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Todd Leban  Object Portraits Chicago, Illinois

traditional rules need not apply.

one of the best parts of summer has been getting sucked in to games created by my son, Iggy. he loves coming up with his own rules, albeit in his favor, but I still play, knowing I don’t stand a chance.

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calgon, take me away.

the kid loves a bath. will ask for one any chance he can get. that fact, coupled with a generous bath bomb donation from his mom, produced this scene.

it’s hit or miss with each opportunity as to how amicable iggy is when I see a moment. sometimes grumpy, sometimes not a care. so glad for the latter here.

as chaotic as fatherhood can be, i’m glad for moments like this when calm wins, when curiosity wins, when it just feels good to be.

steady your nerves.

with no shortage of #dixonticonderoga #2 pencils around my studio and at work, I capitalized on my obsession with multiples and carefully arranged this madness. @weareticonderoga

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Room 390

In an effort to share the scale of some of my favorite new writing instruments, I photographed them against the backdrop of some stationary that belonged to my father. My mom found this paper in the front hall closet. It is from when my dad worked as an engineer at NGPL, or Natural Gas Pipeline.

Throughout his lifetime with different companies, he collected pens and pencils from all over. Offered at work, yes. Offered at conventions, yes. Offered for the hell of it, hell yes.

This pencil and eraser set are mine. Collecting is in the family, and I sure know where it came from. Pictured here are a Koh-I-Noor Notebook Lead Holder 2mm, and a Tombow Mono Metal Type Retractable Eraser, but admittedly at this point, it’s less about the items, and more about the memory.

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miscellaneous goods no. 2

Pictured above is the Cina deck from @misc_goods_co The mixture of warm and cool colors made this a fun one to photograph. As mentioned on their website, the deck was designed in collaboration with, and features art from Michael Cina, which is printed on the card backs and the tuck box.

If you look closely, you’ll notice little messages and phrases of inspiration throughout the illustrations. On the box, on the cards, I’m still finding new things. They also cleverly include hash marks on each numbered card, I, II, III, etc.

Although it’s not presented here, one of my favorite details is the side of the boxes. Set next to each other, the decks are stunning, with gold and silver print standing tall. Perhaps I need a few more decks to show you what I’m talking about.

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miscellaneous goods no.1

I had the pleasure of a conversation recently with Tyler from @misc_goods_co at a pop-up event held at @fieldnotesbrand HQ. I had previously eyeballed this black deck of playing cards on their website, and was intent on a purchase.

Considering I’m generally socially awkward, I still managed to eek out a discussion with him about design, creating, and teaching. Tyler's connection to his work was evident as he spoke with passion about how he encountered his own sense of creativity, and about how he explores and creates from a different viewpoint when making art. I really admire his connection to the craftsmanship side of art making.

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My Favorite Things. 01 - Field Notes

this picture of @fieldnotesbrand marks the first in a series of stories about my favorite objects. I first wrote about these vintage inspired notebooks on my teaching blog, but have since expanded the full story on my photo website. The link in my profile will take you straight to it.

feel free to comment with your favorite things, or tag me on pics you've taken of them.

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3.3.3. (don't spend it all in one place)

purchased a stack of these price labels a while back and have been sitting on a practice shot for too long. thanks to a post from my friend @hereinmyownskin i got a little kick in the pants to start up where i left off. damn, it felt good to compose & shoot again.

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burn in hell.

the subject of this image is an old matchbook from a concrete burial vault company. my grandparents had about twenty-five of them in the house. their generation was taught to save everything, because you never know when you might need it. and items that were complementary usually ended up being taken in multiples.

The full story of this image is available on my website under the NEW stories tab.

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mixtape.

right, left, right.

I've always been fascinated with locks. combination, key, doesn't matter. i'd own hundreds if I could. & nothing's better than one whose patina has been created by countless turns of human fingers.

I very much appreciate the dedication that went into keeping the combo tag in existence. although well worn, it is essential. except maybe for the person who owned it and committed it to memory.

My son Iggy told me that I should name it "lock, with paper". I see his point, but I decided to harken back to the first days of learning how to open these things.

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