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    August 1st, 2014  —  1 Comment

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    Note: image courtesy of Eric Kelley and Elan Klein. See what’s in Eric’s Leather Bowery and Astoria here

  • Where ONA Goes: Greece with Adrian Wood

    July 31st, 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.

    Adrian Wood + Greece + ONA

    Adrian wears the Presidio Camera Strap in Smoke.

    The ONA team is based in New York City: we’re no strangers to calling one of the world’s top tourist destinations home. But we’re still just a little envious of Adrian Wood: not only does he shoot destination weddings in the world’s most beautiful places, but he also gets to go home to a Kefalonia, a gorgeous Greek island.  His photos are influenced by island life: wide open skies and incredible natural light effortlessly enhance engagements, elopements and weddings. Adrian carries the Union Street Messenger Bag in Ranger Tan and wears the Presidio Camera Strap while shooting–or just when relaxing on his beach at home.

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  • #TellStories InstaMeet

    July 29th, 2014  —  1 Comment

    We celebrated the launch of the Sahel Strap, a collaboration that directly supports charity: water operations, with an Instameet in Brooklyn on Sunday. Hosted by the super-talented and uber-friendly Cubby Graham, a group of more than 50 Instagrammers gathered on the East River waterfront to #TellStories. The ONA team is constantly in awe of our community of photographers: it is such a joy and a creative inspiration to connect offline!

    #TellStories ONA x charity: water Instameet

    Thank you so much to everyone who came out and shared their stories: our only regret is that we didn’t get a group shot of  everyone! We love the beautiful images you captured, but mostly we’re so grateful that we had the opportunity to meet you and enjoy a beautiful Sunday afternoon–and a beer and a cupcake–with you. Congratulations to Chris Tackett and Eddie Pearson for winning a Sahel Strap with their compelling stories, shared below.

    #TellStories ONA x charity: water Instameet

    Photo by @christackettThe skylines of Manhattan and Brooklyn are dotted with water tanks like this one in Williamsburg, BK. They add architectural interest and make for some interesting photos, but did you know many of these water towers are still functioning and not just leftover relics of the past? It’s true! Without tanks, buildings taller than six stories have trouble providing enough water pressure throughout the building, so wooden or steel tanks store water on the roof and refill via pumps as the tenants use the water. During the @CharityWaterwalk yesterday, I couldn’t help but notice the towers around Williamsburg and be reminded how easy it is for us to take for granted our access to clean, safe water. According to Charity: Water, 800 million people don’t have access to clean drinking water. And even for those of us that do, our water sources face constant threat from drought, livestock production, energy projects and industrial pollution. Water is precious, so remember to use only what you need, support companies that conserve natural resources and give to organizations like Charity: Water that aim to prevent sickness, reduce suffering and improve quality of life for people around the world, one clean water well at a time. #TellStories

    #TellStories ONA x charity: water Instameet

    Photo by @eddiepearsonThere are times in peoples lives when they might say “I wonder what would’ve happened if….”. I’m really glad I didn’t have to say that about yesterday. I’ve never in my life thought that I would finally know why the word “community” on Instagram was always mentioned. Now I do. I met thee most eclectic, positive group of individual’s yesterday. People that were so kind to share their stories with me. I’ve always had a love for hearing about someone’s humble beginnings. I now have found another calling. All because 40+ random people decided to group up on the N 5th pier in BK. Thanks guys #tellstories

    We’ve shared a few images from the meet below, but please follow the #TellStories hashtag on Instagram to see more, and keep tagging your photos with #TellStories!

    #TellStories ONA x charity: water Instameet

    Photo of ONA founder Tracy Foster by @jorgeq.

    #TellStories ONA x charity: water Instameet

    @cestchristine from ONA, @cubbygraham from charity: water and @mckenziebarney from Moment Lenses!

    #TellStories ONA x charity: water InstameetPhoto by @eye_akwinta.

    #TellStories ONA x charity: water InstameetPhoto by @michaelc32123.
    #TellStories ONA x charity: water InstameetPhoto by @kirstenalana.

    #TellStories ONA x charity: water InstameetPhoto by @tanya_alexis.#TellStories ONA x charity: water InstameetPhoto by @angelamiuzc.

    #TellStories ONA x charity: water Instameet Photo by @jessicasherrets.
    #TellStories ONA x charity: water Instameet Photo by @stefankarlstrom.

    #TellStories ONA x charity: water Instameet

    Thanks so much to everyone who attended! We already can’t wait to plan our next NYC Instameet.

  • 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

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  • What’s In Eric’s Astoria and Bowery

    July 10th, 2014  —  1 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

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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  —  13 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. 

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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