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  • Introducing: The Sahel Strap

    July 23rd, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    The Sahel: a charity: water collaboration camera strap

     

    At ONA, we believe that photos can tell powerful stories that help make a difference in the world. Charity: water, a nonprofit organization that brings clean, safe drinking water to the millions of people living without it, uses inspiring images to help tell the story of how clean water is transforming lives around the globe.

    With the Sahel camera strap, we encourage you to take beautiful photos, explore your world and tell the stories that need to be told.

    The Sahel is handcrafted with a leather neckline that is padded with soft neoprene. Two sets of chrome buckles allow for adjusting the length. The Sahel is most comfortably worn crossbody and is designed for use with camera kits weighing up to six pounds.

    Part of the proceeds of each Sahel strap sale will support charity: water operations.

    Join us to celebrate the launch of the Sahel at an Instameet on Sunday with Cubby Graham, Moment Lens, Passion Passport and more!

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  • Photographer Profile: Jeremy Snell

    July 16th, 2014  —  3 Comments

    The team at ONA loves to highlight emerging photographers and feature established photographers: it’s less about renown or experience and more about the feelings stirred by the images created. We’re constantly amazed by the incredible variety of photographers who use ONA bags: there’s no standard background, education, subject, inspiration, industry. The only constant is that they’re trying–and usually succeeeding–to tell a story in one captured moment.

    Jeremy Snell and ONA Union Street Jeremy wears The Union Street in Black.

    At ONA, we believe that photos can tell powerful stories that help make a difference in the world. Charity: water, a nonprofit organization that brings clean, safe drinking water to the millions of people living without it, uses inspiring images to help tell the story of how clean water is transforming lives around the globe. We’re constantly inspired by the photographers that contribute images to charity: water. One of our favorite freelancers who has done a number of projects for charity: water and other humanitarian organizations is Jeremy Snell: his portraits are able to capture a person, a place, a time in a beautifully moving fashion.

    Jeremy Snell and ONA Union Street

    ONA: How did you get into photography/videography?

    JS: I sort of fell into it by accident.  When I was 14, I bought a point-and-shoot camera to document my trip to Africa. I’m not quite sure what happened on that trip, but I’ve never really put a camera down since. It became a very strong form of self-expression for me; somewhere along that road, people started paying me to do it. Even though it is my profession now, it’s still a very personal thing for me.

    Video was something that came much later when the whole DSLR video craze took over.  I think I’ve come to a point where I love them both (video and photography) equally now – they force me to exercise different creative muscles. I feel like my beginnings in still photography have definitely influenced the way I shoot films and craft narratives though, the visual elements tend to take priority for me.

    Jeremy Snell x ONA Bags

    Jeremy Snell x ONA Bags

    Jeremy Snell x ONA Bags Jeremy Snell x ONA BagsONA: What camera do you shoot with? What is your “go to” lens of choice?

    JS: I own a 5D mkiii for stills, Red Epic for video, and an iPhone 5S; but I’ll shoot with whatever camera suits the project.

    For stills, my current lens of choice is the new Sigma 50mm 1.4 art lens. It’s super sharp! For video, I’ve really been liking the filmic look of the Dog Schidt Optics FF58. I also have fallen in love with anamorphic lenses, specifically the Iscorama 36.

    Jeremy Snell x ONA Bags Jeremy Snell x ONA BagsONA: What sort of project drives your creativity? What is your dream project?

    JS: Projects that involve telling compelling stories or exploring new and interesting ways of viewing people and things are the best. Though, my favorite type of work involves capturing and showcasing people of unique cultures; any project that lets me do that is a dream project.

    Jeremy Snell x ONA Bags Jeremy Snell x ONA Bags Jeremy Snell x ONA Bags Jeremy Snell x ONA BagsONA: What is the hardest thing about being a photographer/videographer?

    JS: Personally holding myself accountable to push myself beyond my own creative boundaries is always a struggle – it can get really easy and comfortable to do the same thing over and over again. The balance between creating content that speaks to me personally, and content that is driven by the audience or what others may want to see is also something I struggle with. Ultimately, I want to help people see the world and themselves differently through my art. When I see that happen, it inspires me and enables me to push through my own personal barriers.

    Jeremy Snell x ONA Bags Jeremy Snell x ONA Bags Jeremy Snell x ONA BagsONA: Describe your style of shooting.

    JS: An even mix between commercial and photojournalistic approaches. Some have called it environmental portrait photography.

    Jeremy Snell x ONA Bags Jeremy Snell x ONA Bags Jeremy Snell x ONA Bags Jeremy Snell x ONA BagsONA: In one sentence, what advice would you give to a photographer/videographer just starting out?

