A book I contributed to was published recently: Draw Your Own Fonts released by Ivy in the UK and under the title Draw Your Own Alphabets by Princeton Architectural Press in America. It was fun to have an excuse to doodle!
Artist Jon Rafman curates the strange and the beautiful in his ongoing project 9 Eyes. Utilising the omnipotence of Google Street View's all-seeing 9 cameras he scours, selects and posts unexpected moments captured during the mapping process. Seemingly drawn to the sublime and surreal in nature, and the ridiculous, vulnerable and rogue aspects of human behaviour, the images contradict and overturn the rational and ordered view of the world Street View works to project. Tigers prowl the urban jungle and butterflies flit before the lens, a man lies dead in the road, prostitutes tout for business and suspects are lined up against a wall.
It's only 5 years since Street View launched in the US, though it seems to have been around a lot longer, so ingrained has it become in the public subconscious. 9 Eyes is an interesting mirror held up against it - highlighting both the resistance to its creation and the global surveillance culture.
People vs Places is a collaborative double exposure project by photographers Timothy Burkhart and Stephanie Bassos. Sharing a roll of film within the same camera (Stephanie shoots the people, Timothy the places) they create chance compositions between human and environment. I'm left with a feeling of nostalgia for the unexpected alchemy of film, and for happy photographic accidents!
[pullquote author="People vs. Places"]"...(we) step back from having full control of the image making process and trust in one another while allowing coincidences to happen naturally on film"[/pullquote]