Creative: Have the Guts

Disclaimer: I think I’m about to purchase a Fuji XT-2 and two lenses. Having said this. You have to have the guts. Now, the definition of guts changes from person to person. The best work I’ve ever done came from … Read More

Creative: Paper Mounts

Downtown. 5th and Broadway. Where old friends meet while new talk from the seat. Sun shards off the sealed frames from above. Class and metal but below is the rush of flesh. There are issues here, like the super-low tide … Read More

Creative: ESSAY, Issue Three Sneak Peek

Okay, I’m finding my stride. This feels really good now. Ideas, thoughts, test books, prints, experimentations, transgressions, etc. Issue Three, sneak peek. “Notes from California,” which will be an ongoing theme here at Shifter/ESSAY. Single shots, single servings. Journal notes. … Read More

Creative: The Theatre

Hey folks, testing a new form of delivery here. Let me know what you think. Like it? Hate it? Confused? Jealous of my tech mastery? Hadn’t seen Eric in a while. The last time was Vegas on bikes. Heat, wind, … Read More

Creative: Photography Advice, Ignore Me

Thinking about joining the artillery club. Notice the Blurb blue Chucks people. Going the extra mile for all of you. At some point you have to ignore everyone, including me, if you want to put your work into the world. … Read More

Creative: Blandscapes, Nate Matos

I’ve featured Nate here many times before, but he keeps doing creative things so it’s not like I can stop featuring him anytime soon. I admitted I was officially jealous and angry of his prolific contributions. But I’m not nearly … Read More

Creative: Photography Advice, Let it Be

Doing some deep cover research. We live in a world consumed by rushing work to market, but as they say “speed kills.” Letting something be, like your photography, allows the work to marinate and allows for the work to become … Read More

Creative: Photography Advice, Sponsorship

Okay, this might be more of a public service announcement than anything else. Anyone who has worked for a company that can provide photographic sponsorship knows the peril of this reality. It can get ugly out there. The volume of … Read More

Creative: Newport Journal

Couple of old friends in town yesterday. Some of you might recognize them. Just strolling at sunset so we could talk photography, equipment, books, equipment, photography, equipment, gear, but primarily we focused on keeping to the topic at hand. Equipment. … Read More

Creative: Photography Advice, Pillars

One of my favorite books is “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom” by T.E Lawrence. This book got me thinking about pillars of being a photographer. Three things quickly came to mind. A fourth thrown in for good measure. When I … Read More

Creative: “ESSAY” the New Series

OKAY PEOPLE. I WROTE THIS POST WEEKS AGO. THIS SERIES IS GOING LIVE BUT SO MANY THINGS HAVE CHANGED. I’M GOING TO POST THIS POST ANYWAY THEN FILL YOU IN ON THE DETAILS AS I MOVE ALONG. AM AS EXCITED … Read More

Creative: Shooting Again

I’m possessed. Or perhaps I’m possessed again. The idea of getting back in the field to make photographs is rapidly heading toward reality. Even the idea of it is beginning to possess me. It won’t be the same. The time, … Read More

Creative: Photography Advice, Be More

Writing at Machu Picchu. I could add another point I forgot about. Learn an instrument. Anything. Kazoo. Guitar. Drums. Whatever. Music is another language and opens doors in life. S^%$, I forgot something else. Point number seven. Exercise. Might sound … Read More

Creative: Look3 Journal Two

Slow drain. Residue. Left behind once the images make impact. You can’s unsee, unlearn but what you can do is ignore. And we do, but I’m here to tell you something. Look enough and you can’t ignore, or forget. What … Read More

Creative: Look3 Journal One

Fireflies. Streaked like missile trails. Incoming through the muggy Virginia lush. I want to love it here. Rolling, these hills. Like you would want them to be, but mountains on the horizon through the streaked windshield revealing my ignorance. The … Read More

Creative: Armed with Rubber Chickens

I love being blamed for things. Such is the case with “Armed with Rubber Chickens” a book brought to you by photographer/editor Andrew Molitor. This is a custom book. An 8×10 softcover, a collaboration amongst photographers, then edited, designed and … Read More