"I had such a wonderful time in Seoul. Thorsten was more like a mentor than an instructor for the four day workshop, which didn't feel like a workshop but a gathering of new friends. This has been the best X-mas pressie I have brought myself, ever."
"I just read your article on San Francisco and you are right. It is a sad place. Not unlike many other West Coast cities. Even more sad is the gentrification that is taking place there and elsewhere. Land developers and police working together to move the homeless around the city to intentionally run down neighborhoods in order to buy land cheap and redevelop it for future sales and profit when the homeless are moved once again. Sad stuff for sure."
- J. D. (USA)
Roadtrip from Phoenix
Phoenix, USA, August 8, 2014
Somehow we stranded in Phenix airport when US Ariways sold our tickets while we were sitting and waiting for the plane. Instead of dealing with their "customer service" and wait six hours, we rented a Ford Mustang convertible and drove the five hours to LA. Not an exiting trip, but you do get to see some funny things you wouln't see elsewhere.
A David Lynch moment on the way from Phoenix to Los Angeles.
Hollywood gala night
Los Angeles, USA, August 9, 2014
My daughter Caroline, my son Oliver, his wife Brittany, Joy and I attended the 45th anniversary gala of the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood. Celebrity Centre serves as an oasis for the leading voices contributing to society’s well-being through the arts, entertainment, commerce and government.
Guest speakers at the gala were Detroit attorney Allison Folmar, U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Colonel Bob Wolfertz and US DEA Executive Assistant, Robert Hill.
A Life With Leica short documentary- Los Angeles premiere
Los Angeles, USA, August 10, 2014
We premiered the documentary in LA on August 10 at 2:00-4:00 PM. This was a rather exclusive private screening venue in West Hollywood with only 50 spaces and with Joy performing a couple of tracks from her new CD that releases on August 13 in another event. Next showing will be at BH PHoto NY Super Store in New York on September 2.
About 45 people had the opportunity to see the premiere of "A Life With Leica" by Northpass Media in the private viewing room in West Hollywood on August 10.
"I had a great afternoon with you all! Thanks for having me. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you in person finally."
Following the film, filmmaker Reid H. Bangert discussed shooting in Rome, Italy, how he crafts a story, and the future of the series: A Life With Leica. Thorsten von Overgaard answered quiestions and talked about his experience working with Reid, having someone else doing their story and vision from start to finish.
"Thank you so much for the wonderful screening today. I was impressed how good you are as a photographer and Joy Villa always sings amazingly."
Thorsten answering questions after the movie in Hollywood, August 10, 2014
"What a fabulous documentary. I was enthralled throughout. Great job, everyone! Very inspiring."
- V. M. (LA)
Thorsten Von Overgaard is a Danish writer and photographer, specializing in portrait photography and documentary photography, known for writings about photography and as an educator.
Reid H Bangert is an American Producer and Director born and raised in Southeast Iowa and educated in Midcoast Maine. Through his studies in journalism and film he has centered his craft on Documentary, Lifestyle and Narrative Filmmaking on both an independent and commercial level. Reid believes in a life lived through experiences and not by expectations. In essence, he holds strong value in a constant exploration of his surrounding environments and the people in them as well as sharing and telling their stories.
“I’ve always found immense satisfaction by sharing stories with friends and strangers, it is real and tangible, that old school way of communicating, the foundation of what relationships are built on and how they are maintained. I’m incredibly fortunate to have a career where I not only have the opportunity to create stories and play make believe, but to share important aspects of life and humanity with a larger audience.”
It is through these experiences where Reid garners his inspiration. Whether it is meeting fellow riders on a cross-country motorcycle trip, catching up with old friends by a campfire, or discovering new music, these experiences create what Reid calls: “Moments, or bits of surrealistic euphoria … That, in my opinion, is where kernels of ideas come from.”
"I was so happy to be one of the special guests in attendance at Thorsten von Overgaard's documentary “A Life With Leica” today, produced by Northpass Media and complimented by the moving music of Joy Villa - very inspiring as an artist and for my work as an Entrepreneur truly."
- R. S. (LA)
"You were exactly as I imagined. I appreciate so much your straightforward point of view."
We originally met at a gala in Hollywoodin 2011. We made contact, but it wasn't till a year later, on August 10, 2012 that we met in New York and I decided to kidnap Joy. Today we were back in Hollywood, exactly two years later, and in the exact same spot. As usual we plastered the calendar with events. Filming of Joy, picking up stuff, concerts, photographing a couple of assignments and all over the few days we have here. I think that's how we like it. We did have time for a romantic moment over breakfast though, overlooking the Capitol Records building on one side and the Hollywood sign on the other.
