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fotos + essay, underscore magazine_121514

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after a brief hiatus,?singapore’s underscore magazine?has relaunched with its?’arrival’ issue. included amongst its pages are two essays?of note; one by 65daysofstatic guitarist joe shrewsbury ? a?piece?which in fact opens the magazine; the other i wrote to accompany some photographs i took of a post-hurricane sandy manhattan?2 years ago.

here’s an excerpt from the latter ?

as i?walked around captivated by the things i?saw, i?stopped occasionally to send messages to the internet using my phone. observations, sensations and imagery as i?best i?could translate into words, shivering slightly with excitement in this unkempt, eerily unfamiliar, home city of mine.

“brooklyn reaches out its sparkling arm of a bridge tonight, cars dripping down it. the inky towers of manhattan stare quietly back.”

“a?family quietly opens a hydrant with all their tupperware waiting thirstily in the trunk of a car.”

“the occasional cab down a street reveals people on benches, talking together in the dark. shivering cigarette tips like fireflies.”

“expensive apartment blocks dead monoliths bathed in moonlight. candlelit windows flicker here and there, like everyone?s watching TV in sepia.”

and so on.

you can read the rest of the essay here, and you can see the original set of photographs i took here.

of course?nothing compares to owning an original copy of underscore. the latest issues is hardbound with?canvas and sports a?handwritten cover.?if you have the means, do grab yourself a copy.

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cheers,

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ten years (v)_030613

ten year party poster

2013 marks the 10 year anniversary of the founding of our company, version industries. to celebrate the occasion we threw a party at the cake shop in manhattan, new york. it was a magical affair to say the least, with friends and collaborators flying in from europe and all over the US to be a part of it.

we created a poster and an engraved, acid-burned copper plate to commemorate the occasion. these we gave out to those in attendance. the plate itself of course inspired by the late joy division’s record sleeve for their song,?love will tear us apart.?each plate’s lettering was hammered in by giles and myself personally.?both the concept and the treatment just seemed apt somehow.

copper plate
copper plate

the following are some photographs from the night, which consisted of food, drinks, live music, dancing, glowsticks and all manner of other madness. none of which would of course be possible without incredible performances from?SONOIO, makeup and vanity set and BELLS?, and of course the?help of andy boder and all the other fantastic people working at the cake shop.

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thank you a million times over to everyone who’s ever asked us to work for them in any capacity. we are only still here because of you and you’ve quite frankly given us a reason to live. not to mention a chance to see some of those ridiculous dreams we had as children realized.

here’s to you.

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