Kike Calvo Fotografía

domingo, 25 de noviembre de 2012

Click! Click! Click! United Nations Office for Project Services

The United Nations Office for Project Services in Nicaragua includes one of my photographs in their website.

Unforgettable Sperm Whale Encounter

As you all know, I have spent hundreds of hours underwater in oceans around the world, documenting the sea and its beauty. Among these creatures, marine mammals have a special spot in my heart. I just came across this amazing video, and decided to share it. Its well worth the 1.46 min that it lasts.

I had the opportunity to photograph sperm whales  in the Acores Islands in Portugal, way back in time. The video I am sharing was made by underwater cameraman Howard Hall, and it shows a breathtaking encounter of two divers with a sperm whale in Dominica. The beautiful music was made by Shie Rozow.

When it comes to bringing my photography gear on boats, I like to bring Pelican cases, such as the Pelican 1650 , if I am seeking impact resistant hardcases. Lowepro also makes fully waterproof backpacks, which they have joined me on ocean expeditions and even river trips on the jungle and the Amazon Basin. The Lowepro DryZone 200 Backpack is a great example of water proof protection and comfort, specially if you need to walk around carrying your own gear.


jueves, 22 de noviembre de 2012

COOL GADGETS: RODE Stereo VideoMic for DSLR Cameras

Recording audio when filming with a DSLR camera is not an easy task. But having the right equipment is essential. I have enclosed a video that talks about Rode VideoMics, which I find of excellent quality. I particularly use the Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone.

Easy ways to improve your wedding photographs

Often I get emails asking about ways of improving our wedding photographs. I have decided to share this interesting video that explain,s not only some things we can photograph to make more powerful stories, but also, some photography gadgets like a Snoot, to create a precise beam of light. Among my list of light gadgets, I always make sure to include some Lumiquest Softboxes and California Sunbounce Reflectors.

Those interested in producing your own wedding books or photography books, you can take advantage of this Black Friday special: 25% off Blurb Books | Code: HOLIDAYTHANKS | Offer expires 11/26/12 . If you get to see this post after that date, you can still benefit from a discount just for visiting my blog. Click on the banner below to get your 15% discount on Blurb Books.

miércoles, 21 de noviembre de 2012

COOL GIFTS: Kike Calvo prints from the National Geographic Art Store

Many of you have asked in the past about buying prints from my images within the National Geographic Collection. From now on, those of you living in the United States and Canada, will be able to buy online: Mounted Prints, Framed Prints or Canvas Art cof my images. New images will be added constantly to this new option. Remember you can always buy my images on products at and my online store.

COOL GADGETS: Joby Gorillapod

The Joby Gorillapod wraps around nearly anything and grips onto nearly any surface. A great option when you don´t want to carry a tripod.

COOL GADGETS: Lens Baby Creative Effects System


Today I got an email from Radha. I met Radha on one of my National Geographic Expeditions. For no reason, just for the sake of making me happy, and knowing I had a passion for vintage cameras, she surprised me. I still remember my joy with a big smile on my face. Several times in a row, she made my day by shipping a box that contained a vintage camera. I had no idea she was doing it. Today, on my email, I got a message from her that included the following video made by Louise Schwartber. I think you should all watch this video. I think we should all look at the sky. We should really look at the sky...

sábado, 17 de noviembre de 2012

¨I hope that the essence of my photographic work will last.¨-- Kike Calvo

Last week I had the opportunity to listen to Leo Rubinfien´s words at the School of Art at Yale University. Beyond the aesthetic emotions, I was captivated by an idea he developed on, regarding the lonelyness of the artist´s career. The feeling of producing art, yet being alone most of the creative way.

This morning I was asked what will I like in connection to my work. After thinking about this matter, while editing my work in the Guna Yala Archipielago for the AECID (Agencia Española de Cooperación y Desarrollo), I can honestly say that this is my wish:

¨ I hope that the essence of my photographic work will last among the framework of all the great photographs take in history.¨ -- Kike Calvo

¨Espero que la esencia de mis fotografías perdure dentro del marco 
de las grandes fotografías de la historia¨. -- Kike Calvo

Panama: Bilinguismo en Guna Yala (Archipiélago de San Blas)

Los kunas o gunasa, son un pueblo amerindio localizado en Panamá y Colombia. Su idioma hace parte de la familia lingüística chibcha. En lengua kuna, se autodenominan como dule (Se pronuncia Tule) que significa "persona". En este video, entrevista a una mujer indígena guna sobre el programa bilingue que la Agencia de Cooperación Española (AECID) ha estado apoyando en Panamá.

Al final, la mujer me explica cómo se dicen ciertas palabras en su idioma, incluyendo mi frase favorita, ¨Nunca dejeis de soñar¨. Los Gunadule (anteriormente kunas) viven mayormente en el noreste de Panamá en un vasto rosario de aldeas asentadas en alrededor de 360 islas y arrecifes. La lengua Kuna es una lengua indígena de la familia Chibcha cuenta entre 50,000 a 70,000 hablantes. El nombre de la lengua en Kuna es Dulegaya, lo que significa "lengua del pueblo Guna (Kuna)".

