It feels a little strange to me, to have a website about myself.
But I feel like I needed to do it.
I like having a slew of content on disparate platforms and social media sites. I thrive on all of the interaction and connectivity, but in my mind, its still important to own your name in a URL and to take the time, if you are a digital native, to explain a little about what you are up to. The content on this site features some of the things I like, and things I like to do. I’ve also included a smattering of samples of my personal creative work.
This site also serves as a portfolio, as much as anything else. And as is true with most portfolios, it is waaaay behind in publishing my prodigious output! I cant keep up, its ridiculous to even try.
Not surprisingly to those who know me personally, a number of personal interests compliment my “new business” business life, and in a decidedly “non-renaissance age”, I have been described as somewhat of a renaissance man (no smirking please..c’mon!).
This observation made by a friend, is probably due to my mashup of interests: imagery-driven marketing and messaging, content strategy and development, and storytelling, in a marketing and sales context .
A deep love and a boat load of new business (the nexus of sales and marketing) experience in digital media, branding, publishing, editorial and content development powers me. I like being creative when given the opportunity, and actually look at new business, as a creative endeavor.
Experience has taught me, you damn well better be creative, if you expect to get someones business. The world is a tough place and companies (people really) spend their money carefully, and want to be assured of a return. Every spend is viewed as an investment, every dollar needs to return 1.25.
I am always interested in hearing about new opportunities, so please, let me know what brought you here.
Email me > stephenberner(@)me.com
It was a rainy, kind of crappy cold day in March in California when I finally got to get a close look at a bike that I’d seen before, but not gotten up tight and personal with. I’d spied the beginning of the machine taking shape, a frame and a few tin parts, while visiting Custom Design Studio in Novato California some many moons ago and It was pretty cool to be able take a look at the bike in its fully finished state – no longer a fresh, out of the box bauble.
So during a busy weekend at the Custom Chrome Dealer Show in Santa Clara, Kirk and I rolled this machine out onto the loading dock behind the venue, gave it a final wipe and there ya have it, Sacred, a bike built by Kirk Taylor at Custom Design Studios – in tribute to our mutual, departed friend Johnny Chop. Plain and simple.
This long shuttered fabric treatment and dying facility is typical of many East Coast industrial complexes that were built to serve a number of wars and a growing America. It’s a patchwork of buildings, areas, processes, catwalks and huge machinery, such as walk-in Autoclaves . You have fabric treatment next to fabric dying, next to fabric drying – giant machines, many of them with open flames, pits of solvents and bolts of fabric all butted up against one another – a sure recipe for disaster under any circumstance and if all of the signage in the plant is any indication – fires were a regular occurrence.read more
Another look at what is happening to America’s industrial resources.read more
A new book on E-Fab is available on Blurb. See some of Lock Baker’s great machines, up close and personal.read more
TPJ specializes in designing in and building unique, highly refined V-Twin customs, some of the leanest, cleanest around.
We dare you to find an ounce of fat in a TPJ machine! Take a look and see if you don’t agree!
45dgree has published it’s first book on motorcycles – and Kraus Motor Company is the company I’ve decided to roll out with first.
Please take a look at this book, it is the first in what will be a ongoing series featuring the best the V-Twin industry has to offer.
Abandoned America_2 is out and it is sure to strike joy into the hearts of those who enjoy abandonment & dereliction.
You can get it here on Blurb and as with all of the Abandoned America Series, I wil only print 100 of them and then – they are gone!
I will be happy to sign your edition at no charge and will arrange that with you through email, post purchase.
Thanks for the support folks!read more
I have compiled my first images from my Psych Hospital visits (ha!) into a Blurb offering.
Bless the internet and it’s myriad of creative support service Companies like Blurb that allow artists to self publish.
i hope you enjoy this first, limited edition picture book.
The journey begins when you leave the comforts of home behind
When you have the time to do as you please; with no firm agenda other than a return date
When your batteries are charged, your memory card empty and your tank full – you can begin collecting experiences anew
A blessing not many can count – be thankful you have this wanderlust in your genes
And have a country vast enough to satisfyread more