Henry Hargreaves on FvF.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Very happy to share my latest interview for Freunde von Freunden, which spotlights Brooklyn-based food artist Henry Hargreaves. Henry — whose work includes a photographic documentation  of prisoners' last meals; an Instagram feed showcasing the world's best disposable coffee cups; and a portrait of the queen reconstructed in 1400 slices of toast (pictured below) — has this to say on overcoming the fear of how a creative project might be received: "I've learned not to pay so much attention [to that]. That's one of my strengths: I've got a book of ideas and I'm good at making them happen. I figure, if it sucks, it sucks. Some of the most exciting things come of situations where it's a disaster or it just doesn't work out — that's where the fun stuff happens."

Select photos are also featured on ZEIT Online, under a headline that Google translates quite charmingly to "Art is through his stomach.") Find the interview in its entirety, here.

Visit Henry Hargreaves's website, here. Photographs by Brandon Schulman.

More FvF interviews:
-Huy Bui
-Dez'Mon Omega Fair
-Elizabeth Beer and Brian Janusiak of Project No. 8.

Thanks so much for reading!

POV: Heard.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

POV ("point of view") is a series that addresses many of the same themes covered in my Equals Record column: growing up, saying yes to adventure, learning to embrace a quarter-life crisis. While my previous column focused largely on ideas, POV focuses on moments - glimpses, glances, tiny stories

Many people who live in New York will tell you, eyes aglaze, that the city speaks to them. If they leave for the summer — as many do — it’s the brisk, buzzing air and sidewalks strewn with crimson leaves that draws them back, trancelike, in the fall; at night, it’s a warming cocktail of sirens and subway tremors that delivers them askew into the arms of slumber. “I tried moving away once,” someone told me last weekend, “but the sadness I felt when I left wasn’t normal. It was like my fucking wife had died. So I came back.”

Abandoned Love.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New POV to come Saturday; in the meantime: shots from Abandoned Love, a series by 20-year-old photographer Peyton Fulford. Fulford turns snippets from anonymous journal entries and text messages (submitted to her from participants around the world) into spray-painted banners that she posts on abandoned buildings in Columbus, Georgia.

"I sorted all of the messages into categories, and realized that love was the main subject of the majority of the quotes," she writes. "Ultimately I wanted this project to bring light to...feelings that are usually shared privately, behind closed doors."

See more at Abandoned Love. See also: Things I Told the Internet, But Didn't Tell My Mom, a wonderful (and similar) project by Anna Ladd.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

So much has been said about the bonds between mothers and daughters (this past week especially, with Mother's Day just behind us), but Rania Matar's portraits communicate what can only be depicted in the shifting of eyes, the angling of chins, the grasping of hands. Rania, whose previous work has focused on women at all stages of life, writes that the photographs reflect both "spoken and unspoken conversation," and the complexities of relationships that grow and change as we do — they are, as Rania describes the series itself, works in progress.

Visit Rania Matar's website, here. Thanks to Lens Culture for the introduction.

Recommended Reading / 31.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Every Monday, words to start the week. 

This week, courtesy of BBC News: exploring "glass delusion," a condition that causes those afflicted to believe their bodies are made of glass and therefore susceptible to breakage. Cases were reported as early as the late Middle Ages, but it's not unheard of these days, either. Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips tells the BBC that the delusion makes sense "in a society in which anxieties about fragility, transparency, and personal space are pertinent to many people's experience...of living in the modern world." Read more, here.

A few more stories, just because:
-The Museum of Shit.
-Subtleties of haha's and hehe's and hoho's and heh's.
-Beautiful pastries made by Brooklyn baker Ayako Kurokawa, whose Instagram captions suggest a possible second career as a poet — next to a photo of a glazed black cat, she writes, "It is a / hazelnut cake. / evan it looks as an animal."

And a couple posts elsewhere:
-On Refinery29: an interview with Justina Blakeney on her book The New Bohemians.
-For Conde Nast Traveler: global interior design trends, and a profile on an installation that asks international designers to share how their respective cultures welcome guests.

More recommended reading, here. Have a lovely Monday. Photos by Max Wanger.

Non-Career Advice: Julia Robbs.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Non-Career Advice is a series that asks people - young, old, and in a range of occupations - for words of wisdom unrelated to work, career-building, dollars, or getting ahead.

Julia Robbs / Photographer
Also: Bikerbird watcher / baked goods buff
Age: 28

Quality over quantity in all things (including non-things). "If I've developed any sort of motto in life, it's quality over quantity. I'd rather have less and love what I have, than fill my life with things that don't mean ultimately mean anything. That applies to everything: my husband and I invest in what we call 'forever pieces' for our apartment, and we'll hold out on buying things if they aren't just right. I wear the same pair of shoes every day, but I love them. And friendships? In my earlier twenties, numbers mattered more — I wanted to be friends with everyone, but in the end, I wasn't cultivating rich relationships. I recently moved from Brooklyn to San Francisco, and finding my place in a new city has been an interesting challenge. Part of me wants to get comfortable as quickly as I can — but building friendships and finding a community takes time. All worthwhile investments do."

Thanks so much, Julia. More from the Non-Career Advice series, here

Birthday Suits.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Thanks to brilliant Kateoplis, I now know that Lucy Hilmer, a photographer and poet who recently turned 70, has shot a portrait of herself in nothing but underwear and her shoes and socks on every birthday for the past four decades. (You can find them here.)

There's a book and a film about this project currently in the works, which, Lucy writes, "will reveal how a woman who came of age before women's lib used her camera to peel off society's 'pretty girl' label and define herself from the inside out." Hero.

 Visit Lucy Hilmer's website, here.


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