    JS: Find out what you like and what inspires you. Look at thousands of images – figure out what you like and what you don’t like. The faster you discover what your own style of art looks like, the better people will be able to hold on to it and ask for more. Most importantly, shoot what moves YOU emotionally and creatively.

    Jeremy Snell and ONA Union Street

    Jeremy Snell and ONA Union Street

    Jeremy Snell and ONA Union Street ONA: How did you hear about us?

    JS: I saw a bunch of my friends at Charity:Water sporting your bags. I got jealous.

    Jeremy Snell and ONA Union Street

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  • Save the Date: ONA x charity: water Instameet

    July 11th, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    ONA x charity: water Instameet

  • What’s In Eric’s Astoria and Bowery

    July 10th, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    Between product and lifestyle photo shoots, we have plenty of chances to experiment with how much gear can fit in each ONA and how to style each bag. But we’re always inspired and impressed by how real-life ONA owners manage to make the bags work for them (keep sharing your photos with us on social media!), so we decided to highlight how some of our favorite photographers make their bag work for them.

    Eric Kelley and ONA Bowery and ONA Astoria

    Even in a world so obsessed with immediate tech gratification that we need digital detoxes, there are those who are committed to film photography as a career and as an art form.  Eric Kelley, a film shooter who studied fine art photography, is one of them. He’s a talented wedding photographer who is able to blend his life easily with the things that he loves: he often works at weddings with his wife Lora, a stylist and make-up artist and the couple owns Para Coffee, a boutique coffee shop in Charlottesville. Even when indulging in his favorite “non-work” activities–traveling, spending time with his two children, cooking out with friends–we’re fairly certain he captures it all beautifully on film. We’re constantly envious of his ability to seamlessly integrate his love of film into his work and life.

    Eric Kelley and ONA Bowery and ONA Astoria

    What’s in Eric’s Antique Cognac Leather Bowery Bag

    • FILM!

    What’s in Eric’s Dark Tan Astoria Messenger Bag

    •  2 Contax 645
    • 2 5D Mark II
    • Manfrotto 190 Tripod
    • Canon 1V
    • 24 mm 1.4
    • 35 mm 1.4
    • 50 mm 1.2
    • 85 mm 1.2
    • 70-200 2.8
    • Contax – 80 mm + 45 mm

    Eric Kelley and ONA Bowery

    Eric Kelley and ONA Bowery and ONA AstoriaEric Kelley and ONA Bowery and ONA AstoriaEric Kelley and ONA Bowery and ONA AstoriaEric Kelley and ONA Bowery and ONA AstoriaEric Kelley and ONA Bowery and ONA Astoria

    Eric Kelley and ONA BoweryEric Kelley and ONA BoweryEric Kelley and ONA BoweryEric Kelley and ONA Bowery CONNECT WITH ERIC

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     Note: photos of Eric were kindly taken by Elan Klein.

     

     

     

  • Where ONA Goes: Uganda with Alice Lee

    July 9th, 2014  —  2 Comments

    Each ONA bag is named after a place that founder Tracy Foster has traveled, all the way from Camps Bay in South Africa (where she came up with the idea for ONA) to her favorite neighborhoods in New York, like Brooklyn and Chelsea. The entire ONA team loves to travel, and we adore living vicariously through our customers who take ONA bags to new and beautiful places.
    Alice Lee x ONA Bags x Leather Capri x Uganda

    Alice carries The Leather Capri in Antique Cognac.

    Alice Lee has always loved traveling, but last year when she traveled across Southern and East Africa, she realized it wasn’t the traveling itself that she loved: it was the people she met, the relationships established, the conversations that made her short-term adventures less touristy and more purposeful. So she sought to capture that with her camera, somewhere between what people call travel photography and humanitarian photography. This led her to Gulu, Uganda, where she spent two months collecting stories of change and documenting what she calls “the micro-narrative of development.” Alice believes photography, if executed well, can positively impact both the subject and the photographer, and that is what she strives for in every piece of her project: follow the process behind the project on her daily Instagram series.