No dejeis de visitar mi galería de regalos con temáticas de Panamá, para sorprender con una camiseta, una taza o un mouse pad.

lunes, 12 de noviembre de 2012

FES Alumni Reunion 2012

Some moments of the Forestry and Environmental Studies Alumni Reunion.
Yale University

domingo, 11 de noviembre de 2012

Photography is as the eye on the Buddha's palm

 A silver-surfaced copper sheet prior to exposure in Photograph results in the formation of a layer of photo-sensitive silver halide, and exposure to a scene or image through a lens formed a latent image. The latent image was made visible, or "developed", by subjecting the exposed plate to the fumes rising from a quantity of heated mercury.

I met Indrani Krishnan-Lukomski at my recent Master´s Tea at Yale. I was delighted with her curiosity and interest in anthropology. She grew up in Singapore, and witnessed the south-east Asian culture in a city-state where 76% of the population is of Chinese descent. 

Her interest in anthropology is a result of experiencing Singapore's difficult cultural transition into globalization. Thanks to the Yale's Richard U.Light Fellowship, she participated in the Duke Study in China session with Beijing's University of International Business and Economics.

 I will  to share with you some of her photographic adventures in China. But before, for those interested in the East, take a minute to explore the blog of Spanish photographer Nano Calvo and his recent photographic expedition to Japan.  And yes, you guessed right. We are related. I do know him since he was very young, since I was very young. As young as I my memory can remember. 

By Indrani Krishnan-Lukomski 

The South Korean photographer Atta Kim compared this process to Heidegger's Geworfenheit, Throwness.   The metaphor between Geworfenheit and Photography introduces the latter as a fifth sense, the conscious eye. 

The term plays with the concepts of Being and Time and works around the interactions of the subject with its surroundings (instinctual reactions and interpretations). Heidegger's monistic view of the world introduces everything as in existence, only unnoticed.This touches photography in its power to reveal the unremarked.

I chose photography to embrace my project because I profoundly see in it a gateway to Existential realisation.  I spent my last weekend pouring over the photographic archives of Beijing's 798 Art District and was inspired by the words of many artists whose process resonated with that of which I am in search.

Photography became for me a straightforward path to social awareness. In our modernised, urbanised, globalised and always moving never stopping world, human relationships can be pushed to an insignificant portion of our lives, leading us to an individualistic understanding of existence. 

I believe the issue at stake resides in this "always moving never stopping" that defines contemporary societies. Taking a walk around Singapore's National History Museum, there it has quite a relevant Movie introducing the capital as a 24/7 human industry.  

In such circumstances it is hard to take a step back, it is hard to detach ourselves from our actions and take a moment to understand the stands we unconsciously take.  Perspective is what we often miss, and in every sense of the term, perspective is what I found through my camera. 

Photography, existential questioning, social awareness, and perspective... a base ground study for anthropology.

Many of the photographers I discovered in Beijing’s Art District compared their camera to a supplementary sense. Art is this field of uncertainty and subjectivity.  I believe every Art has a purpose, underlying or straight in your face.  Rimbaud’s Letter to Paul Demeny, know as “The Visionary,” and very inspiring in this way since he talks of art as an eye-opening guide: “We owe a duty to Society, you belong to the teaching profession. I say that one must be a seer. So the poet is truly the thief of fire.”

Photography, when life such as a treadmill flies beneath you, or over you, is that stop in time like a deep in-breath. Photography is Pascal's eternal present, where the past and future resound in an immortalised present. I wondered, on a racing passenger bike as Ping Yao, Da Tong's street scenes blew past me what photography exactly meant to me, as a traveller. And it all came down to remembering time and capturing, grasping the power of a second. You travel and discover every second something completely new, unforseen. Travelling is the constand reminder that we are only travelling through. It is intruding another's life for some time and understanding with in the back of your mind the reality of the ticket that sooner or later will bring you back "home."

That day as I thought we passed a small winding street lined with grey bricks with a child kneeled at its center playing with the earth. The moment was gone before I knew it but somehow I had had the time to take a snapshot. To live eternally in every second of your life, to live in every street you pass. It could just well be. For what if I stopped here and rested a while? But we are always running. Somehow through every snapshot that milisecond is turned to gold, not frozen in time but endless in time, enabling you to persist in that memory, without living in the past but rather in an unlimited present, and to explore in depth every fold of it. 

In the last paragraphs I speak of memory and our predilection to forgetfulness. The reason why photography has become so important in my personal process and in my interaction with the world would because of how unbearable this truth seems to me. When evey moment every instance of your spinning life is full of meaning and weight, as it creates the thread of your history and thus as your experiences create you, it seems unbearable to forget what makes you who you are. Very edgy and wordy explanantion, but we'll pass my poor writing. 

