Ari Versluis, “Exactitudes”

Omen – Amsterdam 2014

Photographer Versluis recognizes little pocket categories of style, names them, and sets out into the world to prove you aren’t as original as you think. For the past 20 years he’s been catching subjects on the street and building his collection. See if you can find yourself here.

Jason Lazarus, “Too Hard to Keep”

“Since 2010, Chicago-based artist Jason Lazarus has maintained a growing archive of images deemed “too hard to keep” by their owners. Submissions have included photos of friends, family members, pets, high school graduations, objects, and places that are too difficult to view again. Lazarus returns these shadow images to the light in the form of books and exhibitions culled from his archive, but their dark pathos remains attached.

Comments suggest that people were most struck by the recently-euthanized kitty about halfway through the original article so be forewarned!

(hey look I figured out where this one was shot, neato)

(this one is taped to a post break-up letter. the author has finally realized that the recipient won’t be coming back. click here to try to read it.)