A breif romantic anniversary-moment at breakfast, overlooking the Hollywood sign and Capitol Records.
"I wanted to personally thank you. I've been reading your M9 pages, It's changed the way I use the camera, and since I'm relatively new to using Leica it's an easy change. DNG+JPEG with B&W jpegs is great! I use a whibal card and, it's intuitive to use and makes for better pictures (although I forgot to rebalance the other night and got lots of green skies!). I also like using only 2 ISO settings 200 and 800, it's much easier to think about.
You've inspired me to shoot open as much as possible. I'm enjoying it and making some great IMHO photos. Your unsolicited input via your leica pages has helped me tremendously!!!."
- L. D. (USA)
Joy Villa performs in Los Angeles
Ham & Eggs, Los Angeles, USA, August 13 at 7:30 PM, 2014
The official release party of the Joy Villa CD. Ham & Eggs Tavern, 433 West 8th Street Los Angeles, CA 90015 on Wednesday, August 13th at 7:30pm
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"Hello Thorsten, love to read your Leica article on your website. Went onto your website and was reading your M240 article. Anyway I ordered the M-P an hour ago. Should get it by the end of the week."
- S. L. (Germany)
Working on articles and the new Overgaard Extension course
Hollywood, USA, August 14-24, 2014
We were just hanging out in our secret place in LA to get some rest, write and edit, and photograph. As usual when we relax, after 10 minutes we find something to do and end up being busy.
The garden 8AM at The Manor Hotel (Chateau Elysee) in Hollywood. This or the balcony is my office in the morning. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.
We basically work on one or another project from early morning till late night. Here's Joy with the computer trying to go early to bed (never going to happen).
Preparing producer and out-of-this-world-person Sonia Hines for a photo shoot
Joy with her impressive morning fruit platter that kept getting bigger and bigger the longer westayed. Her idea of relaxing was having fruit and coffee for breakfast, then go to the gym in the basement and hammer it for an hour. Leica M240 with Leica 21mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4.
Another day in the office. Some of my new friends playing arund with Joy's and my LEGO iPhone covers. The covers are from smallworks.com and the LEGO on them is real LEGO from the 1970's.
"Hello, Thorsten, I just wanted to let you know how much your website means to Leica users like myself. I have learned a lot over the past year or so and cannot imagine how better to enhance my Leica experience. Thank you for all of your hard work! Also, there are a lot of Leica users in the Southeast U.S. that would dearly love to attend one of your workshops."
- D. G. (Atlanta)
Another toy store, or perhaps more accurate an art gallery for shoes. The Christian Louboutin store in West Hollywood where we fell in love with these heels, "Bille et Boule" (which is both a play on words for balls in French, and a French comic of a similar name).They fell in love with the Leica's, so maybe something more than just this photo will come out of it when we return in December.
Film night in the garden of our hotel. People from around town and the neighbourhood, and the hotel of course, meet in the garden and watch on the big screen with popcorn, coffee and M&Ms.
Reid H. Bangert having late night dinner with my kids, Joy and me. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctliux-M ASPH f/0.95.
Joy had a video team filming her in LA, and here is one of the videographers with my Leica when we had a shootout. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.
Joy Villa and Thorsten Overgaard, one of the photos he made with the Leica.
"Yours is one of the best and complete reviews I've read of Leica. The completeness of coverage is unmatched. Thank you for the time and effort. I have been shooting Leica's more than 35 years as a photojournalist in Washington DC so I have read a number of reviews over time."
- S. Z. (Washington DC)
Joy Villa on a location for a video shoot in downtown LA at sunset where the colors got really intersting. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.
Photo shoot with Lulu Anderson. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0
Back in Florida
Clearwater, August 25-27, 2014
Working on the airplane from Denver to Tampe. Cosy and effective. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M APSH f/2.0
New York, USA, August 28 - September 5, 2014
I premiered the documentary "A Life With Leica" at BH Photo in their NY Super Store. Here are some of the photos from New York during the days. Enjoy!
Visiting the dog park, photo by Thorsten Overgaard.
"The American Dream" by Thorsten Overgaard.
JJ Hat Center on 5th Avenue. Photo by Thorsten Overgaard.
Simone by Thorsten Overgaard.
Thorsten Overgaard photographed by Bob Anderson
Joy and Thorsten in the streets of New York. Photo by Jeff Jacques
Joy Villa on Ginger TV New York talkshow
New York, August 2014.
Joy Villa talked and performed live at the GingerTV New York talkshow. Here is the video from the show:
– Thorsten Overgaard
Above: Laying around photographing. Los Angeles, 2014, Photo by SMP.
Thorsten von Overgaard is a Danish writer and photographer, specializing in portrait photography and documentary photography, known for writings about photography and as an educator.
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