot at the right time. Although this may all sound cliché there is something I would like to add to this. It’s a quote Jon Gruden (Monday Night Football announcer and former Super Bowl winning Head coach) stole from a Mid – 1st century Roman philosopher, “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”. Ever since hearing the quote it has stuck with me. There is no such thing as luck. Take for example the lottery, sure millions of people play and it’s totally random who ends up with the winning number but if we don’t take the initiative (preparation) to buy a ticket and check the numbers, we aren’t going to be magically slapped in the face with a big wad of cash like most of us hope. I believe the only way for us to fully prepare ourselves for our opportunity is to be passionate and believe in the work we are doing. I stumbled upon this Chase Jarvis guy a couple of weeks ago by accident or maybe it wasn’t an accident now that I think of it. If you know about Chase you know he is a very passionate dude, he has made it his life’s goal to be as creative as possible towards anything he endeavours. Chase is a bold, unique, confident, and genuine innovator. He believes deeply in team work, community, and collaboration. Chase has won a slew full of awards becoming a ten-year overnight success and the youngest person to ever win the Hasselblad Masters Award which is one of the most distinguished awards in the industry. He is best known as a photographic master but this guy pretty much does it all. Photo District News Magazine named Chase as one of the top 30 photographers of the past decade. What makes Chase so remarkable is that he is self-taught and has learned everything he knows through experimentation and independent study. Chase has been told no many times and many people believe he came out of no where and that all of his success kind of just happened. Those people obviously haven’t heard the Jon Gruden quote. Chase isn’t afraid to be different. He takes pride in being disruptive as he is constantly challenging himself artistically to come up with new ideas that push the status quo. He is known for a kinetic style of photography with a preeminence on lifestyle and sports aswell as landscape imagery.
Check out more of his awesome photos at ChaseJarvis.com. Early on in his career Chase received winning recognition at select film festivals while flirting with filmmaking, producing and directing. In 2008 Chase was actually the only artist in the world to have access to the worlds first HDdSLR when he launched it for Nikon. With this new technology his career erupted as a new “indie” Director and Producer of commercials, short films and music videos. He has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world like Apple, Nike, Starbucks, Subaru, Red Bull, Volvo, Polaroid, Honda, Microsoft and Columbia Sportswear just to name a few. He’s also worked with multi-platinum music artists Sarah Mclachlan and members of Pearl-Jam. Jarvis loves to share his knowledge with the world and truly believes the more you give the more you get. He is also the author of three books Seattle 100 Portrait of a City, Stevens Pass (limited edition) only 2500 copies were made and in 2009 The Best Camera Is The One Thats With You. The book is part of an ecosystem and is combined with an online web-site and iPhone app. The iPhone app “Best Camera” was revolutionary and ultimately reformed the paradigm of the photo app world by allowing users to creatively edit pictures with filters and easily send the images via social media right within the interface of the app. As if this guy hasn’t done enough already in 2010 Chase created one of the worlds fastest growing online educations, CreativeLIVE.com. He is a popular presenter and Keynote speaker and has spoken on 5 continents. Chase has spoken for Fortune 500 companies, top universities and even presented at the renowned TEDx conferences. Currently Jarvis and his team are airing a series over the internet called ChaseJarvisLIVE. The purpose of the show is to have a question and answer style interview with other professional photographers, art directors, authors, and producers to spread their knowledge to the world, which is how I came across him. Here is the first episode I ever watched. I knew nothing about Chase and was interested in the people he was interviewing but could immediately tell that this guy is a BOSS! Jarvis believes one of the key traits to success in this industry is vision, how do we see the world? Chase is a very intelligent and interesting person and is quickly becoming someone I look forward to following and learning from as I prepare myself for my opportunity.