Friday, March 18, 2011

Flow Bindings in Zugspitz Arena, Austria

This is a video report I created to promote Flow bindings and boots for Surf Shop in Zagreb, Croatia. I am snowboarding in the Zugspitz Arena in Austria.

Friday, May 21, 2010

75 Kilometer Stand up Paddle in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dear Friends...As many of you know, on June 26, 2010 I will be crossing the Adriatic Sea, 130 kilometers, from Venice, Italy to Pula Croatia. I am raising 50,000 Euros towards the purchase of a PET/CT scanner for the city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Yesterday I paddled 75 kilometers in 13 hours! I am getting very strong and am certain of success. Please visit www.LibertasFoundation.org to DONATE to my cause. I have devoted three months of my life towards training for this event. I hope that you can support by donating any amount. Credit Cards work great! Please feel free to repost this....Enjoy the video!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Branimir Kvartuc is Stand Up Paddle Boarding across the Adriatic Sea to raise 50,000 Euros for medical equipment for Dubrovnik, Croatia



Croatia's VRIME Magazine published the following story about Branimir's Stand Up Paddle adventure across the Adriatic Sea:


This is the translated English version. Original Croatian version below:


By Ivana Reljic

If you have not heard of the new sport Stand Up Paddle Boarding, you will see it in Dalmacia this summer. Simply said, it is rowing while standing on a board similar to surfing. The promoter of the new sport on the Adriatic Sea, professional photographer, Branimir Kvartuc with Croatian-American roots has been paddling all summer in Dubrovnik waters. Tourists and locals watched in amazement as he made his way around the historic walled city and around the island of Lokrum. This summer, Branimir intends to expand his horizons on the sea: in late June he will paddle across the Adriatic 85 miles (150 km) from Venice, Italy to Pula, Croatia for a Humanitarian cause.


"After beating cancer and going through chemotherapy treatment this winter, I wanted to give myself a task which would confirm that, 'what does not kill you makes you stronger,'" he said. "I want to prove to myself that nothing can slow me down! My adventure will be of a humanitarian nature. I want to thank this country and my countrymen who helped me in my healing and recovery."


"I want to use this adventure to raise money for the purchase of a PET/CT scanner for Dubrovnik. While I was dealing with my medical issue, I saw that Dubrovnik is missing this important piece of medical equipment," he said. "If I was Zeljko Kerum (Croatian version of Donald Trump) I would pay for the scanner from my own pocket, but since I am not, I would like to raise the money in this fashion," he said. "The PET/CT is a machine that is in my case was the decisive factor for recovery. I'm sure that will help thousands of other patients," said the 38-year-old Kvartuc, an international photojournalist who covers assignments in the United States and Europe and has photographed the most famous American actors and athletes including the OJ Simpson chase in 1995.


Stand Up Paddle Boarding was brought to life in Hawaii recently by the world's greatest surfer Laird Hamilton, who surfs the biggest waves in the world. He began experimenting with an old Hawaiian sport that was quickly adopted in Hawaii and California.



SUP Croatia - Images by Branimir Kvartuc


Standing on the board is fascinating: feeling like you are walking on water. You see the depth of the sea, fish, and everything underwater and the board is completely stable in the water. "I brought the board to Croatia with me with the intent to popularize this sport in the Adriatic!" he said. Stand up Paddle Boarding has already been seen on the island of Vis, where Kvartuc paddled for three months, before bringing the board to Dubrovnik where he paddles among mega-yachts, as he easily spends five hours a day on the board. "I turned a lot of heads when I was paddling in between mega-yachts in Dubrovnik last summer," he said. "Everyone wondered what I was doing and how they can do it."


Kvartuc who lives in the epicenter of the Californian surf scene thinks that there may be more opportunities for Stand Up Paddle Boarding in the Adriatic than in the West. Stand Up Paddle boarding has has brought more traffic to already crowded lineups. Rules of surfers are very specific, it is known who's wave is who's and who has the right of way. In Hawaii you can get beat up if you steal someone's wave or if you are not a local. Surfers are constantly seeking new secret spots to surf where there is no crowd. "Stand Up Paddle Boarders do not have to compete with surfers in the Adriatic and have the entire Sea to themselves," he said.


