To imitate photographer Nick Albertson‘s work, you’ll need a camera, household items purchased in bulk, and an eye for the beautiful and abstract. Take a look at Albertson’s project titled “Work in Progress,” and you’ll find photographs of things such as rubber bands, straws, and napkins. They don’t look like your everyday objects, though: Albertson turns them into works of art by carefully arranging them into repeating patterns.
Albertson says that his goal is to “strip utilitarian objects of their functions, repurposing them to create visceral experiences.” By doing this, things that would otherwise be rather dull to look at can be made to have a “powerful aesthetic impact” on the viewer.
The photograph above shows simple white envelopes neatly arranged on a surface. Here are some photos of rubber bands and elastic hair bands:
Here are two different arrangements of plastic drinking straws:
Napkins and toilet paper have their own looks:
Transparent sandwich bags look pretty neat when spread out on a surface and made to overlap:
Metal clothes hangars and paper clips have a similar aesthetic:
Paper plates arranged in a corner:
And finally, masking tape arranged in lines on a surface:
Albertson is making his work available for sale as 32×40-inch prints. You can contact him through his website if you’d like info on pricing and ordering.
Image credits: Photographs by Nick Albertson and used with permission