My camera collection. #4: Polaroid OneStep Flash.

Maker: Polaroid
Model: 600
Year: c. 1992
Film type: 600
Usability: camera works perfectly, but the film is a little cost prohibitive at $2 a frame
My cost: $4

I simply love the look of Polaroid. I described it today as being high-quality lo-fi. Some lo-fidelity films (110 and disk film come to mind) are just plain shitty, having poor color, poor grain and poor sharpness. Polaroid, on the other hand, had a beautiful quality to its lack of quality. The colors are richly saturated, interestingly imperfect and the frames are filled with what I can only describe as a "warm" grain.

This camera is your basic utilitarian Polaroid model. It's the Volvo of the Polaroid camera world: functional and boxy. This Volvo however has a racing stripe.

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Only lonely: four images by William Eggleston.

William Eggleston's prints are intriguing to me because of the way they capture the mundane aspects of American life—empty streets, cars in garages, uninspired architecture—yet finds an energy and beauty in them that transcends the actual subjects. I could pick almost any four images from his body of work and the overall aesthetic would be the same. He was the true professional amateur of photography.


Top 100 Songs of the Decade: 20-11.

20. Klute - Finger in the Hole
No One's Listening Anymore 2005
The only thing dirtier than the lyrics is the music.

19. Cut Copy - Out There on the Ice
In Ghost Colours 2007
"Yes, no, maybe." Yes, Cut Copy, yes. This is as anthemic as indie-electro-pop gets.

18. Radio 4 - Absolute Affirmation
Stealing of a Nation 2004
The basic snappy drumbeat always pulls me right in, and the song doesn't so much ramp up as keep chugging away high-energy until the end, when I feel like I should be dancing my ass off.

17. Feist - Mushaboom
Let It Die 2004
The lyrics are probably the sweetest, most wistful sentiments I've ever heard. Add to that a beautiful voice and beautiful music.

16. The Knife - One Hit
Silent Shout 2006
The chorus goes, "a how how how how, a who who who who" but it's still one of the most emotional songs by any band.

15. The Prodigy - Girls
Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned 2004
Ironically (?) his best song since Smack My Bitch Up. I wish I had written that synth line.

14. Aesop Rock - Nickel Plated Pockets
Daylight EP 2002
Aesop covers a lot of ground in this song—slavery, 9/11, racism, poverty—but it all sounds so smooth and it's stated with such authority that I have no choice but to agree with him yet again. Also, that's an amazing beat.

13. Roots Manuva - Witness (1 Hope)
Run Come Save Me 2001
Who made this beat?! Don't say "well well well" Roderick! Tell me on what planet you found this beat! The first ten seconds of this song should get a party started anywhere at any time.

12. The Radio Dept. - Keen on Boys
Lesser Matters 2003
My favorite Radio Dept song because I love the way it slowly ramps up verse by verse, slowly unlocking more and more of its reverb-washed drums.

11. The Knife - Na Na Na
Silent Shout 2006

VIIF2010 Official Poster.

The Vancouver International Improv Festival asked for a poster to promote their event, giving me the theme "Video Killed the Improv Star." I mulled over the idea for a little while, and for some reason the idea of a giant monolith (a la 2001: A Space Odyssey) in the shape of a VHS tape stuck in my mind.

I contacted my friend and peer Daniel Soucy of Hearts + Minds Creative about doing the illustration and he was excited about the concept. I showed him some (extremely) basic sketches, we talked about basic styles, and then he started drawing from there. I love the style he used. It feels like Mad Magazine meets Heavy Metal. For the black and white, I wanted a simple pen and ink, line-drawing style, because I think the higher contrast makes it pop more. It also feels kind of like a high school notebook sketch, which I think is fun.


On the Tundra.

Here's the latest poster for the Someday Lounge. This band had a pretty nice style that was used as a starting point, but hopefully I added a uniquely Lee flavor. The illustration, by the amazing and multi-talented Makenna Lehrer, is of a musk ox, an animal found in the arctic tundra.

typeface used: Strangelove Next

Night photos: four images by me.

My friend and I went for a walk a few days ago with my camera to take some night shots. I love night photos. The quality of halogen and fluorescent bulbs really changes the character of objects. I think it's also the loneliness of architecture at night that really intrigues me. I hope you enjoy these.



Here's the latest in the posters I've been doing for the Someday Lounge. My contact there said to make it sound like it was really cool that the band was from out of town, since nobody here would know who they were. I took a listen to the headliner's music and they had a good rock sound with some roots rock influences, so I felt like the state tree of Illinois (the white oak) would be a perfect illustrative element. Beyond that, I wanted a look that felt a little bit like old broadsides. I hunted through my fonts and found three that worked well together to achieve that look.

Big thanks to Daniel Soucy for all his help on this.
typefaces: League Gothic, St Marie, Goudy


It was my friend's birthday, and I wasn't sure what to give her. I remembered her love of bacon and thought it would be funny to make a bacon sign that said something simple like "YUM," so I did it. Then I thought it would be fun to keep going, so I did that too. Each is printed on a 13x19 sheet.


Le Mans: four Images by Laurent Nivalle.

Aisle One put me onto these images by Laurent Nivalle. The entire series is fantastic, but I'm especially drawn to the architectural images. The lack of people and the washed-out color make these images feel like a paean to the past, as if these images are part of a museum exhibit of past attractions, even though the images are relatively new.


Movie clips.

Syriana (7/10)
This movie was so confusing and obfuscated, it functions as a microcosm for the state of affairs in the oil world.

Gomorra (8/10)
This movie is proof that you do it to yourself.

2012 (4/10)
How can a movie about the destruction of Earth be so boring?

Cat Ballou (5/10)
I was tired of the Ballad of Cat Ballou the first time they sang it. Then they sang it four more times…

Je, tu, il, elle (I, You, He She) (4/10)
Yawn. If I see you doing something, you don't need to narrate what you're doing.

Hot Tub Time Machine
I miss young John Cusack.

The Vampire Effect (3/10)
Hong Kong cinema isn't as interested in genre as we are.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (6/10)
The making-of featurette on the DVD is so telling. Spielberg is a pushover and does whatever Lucas tells him to do.

Inception (8/10)
This movie was a piece of cake. I've seen Primer twice.

Alphaville (5/10)
Less talking, more doing please.


I did another poster for the Someday Lounge. For thise one, I actually did a few sketches. The original idea was that the whole poster would be a big patch of skin with arrows in it. That was kind of gross in practice, so I found this Creative Commons photo, dirtied it up and put the arrows in this awesome guy. The headliner got some special treatment with the hand-rendered type, which reads the same forward and backward, making it a mirror-image ambigram.
Note: the original of this image was found on Flickr and is used in accordance with the Creative Commons Share-Alike License, which is therefore also how this poster is licensed.
typefaces: handmade title, Diamante, Century Gothic