Things to Do Once in Your Lifetime: Visit a Penitentiary

Boise, Idaho.  Lots of land, river tubing, surprisingly hip restaurants, and the site of one terrifying old school penitentiary. When in Rome, eh?

IMAG2211Outdoor dining hall. Guards with rifles watched from above.

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IMAG2216Summertime cells. Four to a room. One shower a week.

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IMAG2223Just look at all that creativity. So many shivs.

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Before Photoshop, Folks Were Playing With Photos All the Same

‘Two-Headed Man’ (1855) by unidentified American artist

‘A Powerful Collision’, (1910s), Unknown Artist, German School

‘Man Juggling His Own Head’ (ca. 1880) by unidentified French artist

‘Room With Eye’ (1930) by Maurice Tabard (1897–1984)

‘The Vision (Orpheus Scene)’ (1907), F. Holland Day (American, Norwood, Massachusetts 1864–1933)

‘Dream No. 1- ‘Electrical Appliances for the Home” (1948) by Grete Stern (1904-1999)

‘Man on Rooftop with Eleven Men in Formation on His Shoulders’ (ca. 1930) by unidentified American artist

Images from  Metropolitan Museum of Art

Books Aren’t Just for Reading Anymore

Whether on a small or large scale, these clever projects will make you think twice about the power of a good book.

Artist: Johnathan Callan

Artist: Mike Stilkey

Artist: Brian Dettmer

Artist: Robert The

Artist: Guy Laramee

Artist: Jennifer Koshbin

Artist: Alex Queral

Artist: Su Blackwell

Artist: Alicia Martin

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Taking it to The Streets

Even in different cities, there exists the universal idea of leaving messages strewn across walls. Whether in the form of street art or just a notable quote, these little messages offer a glimpse of the messenger, giving a sense of community to even the largest of metropolises.

Santa Monica, CA

Paris, France

San Francisco, CA (detail below)

Relentless Compassion

Bike Rack
Cleveland, OH

Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand

And the Banksy back before its removal
Westwood, CA

Life On the Frontier

Home is a place you make. We’ve learned the neighbors’ names. They sound different than ours. 

His hands were always a sea of calluses. I can’t remember them any other way. 

We had only what we needed once. Happiness snuck up and found us here. 

More than a touch, not quite a caress. 

They’re leaving now. He says to a better land.

Home is a place you make. These are just the boards and nails and prairies we thought we deserved. Home feels different now.

 

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Melbourne: Paint by Colors

Melbourne easily earns the title of one of the hippest little cities I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. Artsy, intellectual, sprawling, and fast-paced, this place is truly world-class. A pal of mine moved to Australia earlier this year, and she has since made Melbourne her home.

We ran all around trying to jam pack the “true Australian experience” into a few days and she was an absolutely phenomenal host. We fed wallabies, caught some awesome films at the St. Kilda Film Festival, watched the tiny blue penguins (600 of them!) come in at dusk on Phillip Island, took in some contemporary galleries, noshed on scones while discussing countries’ “Gross National Coolness” at the Next Wave Festival, and got entirely too little sleep. But oh, it was worth it.

And because photos sometimes tell the story better than words can, I give you the full spectrum of Melbourne – in technicolor!