These 3 Photographers Reveal the Odd Art of Organizing Your Food

There’s something calming and gratifying about objects sorted and organized – a human neurological quirk that’s made its way into affinity groups and bestseller lists, and is shared by many of us here at Mylio (and, we suspect, by you too). The three creatives below are definitely on board with organizing, with three takes on food still lifes that are both fun and satisfying. What must their dinner plates have looked like growing up? Links will jump you down the page: Lernert & Sande: Cubes Sam Kaplan: Pyramids Unwrapped Brittany Wright: Food Gradients Lernert & Sande When the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant wanted an arresting image for their special photo documentary project about food, they reached out to artists Lernert & Sande. The duo’s finished effort: nearly 100 perfect 1 x 1 x 1-inch raw, comestible cubes. You can buy prints of the work here. And for those of you who don’t think the image is quite organized enough, take heart: one obsessive netizen has — wait for it — assiduously labeled each of the cubes. Via boredpada. Sam Kaplan New York-based commercial photographer Sam Kaplan shoots plenty of assignments for clients, but his Pyramids Unwrapped project was a personal effort, reflecting… Continue reading These 3 Photographers Reveal the Odd Art of Organizing Your Food

If You Organized Everything You Touched in a Day, It Would Look Like This

There’s something really…clarifying about objects organized in a single view. It brings a sense of peace that can elude us in our fast, over-thingified lives. We can see an appetite for this peace of mind in the decluttering movement popularized by Marie Kondo, and in the success of Austin Radcliffe’s Tumblr. Paula Zuccotti, an ethnographer, trends forecaster and designer with the creative consultancy the Overworld, has tapped into this impulse through her book Everything We Touch: A 24-hour Inventory of Our Lives. The project captures, in a single frame, every object a person has touched – chronologically — within a day. Zuccotti’s intent, in part, was to play archaeologist for future generations, documenting our relationship to objects (including those she started to notice were becoming extinct, like calendars, alarm clocks, and cash money). She writes: “from a toddler in Tokyo to a cowboy in Arizona, from a cleaner in London to a cloister nun in Madrid, Every Thing We Touch is their story told through the objects they own, consume, need, choose, treasure and can’t let go.” “I was amazed at the honest X-rays from our everyday lives that emerged from the photos. As a result, the participants find the exercise very… Continue reading If You Organized Everything You Touched in a Day, It Would Look Like This

Because Nobody Wants to End Up in Pieces in a Box

IMAGINE YOUR MOST PRECIOUS FAMILY PHOTOS PERMANENTLY IN THE HANDS OF A COMPLETE STRANGER. — Teju Cole, New York Times Magazine Wait — another iCloud hack?  No, Cole is describing something way more analogue: the yellowed photo flotsam – snapshots at once mysterious, mundane, and intimate — that washes up in flea markets and garage sales, to be picked over by collectors. One such collector is Cole’s friend, artist Zun Lee. Over the years, Lee has rescued thousands of “orphaned Polaroids” from oblivion – pictures whose subjects had only two things in common: all were of strangers, and all were African-American. These pictures became the photo archival project Fade Resistance, Lee’s way of showing an authentic slice of everyman Black self-representation in an era fraught with black hoodie mainstream distortion. Back to the question of family photos in the hands of strangers. How do they end up there? And what is it about this that creeps us out? Our personal photos are our memories made physical; if they end up on a card table at a swap meet, clearly something bad has happened. Something has fallen apart. Some part of ourselves has come apart. And that’s not something any of us… Continue reading Because Nobody Wants to End Up in Pieces in a Box