‘The Great Divide’ is a new series of images from the Seattle-based photographer Nich Hance McElroy. McElroy has an eye for capturing the hardship seen in nature and nearly every image he takes shows the landscape at it’s most unforgiving. Yet his photographs also show the beauty that exists within this grim world too. There are horses, mountains and vintage cars to be seen amid these surroundings.
Like any great photographer, McElroy allows us to enter his world and shows it to us through his own eyes. It may be a troubling place but it is also filled with beauty and splendor and it would seem that McElroy wouldn’t want it any other way. Make sure to check out the full series of ‘The Great Divide’ here as it comes highly recommended.
Abandoned buildings have always creeped me out. It’s unsettling to fumble between decaying walls, where you’re likely to find… well, who knows what rusty-and-mold-covered joys. There’s a strange feeling with you, as you intrude into the past like this. But if there is a kind of abandoned place that should be amusing, it would have to be an amusement park, right?
Maybe not. Above are eerie pictures taken by David Gray of an amusement park abandoned durring its construction: Wonderland. 20 miles outside of Beijing, the site could have become the largest amusement park in Asia, that is if developers hadn’t run into “disagreements with the local government and farmers over property prices.” So instead of becoming Wonderland, the long rows of corn have remained growing, defining the edges of what could have become long rows of parked cars or crowded lines of people waiting for a roller coaster.
Maybe that’s what so strange about this series of photos– it’s the future from the past– where galvanized ambitions turned rusty and there’s mysterious darkness where you would hope to find shelter. Wonderland is a place where the corn won. All that’s left are steel skeletons of buildings, some with thin and stylized veneers, and the tracks of famers, kids and the occasional photographer. It makes for a compelling series of photos, but it doesn’t seem like a very amusing place.
I came across the work of Alex Webb over on Lens, The New York Times photo blog, a photographic genius who’s been shooting for the last 30 years. He sees himself as a street photographer, but one that explores more areas than just the streets. His work proves his statement, as evidenced by the photos above and the photos in this Lens slideshow. To learn more about Alex, click here to read the interview he did with Lens.
Simplifying my life has been another big goal, and I think I’ve been pretty successful at this in most areas. One place I have managed to trim down is my keychain, which you can see above. There’s not a whole lot there – two keys, the sensor to get into my building and a pocket knife. The other two things are what I wanted to point out, my bottle opener by Makr, and my leather key ring by Me and Arrow.
First, the bottle opener by Makr, which is technically a “bottle key”, is something I bought in SF when I was there in September. It’s simple, it’s brass, it doesn’t look like a bottle opener, and that’s why I love it. You could even have this carved into a real key if you wanted to. That’s the beauty of an object like this, that it doesn’t stand out.
The leather key ring by Me and Arrow was something I picked up over the weekend. I realized I didn’t have a proper key ring, just one of those flimsy rings that was sure to break at any time. It’s not fancy, just a bit of leather in the shape of the end of an arrow, but I love having a beautiful material like leather in my pocket.
Hopefully this inspires you to lighten your keychain load.
It’s only been recently that I’ve decided to opt for a nice pair of headphones, after trying out Kyle’s Sony MDR-V150′s.True audiophiles may balk, but consider this: I’ve used iPod headphones my entire life. The one thing I’ve noticed though is that there’s never really a great place to put my headphones, they’re just large enough to awkward. So when I spotted this MacHook by Workerman, I realized it was a perfect and elegant solution.
The MacHook is made in the USA from Baltic Birch, sealed with an all natural wax finish, and sticks to your computer with “nano-suction technology”, which sounds made up to me, but I’ll give them the benefit of a doubt. Major props to Adam Brackney for creating a really smart solution.