I was walking in some Hutongs and conversing with one of the inhabitatns when he asked me to take a photograph of his street. My camera is digital, very useful to connect with people, so I showed him the snapshot of his home. It was very moving to see the happiness looking at that picture gave him and to see the true gratefulness in his eyes as he thanked me. He even went into his room to take out a pet turtle and asked me to go on taking pictures of the two of them. This man never asked me to send him the photos, it was never his intention to ask for them, even after proposing. But I think I understood that little mattered apart the happy reminder that somewhere in the world there was that memory, his reality immortalized. With Hutongs being destroyed by the day in Beijing, people's homes for generations being pulled apart there was that hope that the little Hutong south west of the Imperial City, where he lived with his turtle would remain in some memory, in some other dimension. Maybe it is just me, but anyways that's the interpretation I chose and its precious signification has stuck with me. 

I would strongly encourage you to check out Feng Jian Guo's work, concentrated on the destruction of Hutongs, giving a voice to what is disappearing. 

sábado, 10 de noviembre de 2012

TEDxSanJoaquin: National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths

Annie Griffiths takes the viewers on a journey from her beginnings, as one of the first women photographers at National Geographic, to her creation of a non-profit dedicated to empowering women and girls in the developing world.

Lindblad National Geographic Expedition: Costa Rica & The Panama Canal

Costa Rica & the Panama Canal: 

Sail the historic Panama Canal, snorkel an undersea paradise, and explore the verdant rain forests of Costa Rica on this coastal expedition.

Monteverde + Costa Rica & the Panama:  Itinerary
Add an inland exploration of the Monteverde cloud forest to your coastal Panama Canal & Costa Rica expedition—free on select 2013 departures.*
Panama to Costa Rica + Monteverde, Arenal
 Volcano & Sarapiqui
 (15 Days) | 
Panama & Costa Rica in-depth—see cloud forests and a smoldering volcano. Sail the Canal, explore among coastal islands, and enter the heart of the rain forest.

National Geographic aboard: top photographers & special guest speakers

Get timely photo tips from National Geographic photographers Michael Melford and Kike Calvo, and discover another layer of expedition insight from National Geographic's Rob Hernandez and Christopher P. Baker.

Discovering the Higgs through Physics, Dance and Photography

I am pleased to inform, that The Arts Council of Greater New Haven has chosen our project ¨Discovering the Higgs through Physics, Dance and Photography¨, as one of the seven chosen to receive funding as part of Reintegrate: Enhancing Collaborations in the Arts & Sciences.

The Project´s team is formed by Sarah Demers (Physics - Assistant professor, Physics Department at Yale University ), Emily Coates (Dance . Director of the dance studies curriculum at Yale University) and Kike Calvo (Photography).

The recent discovery of a particle that is consistent with the Higgs boson has resulted in considerable interest among the general public. The last of the predicted particles within the standard model of particle physics, the Higgs is the mechanism responsible for the mass of subatomic particles.

Our Reintegrate project will translate the details of the Higgs boson discovery into a series of precisely choreographed visual images. By translating potentially the greatest breakthrough in particle physics in the 21st century through the intersecting artistic mediums of photography and dance, we will investigate the problem and benefits of communication across three disciplines that weigh heavily toward the non-verbal articulation of ideas.

The Team:

Sarah Demers (Physics) is a particle physicist and an assistant professor in the Physics Department at Yale University. As a member of the International ATLAS Collaboration, she uses data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland in her research on elementary particles and the forces that govern their interactions. Professor Demers received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. She is on the executive committee of the users organization that represents the 1000+ American physicists whose research is based at CERN. In 2011 she received an Early Career Award from the Department of Energy for her work at ATLAS.

Emily Coates (Dance) has directed the dance studies curriculum at Yale University since its inception in 2006. From 2006 to 2012, she also served as the artistic director of the World Performance Project at Yale, a performance research initiative established to draw artists and scholars into dialogue. A dancer, choreographer, writer, and researcher, her work assumes a variety of formats, often through interdisciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration.

Kike Calvo (Photography) is an award-winning photographer, bilingual journalist and author, represented by National Geographic Stock. A National Geographic Expert with an emphasis in Latin America, he specializes in environmental and cultural documentary. His editorial and personal work have been exhibited and collected internationally. A freelancer for the New York Times, with a strong interdisciplinary background in Economics, International Affairs and Environment, Kike continues his education by teaching photography at workshops, seminars and lectures around the world.

To learn more about the Higgs:

¨God particle¨Found?  "Historic Milestone" From Higgs Boson Hunters

Discovery News: Particle ´consistent´with Higgs Boson Discovered

jueves, 1 de noviembre de 2012

Halloween 2012: New York darkest night after Hurricane Sandy

After documenting Hurricane Sandy in New York for two days, I decided to head to downtown Manhattan and capture the night of Halloween 2012, a night where the only lights available bellow 23rd Street came from flashlights, cars and a few generators. My apologies for the editing, but its been some crazy days here.