Kvartuc is the Founder of EppicSurf.com, a website similar to Facebook that allows any photographer in the world to shoot any surf spot, upload, market and sell their images from their individual profile. The site currently has 600 surf photographers from all over the world adding new content everyday. He is also a member of the Surfrider Foundation and served on his local board for some time.


Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Dubrovnik, Croatia from Bella Moda Photography on Vimeo.



"I am constantly online," says Kvartuc. "Its ironic that I am running a popular surf website from Croatia where there is no surf," laughs Kvartuc, who works for Croatia's largest photo agency, CROPIX.


For his Stand Up Paddle across the Adriatic, Kvartuc is bringing a special race board (C4 Waterman Vortice) which is 14-feet long and can travel at twice the speed of regular boards. "Over the next three months, I will be training on the board all day, with the goal of doing 10 straight hours on the board," he said. "I assume that it will take 15-18 hours to get from Venice to Pula with an ideal speed of 10 kilometers per hour." Kvartuc has already been seen training in the icy February waters of Dubrovnik.


Kvartuc is currently in Los Angeles, where he recently opened an exhibition of photographs from Croatian all captured by his iPhone camera, called:Branimir Kvartuc: Croatia in my iPhone.


Although Kvartuc has received sponsorship support from C4 Waterman and Adriatic Travel, he is looking for a major sponsor for his cross-Adriatic adventure. Kvartuc is very familiar with the power of the media and is planning on using it to achieve his goal of raising 50,000 Euros towards the purchase of a PET/CT scanner for the city of Dubrovnik and to bring good will and recognition to his sponsor.


"I know that my paddle across the Adriatic will bring a lot of media attention," he said. "I will use this attention to achieve my goal of raising 50,000 Euros for an ultimately important cause," he said.

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HRT, Globalno Sijelo: Branimir Kvartuc prepares for 130 kilometer Stand Up Paddle across the Adriatic Sea from Branimir Kvartuc on Vimeo.



The following is the original Croatian version:


Ako još niste čuli za novi sport koji je odavno osvojio Kaliforniju Stand Up Paddle Boarding, sigurno čete prve dalmatinske zaljubljenike na moru vidjeti ovo ljeto. Pojednostavljeno rečeno, riječ je o veslanju s noga, na dasci sličnoj ono za surfanje. Promotor novog sporta na hrvatskom Jadranu- Amerikanac hrvatskih korijena porijeklom iz Zadra i fotoreporter po vokaciji Branimir Kvartuc - več je prošlo ljeto na dasci veslao u dubrovačkom akvatoriju. Na potezu od povijesne jezgre do otoka Lokruma svi su ga u čudu gledali. Za predstoječe ljeto Branimir na svojoj dasci kani proširiti morske vidike: krajem lipnja sprema se ovim neobičnim sportom preveslati Jadran na dionici od 150 kilometara i to od Venecije do Pule.


-Obolio sam od karcinoma i nakon kemoterapije, liječenja i ozdravljenja želio sam sebi dati zadatak kojim bih potvrdio onu: što te ne ubije to te ojača! Želim dokazati da me ništa ne može usporiti. Ne ležim ni zbog koga! Moj pothvat biti če isključivo humanitarnog karaktera kako bi se zahvalio svojoj zemlji i sunarodnjacima koja su mi pomogli u ozdravljenju. Da sam se kojim slučajem zatekao u Americi, doista ne znam kako bi se sve to završilo...- kaže Branimir Kvartuc koji je več odlučio za što idu prikupljeni novci.


-Ovom akcijom želim sakupiti novce koji bi bili baza za kupnju močnog tzv. PET/CT skenera za Dubrovnik. Dok sam bio bolestan vidio sam što Dubrovniku nedostaje. Da sam Željko Kerum platio bih skener iz đepa, al pošto nisam, mislim ovako skupiti novac za njega. Riječ je o stroju koji je u mom slučaju bi odlučujuči faktor za ozdravljenje. Siguran sam da če pomoči i tisućama drugih pacijenata. - kaže Branimir Kvartuc, 38-ogodišnji fotoreporter u Hrvatskoj, a paparazzo u Los Angelosu.


