After my mother was diagnosed with Huntingston’s Disease knowing she would likely one day lose most of her memories she decided to captioned a lot of her old photographs. The image above is a scanned image from a few years ago. From what I remember the caption for the image read: “Me, with friends, a year before Justin was born”. Reflecting on this now and why this otherwise mundane image has always stood out is the pleasure that my mother used me in this and many other images as a frame of reference.
My mother, circa 1986.
Happy Mother’s Day.
• 12 May 2013 • 5 notes
Todd McLellan must have a lot of fun at his job.
How else to explain someone who meticulously dismantles, then painstakingly rearranges hundreds of tiny parts of machinery. And that’s before he throws everything into the air.
The Toronto-based commercial photographer was the kind of kid who always took things apart, including an entire 1985 Hyundai Pony in secondary school. He said that if an object interested him, it would soon be in pieces.
“I’ve always had a technical grounding trying to figure out how things work,” he said in a phone interview.
That fascination followed him into adulthood, when he decided to disassemble 50 design classics for his book Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living. The objects range from modern “smart” technology to older things that he collected on the street and at thrift shops. He looked for objects that were outdated but still functioned.
“I remember thinking, ‘Wow, all this technology still works,’ ” he said.
To photograph the objects, he first tried conventional portraits but found the results “boring and stuffy.” Eventually he decided to take the objects completely apart and lay out all of the pieces on a white backdrop.
Things Come (Very, Very) Apart
Photo Credit: Todd McLellan/Courtesy of Thames & Hudson
(Source: nprradiopictures, via npr)
• 1 May 2013 • 981 notes
Driving from Santa Fe, NM to Alamosa, CO, October 2012.
• 28 April 2013 • 1 note
Driving somewhere between Tombstone, AZ and Albuquerque, NM, October 2012
• 17 April 2013 • 1 note
Just after sunrise, Home, Shaw Neighborhood, Washington, D.C.
• 24 March 2013 • 2 notes
Slow Down, SXSW, Austin, Texas, March 2013
I spent an evening just before sunset on top of a parking garage hanging out with friends. It’s amazing how peaceful it is just a few stories above the crowd below. It was this kind of unplanned escape I needed at this point in my trip - A moment to slow down and reflect.
• 21 March 2013 • 2 notes
American Dream, SXSW, Austin, Texas March 2013
The first frame was taken from the back of a pickup truck at a Redlight at the intersection of 7th St. and HWY 35 in Austin, Texas - The conversation went as followed - Me: “Holy shit dude, is that snake skin?” Biker: “Gator, it’s a Florida bike”.
Immediately after our exchange he turned to a group of younger kids on the sidewalk riding bicycles and asked if they wanted to race. The light turned Green, the biker raced the kids to the end of intersection smiling the entire way - Really happy dude, riding an absolutely terrifying looking Motorcycle.
• 19 March 2013 • 4 notes
William Tyler at The Parish (Top)
Torres at Cheer Up Charlie’s (Bottom Right)
American Hearts at The Sidebar (Bottom Left)
• 18 March 2013 • 3 notes
Katya’s house, Columbia Heights, Washington D.C. March 2013
• 10 March 2013 • 1 note
Holy shit! So much to look forward to at #SXSW
• 6 March 2013