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  • Our Favorite Links of Spring

    March 28th, 2013  —  4 Comments

    Spring has sprung! Well…almost. The sun is shining and flowers are on the verge of ¬†blooming, but it’s still a little chilly in New York City for our taste. Luckily, there are plenty of bright and bold things happening in the photography world right now: here are our favorites.

    Holi Color Bombing

    Polli Holi Colour Bomb

    Celebrated by Hindus, Holi is a spring festival of colors: celebrated by throwing colored powders and drenching each other with colored water. It’s also the brilliant inspiration for a very bright and colorful photo shoot: Design Sponge took a look behind the scenes at one at Polli. ¬†(And if you want to get in on the color bombing this Sunday in New York City, here are the details–just don’t forget your waterproof camera!).

    Polaroid Mosaics

    As Dana at Yellowtrace says: “Maurizio Galimberti¬†is a celebrated Italian master of Polaroid camera who¬†creates visually arresting, abstract mosaic portraits of celebrities.¬†Galimberti¬†shoots a number of individual frames which he arranges into a larger grid that creates a distorted version of a portrait.” We haven’t seen anything like these ¬†Polaroid Portrait Mosaics¬†before!

    ONA in South Africa

    ONA Bags now sold at Got Processed in Capetown, South Africa

    If you’re in Cape Town, ONA bags are now sold at Got Processed! Check out the Got Processed Facebook page for some excellent South African styling of the range.

    New York City, Then and Now

    Union Square via Library of Congress

    How awesome are these “then and now” photos of Union Square in New York City? The Daily Muse put together a little series, and we just love to see how the city has managed to keep so much of its charm through the years!

    Union Street (On the Street)

    Leica and ONA Union Street on David Kim

    Spotted: the Leica M3 and Union Street on David Kim in South Korea. Always a winning combination!

    What’s brightening up your spring?

  • What We’re Loving This Week

    March 1st, 2013  —  Leave a Comment

    Happy Friday–and happy March! We’re wrapping up our final preparations for WPPI (in case you missed it, we’ll be at booth #1569), and we fly out to Las Vegas next weekend. Forgive us (and our Facebook feed) if we’re a little wrapped up in WPPI over the coming weeks–to make up for it, here’s a collection of a few of our favorite things in the ONA and photography world right now.

    A happy ending for HONY


    We’re massive fans of Humans of New York, and so we watched with interest as drama unfolded on his Facebook page¬†after a DKNY store in Bangkok used his images without his permission. Instead of becoming litigious or diva-like, Brandon requested that DKNY donate $100,000 to send kids to YMCA summer camp. DKNY said it was a mistake, but still agreed to donate $25,000. After that, Brandon asked his fans–and they’ve donated upwards of $77,000 so far. A worthy cause and a stand-up photographer: both things ONA is more than happy to support.

    Rio dreaming

    Brazil Through the Lens of Massimo Vitali in the New York Times

    These sweeping images of Brazil by Massimo Vitali are almost enough to make us book a plane to Rio, stat. We’ll try to satisfy our wanderlust with the Voyages issue of the New York Times magazine (it comes out this weekend, and will feature Vitali’s full spread) and delight in the knowledge that spring is only three weeks away.

    Another place to find an ONA

    ONA Bags at the Leica Store SoHo

    We’re thrilled to announce that ONA products continue to be featured in Leica’s newest spaces: the Leica Store SoHo in New York City and the Leica Shop at Dale Photo & Digital in Hollywood, Florida. Next time you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and check out the latest and greatest ONA and Leica products.

    What’s in your bag?

    The Palma by South By North

    We always love seeing how an ONA bag complements your style–and we’re always impressed by how much gear you manage to carry in the bag! Claire of South by North shared a few beautifully-styled photos of her new Palma, and we can’t stop swooning.¬†Even if you don’t have the words to wax poetic over your ONA, share your photos on¬†our Facebook page: what’s inside your bag or what you’re wearing with it.

    A retailer with whimsy

    Photojojo Office on Apartment Therapy

    We loved this fun look behind the scenes at Photojojo on Apartment Therapy: not only does Photojojo publish an insanely great newsletter on photography, they also stock the Roma Camera Insert.

    Final bit of Friday fun: head over to the ONA Instagram feed for a sneak peek at our latest bag! 


  • A Celebration of The Commons

    January 17th, 2013  —  Leave a Comment

    In this age of DSLR’s, point-and-shoots and iPhones, it’s easier than ever to snap an image: of our breakfast, our view, our friends. Sometimes the sheer number of images can be overwhelming, but at its heart, those photos are a snapshot of our lifetime: an era in which technology and lifestyle has made it possible to capture all the moments, from the trivial to the life-changing.

    With¬†The Commons on Flickr celebrating its fifth birthday yesterday, it’s a reminder of the power that those images hold. Photos can tell a story, memorialize a connection, illustrate exactly what a day in the life looked like. The world’s public photography archives are full of treasures, an irreplaceable resource for the history of photography–and perhaps, history itself.