-Još u Kaliforniji zaljubio sam se u taj novi sport- stojeće veslanje- kojeg sam u Hrvatsku donio sa sobom iz Amerike. Stand Up Paddle Boarding započeo je na Havajima največi svjetski surfer Laird Hamilton koji surfa na največim valovima na svijetu. Počeo je eksperimentirati sa starim havajskim sportom koji je brzo prihvačen na Havajima i u Kaliforniji. Dok sam prošlo ljeto Điravao na dasci među megajahtama pred Dubrovnikom, svi su se čudili što to i kako radim. Tko god da ovo vidi zaželi se ovog sporta, a izvrsno je i za oblikovanje mišiča. Stajanje na dasci je fascinantno: imaš osječaj kao da hodaš po vodi, a vidiš morske dubine, ribe, podmorje...Iako tako ne izgleda, daska je totalno stabilna i u Hrvatsku sam je donio s namjerom- popularizirati ovaj sport na Jadranu! Stand up Paddle Boarding vidjeli su več na Visu gdje sam veslao puna tri mjeseca, a sad mi je baš đir veslati oko Dubrovnika među jahtašima. Na dasci provedem i po pet sati dnevno, tako mi je dobro i lijepo...- kaže Branimir Kvartuc koji je u Kaliforniji dio tzv. surferske kulture u koju ne možeš baš tako lako upasti...


-živim u San Pedru, američkom surf središtu. Pravila među surferima vrlo su konkretna: zna se čiji je val i tko ima prednost. Na Havajima če te sigurno istući ako si upao na njihov val. Domaći uvijek imaju prednost... Naravno, nema dovoljno valova koliko ima surfera i oni zbog velike gužve stalno traže nove valove. Postoji posebna internet stranica s prognozom gdje če sve biti valovi, a kamere prate, vjerojatno, svaki val na svijetu. Stand Up Paddle Boarding je sport koji se širi jer ne zauzima valove. No, bez obzira, da primjerice u Kaliforniji radim ovo što radim ovdje, vjerojatno bih dobio batine od lokalaca jer pravim još veču gužvu uz obalu.- kaže uz smijeh Branimir koji je u Americi aktivan u politički vrlo jakim udrugama tzv. surfriedera koji su protiv komercijalizacija plaža za osobne interese.


-U Kaliforniji sam nekako upao u tu surfersku kulturu, a imam i svoju web stranicu za surf gdje svi fotografi, koji fotkaju surfere i surfanje na valovima, kupuju i prodaju svoje fotke. Na stranici je oko 600 fotografa i vrlo je aktivna. Stalno sam “on line” pa je tako činjenica da vodim jednu veliku web stranicu surferske kulture iz Hrvatske, gdje uopče nema surfa.- smije se Branimir. Dok je u Hrvatskoj, angažiran je u fotografskoj agenciji Cropix.


-Želim Stand Up Paddle Boarding predstaviti Hrvatskoj jer je to idealan sport za Jadran. Za moj projekt preveslavanja Jadrana od Venecije do Pule donio sam iz Amerike specijalnu trkaču dasku dugu pet metara koja je duplo brža od standardne daske za ovaj sport, a s njom i specijalno veslo. Tijekom sljedeča tri mjeseca predstoje mi svakodnevni višesatni treninzi, a ne stajem dok dnevno ne napravim 10 sati na dasci. Moja je pretpostavka da če mi iz Venecije do Pule biti potrebno od 15 do 18 sati. Predviđam da bi idealna brzina bila 10 kilometara za sat vremena. -kaže Branimir koji je več početkom ožujka u ledenom moru oko dubrovačkih zidina počeo sa pripremnim treninzima.


Tijekom nedavnog boravka u Los Angelosu gdje je otvorio svoju izložbu fotografija iz Hrvatske koje je fotografirao iPhonom, javilo mu se, kaže, nekoliko sponzora. -Humanitarne priloge u moju akciju uplatiti če C4Waterman i Adriatic Travel, no još tražim generalnog sponzora koji ovu moju avanturu može dobro marketinški iskoristiti.-smatra Branimir koji dobro zna koja je snaga medija. Naime, u Americi je (is)pekao zanat paparazza, a neke fotografije mu i danas donose lijepu zaradu od objavljivanja.


