Organic Reprisal

Awash on Bali

Awash on Bali

We leave the troubled shores of the US soon, for the exotic environs of Indonesia where Donna Von Hoesslin’s creative muse lies, on the Isle of Bali. We are a tightly knit crew, who all will donate time and our own efforts in a collaborative endeavor to contribute to something that matters, and in the process, create something beautiful and compelling.

The excursion will be a little different than Donna’s usual solo pilgrimage to her mecca of creativity and harmonic bliss. This time she brings along a group of young women whose names have become synonymous with her Ventura based fashion accessory company, Betty Belts-Betty B.

The group will experience the process of design and symbiosis that occurs between US and Balinese culture through the sustainable philosophy of Donna’s eco based product line.

Taking an ensemble of beautiful, talented young women, and throwing them into the chaos, mayhem and exotic allure that is this ancient Hindu based culture, will launch the crew on a voyage of discovery, designed to acquaint the uninitiated with what really goes on behind the scenes in developing the humanitarian ethics of this unique company, whose product line is emblazoned with the names of an extensive collection of powerful and talented women.

Myself, and film makers Aaron Marcellino, and Jason Wolcott will take the viewer on a richly textured, exotic and visceral look at Balinese culture, that examines the impact one woman’s personal vision can have on two very separate worlds as we produce a film, magazine feature work, and art.

So off to Bali we go soon, where we will get to spend time with David Booth (see one of his projects here), whose East Bali Poverty Project transforms the world by educating one child at a time, one village at a time, in the remote communities of Bali. David changes the world through his vision of implementing sustainable solutions. We are blessed that he has invited us to contribute.

Mary Osborne, Jeanette Ortiz, Hailey and Sierra Partridge are physically very attractive women. But having traveled and trained with them, even doing Ocean Rescue and operations training with Shawn Alladio of K38 Rescue, I have seen them demonstrate their prodigiously considerable skills in the most stressful environments imaginable.

What the four bring to any creative and ambitious project’s table is so far beyond modeling, surfing or any of the action sport related activities that they are experts in. I would go anywhere with them and rely on them to watch over me. There are not many people in the world that I would entrust myself to. But I do them.

Seth Godin here on taking initiative.

Though I do not know exactly the nature of what will happen, I do know this, that a lot of love heads from our little corner of the world, in this unique visit to a land and people who are remarkable. We will see, and listen, and hear.

I love this. It is so this endeavor. As my friend Drew Kampion has suggested, regarding what we will produce: “Get weird”. We are about to. But then we already are. Why else would we go? Oh yea, that’s right: love.

I have tools

I have tools

Mary, Jeanette, Hailey, Sierra and Shawn ORT Graduation

Mary, Jeanette, Hailey, Sierra and Shawn ORT Graduation

Donna's Road Vision

Donna's Road Vision

Jeanette and Adam: ZDesert Shoot

Jeanette and Adam: ZDesert Shoot

Hailey, Sierra and Gidget for Hobie Swim

Hailey, Sierra and Gidget for Hobie Swim

Mary: Mexico: 40's pinup shoot

Mary: Mexico: 40's pinup shoot

Hailey in Stewart and Brown for Betty B

Hailey in Stewart and Brown for Betty B

Jeanette: Ventura Dawn

Jeanette: Ventura Dawn

Mary: For Patagonia

Mary: For Patagonia

Donna Von Hoesslin: Global Sensibilities

Donna Von Hoesslin: Global Sensibilities

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20 Responses to “Organic Reprisal”

  1. The world is the vision you give sight to.

    Go forth and mulitply goodwill.

    There can never be enough positive directions.

  2. Anne Stone says:

    talk about having some tools! (although you know i wanna make a horrible joke about having a tool – LOL I crack myself up)

    I know whatever comes out of this adventure will be something beautiful to behold, can hardly wait to see the results.

  3. 11 more days until this vision will be in action… :) I can’t wait!

  4. admin says:

    Anne, as all my friends know and Tom will tell you, I AM a tool!

  5. admin says:

    A dream come true for Bali as well as us all!

  6. admin says:

    Thanks for educating them Shawn!

  7. Feargus says:

    Guys best of luck on all endeavours for the trip. I,m not gonna mention the tool box David but can you give a warning at the top of your postswhen your posting pictures of all the scantily clad beautiful women you photograph I”m meant to be at work here.
    Just kidding have a great time looking forward to the reports from there.

  8. admin says:

    Feargus, leave it to you to read between my lines. :0)
    I hope that I get some time to post from Bali!

  9. Ed Brenegar says:

    David, you obviously need a “tool sherpa” for this trip. Wow!

    Looking forward to synergy of beauty and making a difference.

    Godspeed in ya’ll’s travels.

  10. Sean Davey says:

    Wow Dave, you sure do have a lot of gear. You taking all that with you? I’m the opposite these days. I keep it it all as minimal as possible now. But if you have someone covering the expenses, not so bad… Have a great time.


  11. admin says:

    Hahahah NO I am NOT. Shooting this all on the 5DM2 the RebelT1i and two HD mini Dv direct to drive mini dv’s Sean! Yea I gots toooooolllllls. :0)

  12. admin says:

    Ah thanks Ed! Blessings my friend.

  13. Jon says:

    “I have tools”

    aka – check out my huge pen….oh wait.

  14. admin says:

    Hahaha oh darn, the apple did NOT fall too far from the tree son. RUN ladies.

  15. gayle says:

    The sign in “Donna’s Road Vision” shoud read “Road Widens” to reflect Donna’s ability to embrace more, not less, as she travels life’s path. Then again, she is willing to run the “narrow” joyously toward its horizon, so maybe not. This image celebrates Donna, life and the nuances of the English language. I love it!

  16. Kara Block says:

    GO GET”EM… and, love and light on your travels!

  17. admin says:

    Thanks Kara!

  18. admin says:

    Ah so!

  19. *~Diane~* says:

    Dave’s new quiver! – I cannot believe you didn’t insist that I come & be your “main” model. With my new found 25lbs, I am quite the sexy “beached whale” image. Ha ha. Love you guys, be safe!

  20. admin says:

    Diane beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you are always stunning!

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