History Photography

Because all of these things around me are my metaphors

September 3, 2010

Christopher Jobson

A few of many photos taken from inside Ray Bradbury’s home by LA photographer Zen Sekizawa for Listen to the Echos: The Ray Bradbury Interviews by Sam Weller.

Since Listen to the Echoes was released a little over a month ago, many people have asked about the full-page photographs at the front of each chapter in the book. Here’s the story. Ray Bradbury is a pack-rat. A borderline hoarder. The man saves everything. His west Los Angeles home is museum of his life. Everything is there, from the many autographs he collected as a teenager in Hollywood; to the shelves and shelves of books gathered over a lifetime; to rooms overrun by toys. There are matchbooks going back to the 1940s. Political buttons for candidates he supported in the 1950s. Fan letters written to him throughout his career. Original, hand painted animation cels from a range of classic Disney films, given to Bradbury personally by Walt Disney himself. It’s all in the house.

I have asked Bradbury a few times, “Why do you hold on to everything?”

The answer: “Because all of these things around me are my metaphors.”

 

 



Design Illustration

Chop Shop’s 149 Icons of Horror

September 3, 2010

Christopher Jobson

A great print from Chop Shop in New York. For sale via their site.

The ultimate trivia challenge for Halloween: 62 different monsters, 35 different vampires and 51 different icons of the undead all referencing generations of film, television, children’s books, video games, music history, toys, literature, cartoons and so on. Totaling out to a staggering 149 icons to figure out and kill an entire day.

 

 



Design

Swimmer Screensaver Shows Sleeping People

September 2, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Clever and surprisingly elegant screensaver that shows people sleeping and wakes them up when you jiggle the mouse.

 

 



Art History

Vintage Argentinian Funeral Cars

September 1, 2010

Christopher Jobson





Fernando Aguerre found these wooden-bodied, vintage Cadillac funeral cars while exploring an old barn in Argentina. Estimated to have been built sometime in the 1940s their creator is unknown. More photos on Jalopnik. (thnx Jorge)

 

 



Design Photography

Marian Bantjes Counts on Gender Stereotypes with her Manly Numbers

September 1, 2010

Christopher Jobson

 

Photos taken for a spread in Men’s Health Magazine by Marian Bantjes. (via Glass)

 

 



Design

Chicago: City of Big Holes

September 1, 2010

Christopher Jobson

The Chicago Spire designed by Santiago Calatrava was poised to rise and twist 360 degrees over 150 stories near Chicago’s Navy Pier. However financial woes have almost certainly doomed the project and Chicago is left with an enormous hole just off Lake Shore Drive.

Early this year the Chicago Architectural Club saw an opportunity and held a global competition, Mine the Gap, in which it posed the question: What the hell should we do with this frigging massive hole? (paraphrased) From dozens of entries the results have been announced and below are some of the more intriguing and occasionally wacky submissions. The winner is the first image, called The Second Sun. Much more detailed imagery on their site.