It is so hot in here even the walls are sweating. But this is no ordinary night at the Crystal Club strip club. Tonight, on the third day of the Strøm festival, the stripper podium holds ghetto house and Dance Mania legend Victor Parris Mitchell. Victor is laying down some seriously dirty and sweaty beats, turning the tiny packed room into a sauna.
At our website magic making company Coffee and Magic, Charlene and I are happy and proud to have launched quite a few sites lately (and there are many more to come). A few days ago, we had the great pleasure of launching Shifter – a new web project from Daniel Milnor (of Smogranch fame). Shifter is very different from Smogranch and features a lot of extremely interesting new content. To quote Daniel Milnor:
Shifter lives at the intersection of sound, form and voice, acting as both a visual experience as well as an archive of the creative life. Audio interviews, portraiture, long-form essay and the almighty power of the print merge to form a site that seeks to find and display what drives those who shift our perspective on life as we know it.
Personally, I am very humbled to be featured in a Dispatches interview on Shifter. We did the interview in September in Los Angeles, at Daniel Milnor’s home – the Smogranch – and it was a lot of fun. Oh, minutes after the interview, Charlene made this awesome and hilarious portrait of two cowboys hanging out after a hard days work.
We worked hard and fast on Shifter and developed it in less than a month, and are very happy with the result. If you’d like a Coffee and Magic website give us a holler.
Badlands, South Dakota. For years this place has had a strange draw on me. I am not sure why, a combination of dreaming of this place, the very name itself – and possibly the Terrence Malick movie. A few weeks ago, after a long drive from Britton in the northeast corner of South Dakota and all across South Dakota, a dream became reality as we entered Badlands National Park on a very warm Thursday afternoon.
The place is so vast and overwhelming, I never figure out how to frame it in my camera and make a picture that represents what I am feeling. My mind is somewhat stunned by a dream becoming reality. We have two hours of daylight in the park and plan to return.But it rains the next three days and that afternoon turns out to be the only visit to Badlands. Perhaps it is better that way. Badlands still seems equally a dream and a reality.