08
Nov

MiiR / ODW Event and Photography Show

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Events

For those of you who attended the MiiR / ODW event this past summer, and had the time of your life, you can now relive every moment through pictures, and watch the documentary Beyond the Bottle which we screened that night.  It’s all right here in this post.  If you weren’t able to attend, you can still look too… just don’t expect to find yourself in the pictures.   If you didn’t attend and are really mad at yourself for missing it, ROAD TRIP!  We are doing it again this coming Saturday, November 12, in good ol’ Boise, Idaho.  Here are the event details and location.

I will be showing my Liberia prints again, as well as doing a silent auction.  The goal is to raise money and awareness for the ODW Horn of Africa Relief Fund.  There will be food, drinks, beats by DJ Domestic, and a screening of the documentary Beyond The Bottle, which I recommend watching if you want to find out more about the clean water crisis.  Hope to see you there.

The following event photos are by my good friends Gabe and Ashley Rodriguez, who are living legends and one of Seattle’s top power couples.  A very big thank you goes out to them for documenting this incredible night. Check out Ashley’s recipe and photography blog Not Without Salt, and Gabe’s photography site GabrielBoone.

John Keatley and Ian Goode.

25
Jul

Photography Show and Film Screening

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Events

If you are going to be in or around Seattle this Friday, July 29th, I hope you will make plans to come to the opening of my Liberia photography show at the EVO gallery.  Doors open at 8:30pm, and MiiR Bottles will be screening the documentary film ‘Beyond the Bottle‘ for the first time at 9:30pm.  The address is 122 NW 36th St, Seattle, WA 98107.

There is a suggested $5 donation at the door and all donations will go to our partner One Day’s Wages to provide clean water for those who need it most.

Drinks will be provided by Redhook Brewery and House Wine, as well as beats by DJ Domestic.

It’s going to be a great party, and I hope to see many of you there.  Here is the official invite / registration page.  While registering is helpful for making preperations, it is worth noting, you do not have to register to attend.  So if you decide at the last minute to come, no problem.  See you soon!

02
May

John Keatley – MiiR Ad Campaign

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Ad Campaign

MiiR ad campaign by photographer John Keatley.

MiiR ad campaign by photographer John Keatley.

MiiR ad campaign by photographer John Keatley.

This is the first look at a campaign I have been working on for MiiR Bottles over the past several months.  These ads will be both online and in print.  Soon to follow will be the debut of my first commercial as a director, which will be equally clever and funny.  As simple as a water bottle sounds, there are so many great ideas to work with because there are a lot of water bottles on the market that are difficult to use.  I think this comes across pretty clear in these ads.

I would like to say thank you to Bryan Papé of MiiR who is always so supportive and trusting of my vision.  And thank you, also, to Ian Goode of Gigantic Squid for making the waterbeard magic and going the extra 100 miles to make these turn out as good as they did.

If you were wondering, this is the campaign I hinted at last month when I posted an image from one of the water capture shoots.

18
Jan

Liberia Contest

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Contest

I give up.  Jet lag doesn’t usually get the best of me, but here I am wide awake at 2:30 in the morning.  Actually being awake at 2:30 am isn’t that big of a deal for me, but the problem this time is I just woke up after sleeping for the past 8 hours.  I have a feeling getting back into a Pacific Time rhythm is going to be difficult.
I just realized, many of you probably have no idea what I am talking about.  I suppose if you haven’t been on my Twitter feed or Facebook Page you may be out of the loop.  Yesterday, I ended a 10 day trip to Liberia with 32 straight hours of traveling.   It’s good to be home to say the least.  I had an amazing time, met some wonderful people and saw a part of the world I had never been to before.  It was quite a learning experience, and I want to thank MiiR Bottles for working with me on this project.  I will have a lot more to say and show in the weeks and months to come, but that is not why I am writing now.

Before I left for Liberia, I started a fun contest on Twitter and I want to extend it to everyone who reads my blog as well.  It’s very simple.  Guess how many pictures I took in Liberia. The person with the closest guess will receive a free print from my trip.   One guess per person, and I will only accept guesses left as a comment on this blog post, on Twitter (@johnkeatley) or on my Facebook Page.  I am looking for the total number of shots.  I shot for 6 1/2 days, and I used my Canon 5D Mark II and Hasselblad H3DII.  I will stop taking guesses on the 21st of January at noon PST.  If the winner Likes this post on Facebook and or guesses the EXACT number correctly there will be a bonus prize.  Good luck!  Start posting your guesses.

19
Sep

It’s My Birthday

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under News

I recently shot an ad campaign for a new water bottle company called MiiR.  The images turned out pretty amazing, but you are going to have to wait a little longer to see them.  I know, what a tease.  That’s not the reason I am writing today, though.  Besides making awesome bottles, one of the great things about MiiR is the one-for-one business model they work under.  Every bottle sold gives one person in a developing nation clean drinking water for one year.  This is done through an organization called Charity: Water.  Through working on this ad campaign, I have learned a lot about Charity: Water and the work they are doing to provide clean water to people in need by drilling sustainable wells.  The video above does a great job painting a picture of what is being done and what still needs to be done.  That being said, I decided to join the Charity: Water September Campaign, and give up my birthday.  In just a few days I will be turning 30, and rather than asking for gifts, I am asking people to donate $30 toward the goal of $5,000 which will provide a well for an entire village.  I know you were probably not going to get me anything for my birthday, but I just felt I should take advantage of the small platform this blog provides me to ask you to donate if you feel inclined.  Although the campaign says to donate $30, any amount would be amazing.  $1, $2, $5, whatever.  It’s hard to make a difference as one person, but if each reader this week gave just a few dollars, we would be funding a well, and then some.  To make a donation and contribute toward building a well, you can go to this link, John Keatley’s 30th Birthday Campaign.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.  It is something that has been on my mind lately, and I hope it resonates with some of you too.

I should also mention that 100% of donations go directly toward water projects.  Administrative costs are separately fund raised by Charity: Water.  They are a very transparent organization, and you can find out a ton more by visiting their website www.charitywater.org.