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  • What’s in Mike Colon’s Brixton

    July 3rd, 2014  —  12 Comments

    Between product and lifestyle photo shoots, we have plenty of chances to experiment with how much gear can fit in each ONA and how to style each bag. But we’re always inspired and impressed by how real-life ONA owners manage to make the bags work for them (keep sharing your photos with us on social media!), so we decided to highlight how some of our favorite photographers make their bag work for them.
    Mike Colon + ONA Antique Cognac BrixtonMike Colon is one of the world’s premier destination wedding and lifestyle photographers, with list of places visited as enviable as his client roster. Mike’s images are able to convey real emotions in an industry often saturated with affectation; his documentary-shooting style is never forced or overly posed. Based in Southern California, he travels not only to document weddings but also to highlight areas in the world in need of clean water through his work with Thirst Relief International.
    Mike Colon + ONA Antique Cognac Brixton

    What’s in Mike’s Leather Brixton: 

    • Nikon F5
    • Apple MacBook Air 11”
    • Mini Thunderbolt Drive
    • Lenses
    • Wallet
    • Concealed Weapons
    • Rubiks Revenge
    • Shades

    Note: Mike used a personalized cattle brand to imprint his logo on the front of the Leather Brixton, which we’re convinced is the coolest and classiest move ever. 

    Mike Colon + ONA Antique Cognac BrixtonMike Colon + ONA Antique Cognac BrixtonMike Colon + ONA Antique Cognac BrixtonMike Colon + ONA Antique Cognac BrixtonMike Colon + ONA Antique Cognac BrixtonMike Colon + ONA Antique Cognac Brixton

     CONNECT WITH MIKE

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    Note: all photos were kindly taken by Jessica Claire.

  • Photographer Profile: Zach Glassman

    July 1st, 2014  —  7 Comments

    The team at ONA loves to highlight emerging photographers and feature established photographers: it’s less about renown or experience and more about the feelings stirred by the images created. We’re constantly amazed by the incredible variety of photographers who use ONA bags: there’s no standard background, education, subject, inspiration, industry. The only constant is that they’re trying–and usually succeeeding–to tell a story in one captured moment.

    Zach Glassman x ONA Bags x The Camps BayZach wears The Camps Bay in Smoke.

    Zach Glassman’s passion for storytelling is matched only by his love of travel; when he’s able to combine the two, his talents shine. He’s an incredibly talented travel photographer with a knack for capturing the personality of a place through its people. As the founder of Passion Passport, Zach thrives on sharing the transformative power of travel: through his words and photos, he’s able to transport readers to not only an exotic location but also a wanderlust state of mind.
    Zach Glassman x ONA Bags

    ONA: How did you get into photography/videography?

    ZG: In 2012, I resigned my job as a commodities trader in Hong Kong. Since I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next or where I wanted to live, I headed out on the road to find the answers. Photography and storytelling had always been of great interest to me, but I had never thought that they could be more than that. Slowly but surely, I began to hone my skills and a new passion and career emerged.

    Zach Glassman x ONA BagsZach Glassman x ONA Bags

    Zach Glassman x ONA Bags

    ONA: What camera do you shoot with? What is your “go to” lens of choice?

    ZG: I shoot mostly with my Nikon D700. My lens of choice is a 24-70mm F2.8: it is powerful yet versatile, which adequately prepares me for the unpredictability of my day-to-day while traveling. When I’m not carrying around my D700, I shoot with my iPhone.

    Zach Glassman x ONA BagsZach Glassman x ONA Bags

    Zach Glassman x ONA Bags

    ONA: What sort of project drives your creativity?

    ZG: Storytelling projects make my heart sing. A couple of months ago, I headed down to Guatemala to complete a project about my parents and the tale of how they met in Guatemala in the late 1970s. It was exceptionally challenging – after nearly 40 years, so much in Guatemala had changed – but it was also very rewarding.

    Zach Glassman x ONA BagsZach Glassman x ONA Bags

    Zach Glassman x ONA Bags

    ONA: What is your dream project?

    ZG: My dream project is to return to China to complete a storytelling project about the scrap metal industry. During my time as a commodities trader, I found it frustrating and soul-wrenching to wish to interact with workers in the metals industry, but to be told that there was an invisible dividing line between us and to keep quiet. As a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese, I would want to connect with these individuals, take their portraits and to tell their stories. The idea is inspired by Pieter Hugo, one of my favorite photographers, and his work “Permanent Error.”

    My other dream project is to give people the gift of life-changing travel experiences, one which is well underway through the travel blog and startup I founded: Passion Passport. A couple of times each year, we give one applicant the ability to live out their dream trip by providing them with a grant. As their trip unfolds, they tell their story through our blog. [Note: ONA was a sponsor of The Bucket List Initiative and provided winner Jeff McAllister with an Astoria Bag; he recently shared photos from his experience in Peru on our blog.]

    Zach Glassman x ONA Bags

    Zach Glassman x ONA BagsZach Glassman x ONA Bags

    ONA: What is the hardest thing about being a photographer?

    ZG: Time is the hardest thing to battle as a photographer. My efforts are divided between photography, some writing projects, and Passion Passport. As a result, finding time to edit photos, to write, and to discuss partnership opportunities – and also to travel – well, I often feel as though I am being pulled in many different directions!

