GoatBox Co – The OP Hunt

Creative Director John Idle reached out to me late last year for a last-minute campaign featuring a new product made by GoatBox Co out of Texas. We were looking for a hunting scenario, and immediately my mind began to tick. Being a small production with minimal budget, I called up a couple of friends, told them the what, when and where, and started scouring Google Maps for a close location.

Within less than two weeks we were dialed in on a beautiful day, out shooting on the Olympic Peninsula with a badass truck, a cooler fitting for the occasion, and all the props necessary to pull off an early morning deer hunting scene.

Besides the hunting scene, the client also was seeking a fishing scenario and a general lifestyle, product shots. Being the middle of winter and resources limited, John, my two talent models (who look way better on camera), and myself pulled off the impossible to make winter look like a late afternoon fishing outing during “warmer months”.

For more, visit www.CameronKarsten.com. Represented by The Gren Group

The Countdown Begins: The Origins of Vodun

Who-Is-Oba-NowI’m stoked that the countdown has begun! On December 31st, I’ll be heading to Benin, Togo and Ghana for roughly four weeks to begin a project about the origins and evolution of Voodoo. As a practice of animistic worship of spirits, Vodun is the official religion of Benin and considered one of its birthplaces. I’ll be traveling with friend and fellow photographer Constantine Savvides to create a multi-continent multimedia series including still, motion, audio and text. West Africa will be the first of several locations, retracing the spread of Voodoo via the slave trade to the West Indies and Americas, to its survival in today’s organized societies. These guys, chiefs of the old slave port in Badagry, Nigeria, know what I’m talkin’ about.

I encourage you to follow my blog for in-country updates, where you’ll see us enticing boatmen to take us up river to black magic villages and feel the frantic energies of the world’s largest Vodun festival in Ouidah, Benin. A little throwback Sunday of past images taken in West and East Africa to stir the pot of adventure, culture and exploration!
 Askar of the Hamar tribe in the Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia
Hamar children playing in the shade – Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia
The old train from Dira Dawa, Ethiopia to Djibouti City, Djibouti is a long slow uncomfortable slog through some of the most arid terrain in the world.
A liquid gas burn-off at a Chevron oil platform in the Niger Delta of Nigeria
Local Hamar children in the Lower Omo Valley of Ethiopia
Sunrise along the Kenyan coastline near Diani Beach
The-FuryMonkeys will steal your things if you take too long of a nap – Diani Beach, Kenya
Traffic – Lagos, Nigeria
A hyena-keeper feeds the wild dogs by moonlight in the Harer, Ethiopia