Leta Sobierajski, a Brooklyn based designer chilling in New York, caught my eye with this sort of cuckoo collection of still life designs and random ideas that she put together. I mean that literally, she describes the section on her site as, “A selection of personal projects and bits and pieces that can’t quite fit anywhere else.” I’m personally glad that she compiled them all together because as random as they are, I’d totally buy a book of this stuff. Sure, it might all be electrical tape, Ritz Crackers, and grapefruits, but the execution is flawless. You can see more below or by visiting her site here.
Joe Nigel Coleman is an Australian photographer currently living in Newcastle, New South Wales. His series Mirage is particularly striking. Presenting nature with a lo-fi twist, his images feel raw and intimidate, and there’s something really engaging in the apologetically grainy nature of his photographs.
The New York Times has put together their 2013: The Year in Pictures feature which, as always, is a powerful look at the past 12 months told through the images their photographers have taken. Featured are a number of powerful photos that show the tragedies of the year, but also the joyous moments as well. Culture editor Dana Jennings sums it up nicely:
The year, of course, wasn’t all blood and guts, and these photos reflect that, too: ballgames were played, marriages made, Shakespeare performed — whether the government shut down or not. I found myself hooked hardest by those images that seized the rare quiet moment, scenes that pirouetted away from hype and cliché, showing us at our most human, and our most vulnerable.
In Western culture we often measure our happiness by the things we own. The more stuff you have the happier you are. With that in mind, it’s quite humbling to see these photos by Huang Qingjun which show Chinese families and all of their possessions in one photo. Perhaps I’m romanticizing the plight of poor Chinese, but I feel like there’s something envious about the idea of living with so few things. Qingjun’s subjects range from all over the country, in all kinds of dwellings, which helps round out the idea.
Broken Manual is a stunning series of photographs created by Alec Soth over a four-year period between 2006 and 2010. Inspired by men who have become disillusioned by society, the series shows the lives of those who have chosen to remove themselves from civilization. Consisting of portraits, landscapes and images of their habitats, the resulting work is a strange, poignant and at times disturbing view of the mysterious lives of a handful of men. Made up of hippies, hermits, monks and survivalists, it’s an amazing look at those who choose to live off the grid.