farm city!

bridge to nowhere.

July 30, 2010
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specter. street art / graffiti. north america.

These photos are just a small sample of specter’s work. He/She uses the urban landscape, merging installation with abandoned buildings, in derelict neighbourhoods, forgotten environments.
Both of these projects, the ‘bridge to nowhere’ and ‘cardboard gates’, are located in Toronto, but specter also has a bunch of work up in New York City.
I like the fusion of graffiti / art / architecture.
You can see more (including a really great series of life-size portraits of homeless people in New York) here.



July 29, 2010
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swollen. graphic design duo. dublin, ireland.

This series of ‘taping’ images were produced in collaboration with studioseventyseven photography for the band “the wounded knees.”
Swollen is Rory McCormick and Rossi McAuley.

summer / food / fun.

July 28, 2010
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I just came from my friend Dave’s afternoon, mid-week farm market. He’s growing some really great shit.
I bought eggs and carrots and herbs and lettuces and onions and tomatoes and tri-coloured beans and zucchini.
Inspired. Gonna make some summer foods.

printed matters.

July 27, 2010
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Hatch Show Print. Letterpress Posters. Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Hatch Show Printers has been printing (mostly) music posters since 1879. Unfortunately for me (and you, if you also like old printed matter + archived ephemera), they only started archiving their posters in the 1970s. One Hundred Years of Lost Letterpress Posters. Ah well. They’re still making neat stuff and I’m glad to see they’re doing well enough to warrant an article in Forbes magazine.
My favourite is definitely the Wilco Cityscape.
Analog, what?!


July 23, 2010
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on the south side.

July 22, 2010
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Michael L. Abramson. Photographer. Chicago.

Michael Abramson took these great photos of funky crowds at shows in Chicago’s South Side in the 1970s. The photos are published in a book by Numero Group, accompanied by a 2-LP soundtrack of Chicago’s sweet soul.

old photos! books!

July 6, 2010
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More vernacular photos from America’s past. All of these were found at Square America, a really fucking great website / collection of found photos, interesting subjects, nostalgia & sentiment.
These particular pictures of people reading were found, interestingly enough, in a gallery called ‘The Readers’.
I was drawn to the old photos of people with books, but the galleries range from ship life in Vietnam to 1930s mugshots to spanking fetishes of old.

coming through slaughter.

July 5, 2010
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E.J. Bellocq. Photographer. New Orleans. 1873-1949.

Like most good things, I first heard of Bellocq in a novel by Michael Ondaatje.
Bellocq’s photos feature the prostitutes of Storyville, New Orleans’ legalized red light district around the turn of the last century.
A good example of vernacular photography, I think.

a love letter for you.

July 2, 2010
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Stephen Powers. Artist. Muralist. Philadelphia + NYC. USA.

Stephen Powers used to write ‘ESPO’ in NYC. Now he’s painting great murals in Philly.
I first heard of him in the documentary film Beautiful Losers.
Love Letter is his project with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. It seems to me that every city should have its own Mural Arts Program, ya?
Check out more of his mural work here.