-Nakon fakulteta novinarstva potpuno sam odlučio biti fotoreporter, a neke stvari jednostavno su se poklopile kad sam se odlučio baviti tim zanatom. Jedna od prvih mojih svjetskih fotografija bila je paparazzo fotografija O.J. Simpsona dok je bježao od policije. Ta fotografija i dan danas mi donosi novac. U svojoj gotovo petnaestogodišnjoj foto karijeri, najviše sam fotografirao poznate američke glumce te sve sportaše i sportove, a radio sam i kao freelance, za velike američke novine ili u poznatoj svjetskoj agenciji Asociated Press.


-Znam da če moj pothvat preveslavanja Jadrana sa Stand Up Paddle Boarding -om izazvati medijsku pozornost i zbog mojih prijatelja i kolega ne samo iz Amerike, več diljem svijeta koji su se več uključili u medijsko pračenje. Moj cilj je za početak doseči iznos od 50 tisuča eura, što bi bio moj prilog za osnivanje budžeta za kupnju PET skenera, a akciju ču nastaviti na sve moguče načine.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Chasing Kevin Spacey



I spent the last three days chasing Oscar winner Kevin Spacey around Dubrovnik, Croatia. The actor who visited the city last year for the Dubrovnik Film Meeting, liked it so much, he decided to return with 40 friends to celebrate his 50th birthday. This, of coarse was big news in Croatia and I was assigned to follow him paparazzi style during the time he was here. This video is from a popular celebrity show called In Magazin which reports that Spacey spent 500,000 Euros during his three days in Dubrovnik. I am featured shooting photos of him with a 600mm lens with a 2X converter on a 5D Mark II.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Stripped. Bare. The Gallery Show video

Stripped. Bare is a show that opened at the Historic Gas Company Lofts in downtown Los Angeles on June 11, 2009. Nearly 100 photos shot with an iPhone by Branimir Kvartuc were displayed.


Branimir Kvartuč iPhone Gallery @ The Historic Gas Co. Lofts LA from Adrian Svircic on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Michael Jackson Dies


Michael Jackson Dies - Images by Branimir Kvartuc

This is my coverage for the European Pressphoto Agence (EPA) of the death of Michael Jackson

Friday, June 12, 2009

Stripped. Bare. Branimir Kvartuc and his iPhone gallery show





This slide show is a digital representation of: Stripped. Bare. Branimir Kvartuc and his iPhone, a gallery show that debuted during Art Walk in downtown Los Angeles at the Historic Gas Company Lofts at 810 S. Flower St.

Branimir Kvartuc is a Los Angeles based photographer whose pictures have landed in such publications at the New York Times, Time Magazine and every other major publication in the world. He is also the founder of EppicSurf.com, a social network for the surf culture, owner of Bella Moda Photography and photographer for the Associated Press and Croatia's Jutarnji List and Slobodna Dalmacija newspapers.

As a professional photographer, Branimir Kvartuc had the best equipment and access to be in the right position to tell a story.

With this show, he has Stripped his resources Bare. No Credentials. No Assignment. No professional camera. Kvartuc, armed with only an iPhone camera, managed to capture landscapes, worm his way into closed-to-the-public events and delve deeply into the emotions of individuals.

Take away the large camera that shoots 12 frames per second and a tie to familiar news outlet and you are left with a photographer attempting to record a poignant moment on a two megapixel cell phone camera that takes one photo every 12 seconds.

"As a professional, I usually have a credential hanging from my neck and large, somewahat intimidating cameras and lenses. It becomes very easy for the person behind the camera to feel a certain authority, a comfort level with invading someone's personal space by pointing a camera at them." said Kvartuc

For the "Stripped. Bare." show, Kvartuc was now the one who was inimidated. He often had to ask for permission to get close enough to capture something valuable. That meant he had to start a conversation, he had to earn their trust so he could get a disarming, authentic still.

Above are nearly 100 photos taken over the past six months which are in the show.

The slide show may be embeded by clicking the triangle on the lower right.

Share the show on Facebook or Twitter by clicking the logo directly below.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Recent Work: June Cover Dealernews Magazine


My most recent cover for Dealernews Magazine profiles Bert's Mega Mall and owner Ron Seidner.  Click here to see more of my Magazine work.

Gallery Show Invitation: Stripped. Bare.: Branimir Kvartuc and his iPhone


You are invited to a gallery show featuring the iPhone photography of Branimir Kvartuc. 




