Five For Friday #117

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” – Vincent van Gogh

Reylia Slaby

Tales from Japan is a beautiful series of photographs by artist Reylia Slaby. While she was born and raised in Japan, being Caucasian she always felt like an outsider. This series has helped her understand and deal with some of those feelings. “The beginning of this project was like a breath of fresh air, and it began to opened doors in my mind and heart that I never knew were locked,” she said. “It helped me deal with an aching pain I had always carried with me but never fully understood why.” [via ufunk]

Paddington Bear Bench

Starting in July the National Literacy Trust in London has installed 50 “book benches” around the city to promote reading and to celebrate the city’s literary heritage. Each book-shaped bench is dedicated to a specific book, character, or author and designed by an artist. They will be displayed through mid-September and then auctioned off so if you are in England over the summer keep a look out. [via The Guardian]

C.D. Hermelin, also known as The Roving Typist, is using his skills as a writer to create unique, one-of-a-kind stories for strangers passing on the street. He will either collaborate or create one completely on his own.

Yousuf Karsh

And, speaking of exhibits, The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. has an exhibit right now (through November 2) of the portrait work of Yousuf Karsh. Called Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits, it is a collection of more than 100 portraits of distinguished Americans such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Grace Kelly, and Jonas Salk.

Gregg Segal

These are not your typical glamour shots. In fact, they are very unappealing… but they do get their message across. We tend to generate a lot of garbage, more than four pounds per day for the average American. Gregg Segal decided to try to illustrate that with his series 7 Days of Garbage, showing friends, neighbors, and some strangers lying in the trash they generated during the course of a week. “I shot from above to make it very clinical and clean and graphic.” Segal said. “It’s kind of a nest, a bed we’re lying in with all this stuff, forcing us to reconcile what we’re producing, which hopefully causes some people to think a little bit more about what they’re consuming.” [via Slate]

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