A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place

Portland-based photographer Jim Golden has been shooting photos for brands like Nike, ESPN, and Yahoo for over 15 years and has become a master of lighting who can shoot a picture of athletic footwear better than almost anyone. One day, a friend with a colossal collection of clippers asked Golden to give his scissors the same slick treatment as Air Jordans. Golden tried shooting the staggering stockpile of shears individually, but the results just didn’t cut it. No single pair of pinking shears or tin snips looked that impressive on its own, it was only in context of the entire collection that the subtle variations were revealed. “Then it dawned upon me to lay them out on the floor and photograph them from above,” says Golden. A series of images featuring quirky collections of camera gear, locks, and lawn decorations soon followed.

The project is a collaboration with stylist Kristin Lane and is an artistic escape from the cutthroat world of commercial photography. “This is a takedown from a tried and true merchandising technique,” says Golden. “It’s a very accessible for the viewer and allows for the combination of all types of different objects in one image.” The photos depict everyday objects, but the variety and volume of items in each print force the viewer to consider the minute differences between the products and the relationships between them.


University Bag Guide by furrylittlepeach

Hey peaches! So, I was asked to do a what’s-in-my-bag post by an anonymous cutie, who starts their first year of uni in two weeks. I thought I’d do a thorough run-through because I’m sure a lot of you are in the same position. I tried to leave some things out as they only apply to art/design students and I wanted this to be applicable to everyone.. Are you ready? Here we go:

The Bag

When it comes to university bags - size does matter. You don’t want to strain your arms with unnecessary loose items because your fashion-victim ass couldn’t bring itself to buy a big enough bag. It doesn’t matter whether you’re into totes, or backpacks, just please, please, please make sure it’s something that’s going to fit your books, laptop, stationary -everything - into. As an art student I also like to carry a canvas tote in case I end up making something that I need to bring home.

The Essentials

To be honest, I’m not sure if all these are really essentials for survival, but they get me through my uni day just fine and dandy so I’m putting them in anyway.


You know - the usual. In my case this is always my iPhone, keys, wallet (if you have business cards - some of you may not - make sure you’re stocked up. Always.), moisturiser, lip-balm, my inhaler (awhhhhhyeah) something to eat, and of course something to drink. I also like to carry around things to entertain me on the way to uni - headphones, my gameboy, a magazine, sketchbook or a novel usually suffice, and make the long train ride a quicker, more productive one.


This really depends on your course and what the specifications are for the things you need to bring. There’s usually some sort of material list somewhere so do a search on your uni website for your course guides and find them. You’ll need your subjects’ textbooks (if applicable), a yearly planner/diary as well as something to write in whether it be a traditional notebook or laptop (Creatives: you’ll also need a VAPD).


And last but definitely not least - stationary! If you’re doing a writing heavy subject or something less practical, obviously you won’t anything as extensive as this, but as an art and design student my pencil case is an extension of my hands and brain so I bring everything I may or may not need in one uni day. This includes pens, pencils, rulers, pen/stanley knives, technical drawing equipment, paintbrushes, tape, glue, rabbit-shaped paper-clips, a USB and the kitchen sink. As the year goes on a plastic folder is added to the collection of things in my bag(s) as well as a portfolio case.

I probably haven’t covered absolutely everything, but I think I deserve some sort of virtual high five for effort, visual aids and links. You will probably only need a basic version of this for your first few classes because all you’ll really be doing is settling in and going over your course structure/curriculum but I hope this helps and makes your introductory university experience less scary. Good luck little ones! Love ya x