Thursday, June 11, 2009
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Historic Gas Company Lofts
810 S. Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA

As a professional photographer Branimir Kvartuc has always been geared up for making the best news and sports photos. Using the best equipment and having the best access ensured he would be in the right position to visually tell the story.

"I never liked taking photos when I was not working." he said. "At the same time, I was often frustrated as a professional photographer when I would see a photo happening but did not have my equipment ready to record it," said Branimir.

Then came the iPhone! Always in his pocket, always available to record a photograph. 

"Unlike even small point-and-shoot cameras, the iPhone was ALWAYS in my pocket!" he said. "This was a game-changer."

He started shooting photos much more frequently and having fun doing it.

"All of the frustration I used to have, seeing a photo materializing, but not being able to capture it was erased by having the iPhone in my pocket."

And so this gallery show featuring Branimir's iPhone photos was born.

"The most interesting thing that happened as I used the iPhone to capture images was the feeling of being stripped of the crutches of being a professional photographer."

"As a professional, I usually have a credential hanging from my neck, large, sometimes intimidating cameras and lenses. Couple that with being at a scene like a fire, sporting event or press conference which demands attention! It becomes very easy for the person behind the camera to feel a certain comfort level with invading someone's personal space by pointing a camera at them."

Take away the large camera that shoots 12 frames per second, the credentials and the newsworthy scene and you are left with a photographer stripped bare, attempting to record a poignant moment on a two megapixel cell phone that takes one photo every 12 seconds!

This show illustrates what could be done photographically with the minimal equipment.

Stripped. Bare.

"I hope that all of my friends and colleagues will join me as I display and share the images I have created in the past six months using my iPhone."

Branimir's iPhone gallery show will be a part of the monthly downtown Los Angeles Art Walk which happens on the second Thursday of every month.

View my professional work here:

www.BranimirKvartuc.com
www.BellaModaPhotography.com
www.EppicSurf.com

Friday, November 17, 2006

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show


Model Gisele Bundchen, former girlfriend of Leonardo DiCaprio, arrives to the Victoria's Secrets fashion show at the Kodak theater in Hollywood Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006. Although the event had nearly the grandeur of the Academy Awards, few big celebrities walked the pink carpet, allowing the models to be the focus of attention. It was a happy day at work :)

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Scare N' Tear Surf Contest



On Sunday, Oct. 29, I photographed the second annual Scare N' Tear surf contest in Manhattan Beach, where contestants are judged equally for their Halloween costumes and surfing ability. Although he placed second in this years contest, Jeff Atkinson's entry of Kobe Bryant shooting a hook shot on a surfboard was definatly my favorite. Last year Jeff placed first for fashioning the Titanic out of his surfboard. The contest is produced by Progressive Surf Group and benefits the Adam Frand Foundation.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Vintage Cycle


I've never been one of those guys who's had to have a motorcyle. I never daydreamed about about a Harley or a Chopper. But....after visiting Blue Moon Cycle outside Atlanta for a Dealernews magazine cover shoot of the shop's owner John Landstrom, my mind has been changed. Landstrom specializes in beautiful vintage European bikes and I WANT one. Bikes like the Moto Guzi or BMW are much more cool to me than a brand new one. Landstrom, who travels to Germany twice a year shopping for vintage bikes, is photographed with a 1942 BMW R 12, which is available for $17,900.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Pink Elephant


I saw a real life Pink Elephant today. No Joke. Enigmatic British artist Banksy's elaborately installed a painted elephant — a real one — in a living room scene in a warehouse southeast of downtown L.A. on Saturday, September 16, 2006. Banksy is known for graffiti-sprinkled work, acts of mischief and never appearing at his own exhibits or granting interviews. Celebrities including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were spotted during the three-day show. Although the elephant was obviously the main draw, other pieces grabbed attention almost equally in the "warehouse full of mindless vandalism and pretty pictures."

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Almost PERFECT


I thought I was going see history happen on Wednesday, September 13, 2006. I was shooting the Angels v. White Sox game for the Associated Press at Aneheim Stadium when White Sox pitcher Feddy Garcia went 7 2/3 innings pitching a perfect game. There have only been 16 perfect games pitched in basball history, the last being Randy Johnson in 2004. It was only the second baseball game I have shot in as many years, so I would have considered myself lucky to have been there. My photo of Freddy Garcia shows him reacting to Angels' Adam Kennedy's hit in the eight inning.