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: Essay, Issue One, Update one

Yesterday was my first post in regard to my new series Essay. I started that post by saying that many things have changed. I wanted to document these changes because, in my experience, this is how all projects come about. … Read More

Creative: Documentum

The guy known for deleting his social media is posting about a publication dedicated to Instagram. But hear me out. One of my rubs with IG has always been how people consume the images. Typically it’s firehose style as opposed … Read More

Creative: The Leica File 24

Have a listen to the backstory that goes with this image and this series. Palermo, Paris, Tijuana and New York. All shot with Ze Leica. Poof I make a picture.

Creative: Blurb Tips 0008 Typography

Yet another tip in a long line of Blurb tips. Bookmaking is an art form that takes practice, study, skill and desire. But, you have to start somewhere and making mistakes is where the fun really begins. Today we talk … Read More

Print: Gig Magazine, Justin Thor Simenson

I’ve written about Justin and Gig Magazine before, but I wanted to feature him here on Shifter. Welcome to Gig Magazine. I dig the Hell out of this. One guy, a desire and boom….a magazine. I keep waiting to see … Read More

Print: Chloe Ferres Boom

You won’t find a more creative Blurb user than Chloe Ferres. I met Chloe in Sydney a little less than two years ago. I was in my second, three-hour presentation of the day and there was this young woman two … Read More

Print: Andrew Kaufman’s Baselgeddon Novela

A new novela from Miami based Andrew Kaufman. Kaufman has produced two traditionally published books as well as a range of other independent publications including a series of editioned Blurb books. These books look and feel like the content of … Read More

Just Listen: Structure, Cockatoo Island

Looks can be deceiving. They always are. A jingle of sound and metal and history and space. I’m here right now, right this second. I might be the ONLY one hearing what’s here. It’s nice to be an insider on … Read More

Just Listen: Trinh, Cockatoo Island

Garry is a legend. Understated. Quiet. Funny. He’s a real witness. Not like the rest of us. He watches and I mean really watches. He has to because when you see his work you realize he’s seeing a different reality. … Read More

Just Listen: Cicada, Blue Mountains

I’ve been finding these since I was a child. I do the same thing every time. Put it on my hand and look at it. Just a shell. Go to the Korean spa and get a scrub. Same thing will … Read More

Just Listen: Couple, Blue Mountains

The falloff is grand. The scale translated by the whiteness of wing all those K’s down. There isn’t anyone out there people. It’s the way it’s supposed to be. Just drink it in and seal it in and remember what … Read More

Just Listen: Shadows, Cockatoo Island

Get in a line. Do it for me now. Please. Out of film but soon a small pile of metal, plastic and paper liters the ground. Don’t worry, I picked it up. Just about form here. An exercise for my … Read More

Just Listen: Opera House, Sydney

The Opera House is what people think of when they think of Sydney. It’s easy. I happened to attend an event inside the Opera House, and I can say it’s worth the effort. Sydney is beautiful, and bathed in that … Read More

Just Listen: Chloe, Cockatoo Island

This girl smolders. Like the soot on the walls of this place. You’ll see. The future is her roadmap but she’s driving now. Already out there making things, and with a foundation I found commendable and honest. (Yes, there’s an … Read More

Just Listen: Fountain, Sydney

This is an image I told myself not to take. And here we are. It happens. The camera is unfolded. I’m itching to make something, and the way I see it this building and fountain got in the way. Oh … Read More

Just Listen: Harbor, Sydney

There is something about a good harbor that gets my juices flowing. Cruise ships get my juices flowing but in a different way. They are strange beasts filled with strange people heading to strange lands to that they can eat … Read More

Just Listen: Carving, Blue Mountains

You have to really want to do this. No short timers here. This is in our DNA, storytelling via stone. Been there from the beginning. Today the reasons might be under suspicion but the story is the same. Look, remember, … Read More