    Zach Glassman and ONA Camps Bay Zach Glassman and ONA Camps Bay

    ONA: How did you hear about us?

    ZG: I heard about ONA through a photographer friend who spoke very highly of the combined style and functionality of their camera bags. I didn’t need much more convincing, but when I saw some fantastic travel-inspired product names to boot, ONA further captured my attention and affection!

    CONNECT WITH ZACH

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  • #WhereONAGoes Instagram Contest Round-Up

    June 27th, 2014  —  2 Comments

    Thank you to everyone who took part in the #WhereONAGoes Instagram Contest. We loved seeing where you take your bags, from the streets of Rome to the beaches of Southeast Asia.

    Congratulations to Jordan Lamb (@jordanlamb)! We loved the adventurous spirit that shone through in his entry of the Camps Bay Backpack at a secluded waterfall in Oregon: “This place is quite the adventure to get to. Miles of gravel, having to hold into rope to lower yourself down the hill. Finally in the middle of no where Oregon. Wham!!”

    #WhereONAGoes Instagram Contest Winner

    Congratulations to Jordan! He’ll receive a Leather Presidio Camera Strap: perfect for that upcoming summer of travel!

    There were so many submissions that we loved and wanted to share here on the blog — below are just a few.#WhereONAGoes Instagram Contest#WhereONAGoes Instagram Contest

     

  • Where ONA Goes: Peru with Jeff McAllister

    June 26th, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    Each ONA bag is named after a place that founder Tracy Foster has traveled, all the way from Camps Bay in South Africa (where she came up with the idea for ONA) to her favorite neighborhoods in New York, like Brooklyn and Chelsea. The entire ONA team loves to travel, and we adore living vicariously through our customers who take ONA bags to new and beautiful places.
    Jeff McAllister x ONA Bags x The Astoria x Peru

    As avid travelers and dream chasers, we’re thrilled to be sponsors of The Bucket List Initiative: the project grants one lucky member of the Passion Passport community the opportunity to fulfill their ultimate travel dream. The most recent winner was Jeff McAllister, a writer, portrait photographer, and academic from Vancouver Island. After spending the last six years studying inorganic chemistry in the labs of the University of Victoria he recently embarked on series of trips to study the chemistry between people and the world they inhabit.The main ethos behind his work is that everyone has a story, but not everyone is given voice.Jeff recently travelled to Northwestern Peru with his Astoria Camera and Laptop Messenger Bag, where he spent three weeks shooting images and collecting stories from the people of the Sechura desert.

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    Jeff McAllister x ONA Bags x Peru Jeff McAllister x ONA Bags x PeruCONNECT WITH JEFF
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  • Behind the Name: The Astoria x #ONAMeet

    June 24th, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    This past Saturday, we sponsored the #ONAMeet in Astoria with @InstagramNYC. It was a pleasure to connect with so many talented photographers in person and explore a new neighborhood in the city: what a wonderful way to spend the summer solstice!

    #ONAMeet in Astoria with @InstagramNYC

    The winner of the Astoria Camera and Laptop Messenger Bag is @christianjosep. We loved all of the photos he shared, but the caption on the photo below especially resonated: “I saw @5aaad trying to capture a reflection, I came to help him frame his shot, then he came up with this awesome idea for me. Meeting creative minds and helping each other out is what this platform is all about.” Congratulations, Christian!

    #ONAMeet in Astoria with @InstagramNYC

    Here’s a glimpse into the people and places in the vibrant neighborhood of Astoria, Queens, as captured during the #ONAMeet.

    #ONAMeet in Astoria with @InstagramNYC

    Photo by @5aaad.

    #ONAMeet in Astoria with @InstagramNYC

    Photo of @kirstenalana, taken by @omarzrobles.

    #ONAMeet in Astoria with @InstagramNYC

    Photo by @icstreets_ny.

    #ONAMeet in Astoria with @InstagramNYC

    Photo taken by @dante8.

    #ONAMeet in Astoria with @InstagramNYC

    Photo by @hey_its_lina.

    #ONAMeet in Astoria with @InstagramNYC

    Photo by @caferivillas.

    #ONAMeet in Astoria with @InstagramNYC

    Photo by @dmz75.

    #ONAMeet in Astoria with @InstagramNYC

    Photo by @courtody.

    #ONAMeet in Astoria with @InstagramNYC

    Photo by @gkilkis.

    The rest of these “honorable mentions” are eligible for a 10% discount on a purchase from onabags.com. Please email [email protected] to coordinate. Thanks again for coming out and shooting with us!

    Mark your calendars for July 26 for our next New York City Instameet. Details coming soon!