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Curiosities: Photobooth, A Biography

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Steven and I visit a photobooth each year, and if we are traveling we make a point to stop by one in each city. We don’t often get photographs of the both of us, and it’s a nice way to document our time together. It’s a ritual that is shared by many, but it is one that is getting harder to do. Many of the chemical photobooths are becoming antiques not worth the money to maintain. Meags Fitzgerald has chronicled this, and the photobooth’s history in an illustrated graphic novel released last year. This really great interview with CKUA about the book is worth a listen. I haven’t picked up a copy for myself yet, but it’s on my list for sure.

Curiosities: A Distant View

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A Distant View was inspired by photographs taken on the Lunar Orbiter missions. Pre-moon landing, these images were our first glimpse of something that seemed completely out of reach. United Visual Artists created a relief of the lunar surface from steel plywood and indian ink from the data in those images. You can read more about the series on the UVA site, and see more of their studio’s work as well.

Design Curiosities: Jason Edmiston’s Eyes Without A Face

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Photography Credit: Nick Simonite

Artist/illustrator Jason Edmiston explores some of the most iconic eyes in pop culture in his latest exhibition, Eyes Without A Face. The show will be up at Mondo Gallery until April 4th. If you’re in the Austin area I’d check it out for sure.

Curiosities: Robert Hessler

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I did a little reading on the Still House blog when I was posting last week’s Good Goods, and came across these beautiful porcelain vases by Robert Hessler. This is not your typical porcelain. Robert works with zinc based glazes that form crystals when they are slowly cooled. He adds different amounts of cobalt, zinc, iron silver, and tin oxides that result in a unique pattern every time. These two at Still House are among my favorites, but he has a large collection and a wide variety of colors and shapes on his site. (ᔥ Still House Blog)

Exteriors: Yener Torun’s Colorful Istanbul

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Architect Yener Torun moved to Istanbul 14 years ago. For the past year he has scoured the city for these hard to find, and quite unexpected, glimpses of Istanbul.

You can follow Yener’s search on Instagram.