    As a medium, photography isn’t that old: invented in the 1820’s, popularized in the 1850’s, available for the mass market by the turn of the 20th century. ¬†Already, the pool of images has grown to more than 250,000 from 56 different libraries, archives and museums. The¬†most viewed, commented or favorited images have been separated into four different galleries: here, here, here and here.¬†They’re all worth a look.

    Here are a few of our favorite images from The Commons: what are yours?

    Library of Congress Gallery on The Commons on Flickr

    ¬†Three girls making a “sandman” at the beach by State Library and Archives of Florida

    Library of Congress Gallery on The Commons on Flickr

    Portrait of Albert Einstein and Others (1879-1955), Physicist by Smithsonian Institution

    Mercury 7 by San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

    Library of Congress Gallery on The Commons on Flickr

    Soldier’s comrades watching him as he sleeps, Thievpal, France, during World War I by National Library of Scotland

    Library of Congress Gallery on The Commons on Flickr

    One wheel motor cycle by Nationaal Archief

    Library of Congress Gallery on The Commons on Flickr

    Stockholm, Sweden by Swedish National Heritage Board

    Library of Congress Gallery on The Commons on Flickr

    An American soldier with a joey, 1942 by Australian War Memorial collection

    Skeleton by Tyne & Wear Archives and Museum

    Library of Congress Gallery on The Commons on Flickr

    The Fifties in 3D by The National Archives UK

    Library of Congress Gallery on The Commons on Flickr

    Celebrations, Flatekval, 1898 by Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane

    Library of Congress Gallery on The Commons on Flickr

    Baby and a dog on a sailing ship by Australian National Maritime Museum

    Library of Congress Gallery on The Commons on Flickr
    Woman in bathing suit at edge of stream near Paradise Glacier ice cave, Mount Rainier National Park
     by UW Digital Collections


  • The “Life in a Day” Documentary

    August 10th, 2011  —  Leave a Comment

    What would we see if thousands of people across the globe documented their lives in a single day, and a bold, visionary filmmaker took the footage (4,500 minutes worth!) and turned it into a 90-minute piece? “Life in a Day.” Directed by Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald, this historic film is comprised of videos that were uploaded on YouTube by thousands of users on June 24, 2010. I learned about the project last summer, and was definitely intrigued. It opened in select theatres across the country on July 29, and I can’t wait to see it this week. We’ve heard that the reviews are fantastic. If you’ve had a chance to see “Life in a Day,” what did you think?

  • ONA Participating in Travel + Leisure’s Photo Contest!

    July 15th, 2011  —  Leave a Comment

    Travel + Leisure is hosting a photo contest, and giving you a chance to win some pretty awesome prizes and be published in Travel + Leisure magazine! We’re honored that they’ve selected our Union Street bag as the prize for the month of October! Until then, there’s lots of great photos to take and great stuff to be won. And the grand prize winner will walk away with an ultra dreamy trip to South Africa.

    Ok, so how do you participate? Simply select the open contests you’d like to enter (each month has a theme) and upload your photos. T+L editors will select the top 10 photos each month and the T+L community will vote to select one winner each month through December. Check¬†out the official contest rules here and start submitting your pics. Good luck!

  • Cinemagraph Challenge

    June 30th, 2011  —  Leave a Comment

    Check out Gizmodo’s latest Shooting Challenge and create your very own cinemagraph. Photographers¬†Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg (who recently hosted a giveaway for our new Brooklyn satchel) are masters, to say the least, of this awesome technique.¬† We thought you might like to learn how to create your own! Visit for more info on the shooting challenge and to find cinemagraph tutorials.

    (Photo credit: Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg)

  • The 25 Best Places to Photograph

    June 14th, 2011  —  Leave a Comment

    Check out the gorgeous photos on Pop Photo’s list of The 25 Best Places to Photograph. If you could travel anywhere in the world to take photos, where would you go? (Photo credit: Alison Wright)

  • Get Inspired: Photo Magic From Matthew Albanese

    May 2nd, 2011  —  Leave a Comment

    Need a little inspiration to kick your creativity into high gear? Check out This cool blog features fresh finds in everything from advertising, architecture, and design to music, photography, and fashion. One of our favorite recent posts is the piece on the work of photographer and diaorama artist, Matthew Albanese. Click on the image below for a glimpse into how Matthew makes his magic.

  • Swagger 360: Photographer Karl-Edwin Guerre

    March 20th, 2011  —  2 Comments

    Street style photographer Karl-Edwin Guerre, and his blog – Swagger 360 – are the focus of this piece on style, fashion, and photography inspiration. Directed by Olivier Lalin.

    Swagger 360 interview with Karl Edwin Guerre during fashion week in Paris from olivierlalin on Vimeo.

  • Douglas Sonders’ 2010 Photography Gift Guide

    December 3rd, 2010  —  Leave a Comment

    Many thanks to world-renowned photographer and filmmaker, Douglas Sonders, for including ONA in his 2010 Photography Gadget Gift Guide. Check out the guide for some cool gift ideas here.