The Vans All Weather MTE collection is built to keep you warm and dry no matter the weather. We asked some friends of the brand to help us show it off. Tapping photographers from Asia, Europe and North America, we asked them to put the All Weather MTE line to the test. The photographers were given the footwear and apparel, some simple creative guidelines and an iPhone 6s Plus. Then we turned them loose. This is the result of this project.
A Vans Photography Project
Photographed by: Chad Chomlack, Chad Huff, Charles Lanceplaine, James North, Jay Meador, Jeff Han, Matt Georges, Pete Williams and Nolan Hall.
A 25+ year snowboarding veteran, Chad is a personable, relatable and down-to-earth guy. These characteristics flow into his work effortlessly and honestly. The images Chad likes to shoot are often stark and emotional: simple elements held in perfect balance. Chad lives for discovering other cultures and documenting the stories of strangers that soon become friends. He is at peace in the mountains and hopes to share the joy he finds in the back country with those around him.
Chad Huff is a filmmaker/photographer living in the Los Angeles area. Growing up in Southern California Vans was a natural fit for his first internship in the video department. Over the next few years he would document his passion for action sports and travel the globe. Always on the hunt for his next adventure he continues to stick to his roots as well as push himself in different mediums of film making. "I just want to create visually stimulating imagery that people will hopefully remember."
For the last half decade, Charles Lanceplaine has been one of China's most sought after young directors. In 2010, Charles Lanceplaine dropped the globally recognized documentary "Shanghai Five" exposing China's underground skate scene. Since then, he has been non-stop, traveling the world directing commercials, skate films and documentary projects for clients like Vans, The North Face, Beats by Dre and Vice.
James North is a portrait, lifestyle & action photographer based in London, UK. He developed his love for photography from an early age while studying the subject, shooting only with film and spending hours printing in the darkroom. James now spends his time travelling shooting campaigns for brands and agencies.
Originally from Spring Arbor, Michigan (USA), Jay Meador has been hunting skate spots in Shanghai since 2007, and has been a part of the Vans China skate team since its inception. He works as an independent cameraman and often collaborates with Push Media to document happenings in the world.
Jeff Han is a local Shanghainese freelance photographer and videographer. He has been filming and shooting photos for over 16 years, initially starting off by creating his own media agency FLY. Over the course of these 16 years, he has worked on independent and commercial projects that feature an array of different styles and approaches.
Matt's obsession with photography stems from childhood. A snowboarder and skateboarder since the age of 12, the three pastimes naturally collided, however it was not his initial plan. After studying graphic design and typography he got the job of Art Director at Freestyler skateboarding Magazine in France, before moving on to Photo Editor position at Method, pan-european snowboard magazine. Too much time in the office however made him realize he needed to get lost in the wild and create photography of his own.
Born in Toronto, Pete moved to Canada's capital city of Ottawa in the mid-90s where he discovered skateboarding and a passion for DIY culture, from music to photography and everything in-between. Drawing on his experiences, in 2005 he began writing for various street culture magazines, and in 2008 co-founded clothing label Raised by Wolves, now headquartered Montreal. In addition to RBW, Pete currently works as an Editor at lifestyle publication Highsnobiety alongside shooting photos on his many travels around the globe.
Nolan Hall's documentary photos of professional surfers are distinguished in part for their decided disinterest in the action unfolding in the ocean. Rather than train his camera on the riders on waves, Nolan's focus is on the antic and anarchic life of the traveling professional - on land, plane, train and every of means of conveyance. Life on tour, with the music turned high.