Face Your Pockets
December 3, 2007 5:12 PM   Subscribe

Face Your Pockets. "Our goal is to not only bring all these objects into light but show the owner of them. During the scanning process it is recommended not to open your eyes."
posted by Soup (20 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Oh man, those are some gorgeous images. Thanks for pointing out this site.
posted by piratebowling at 5:18 PM on December 3, 2007

I wonder if #7 canceled his credit card yet...
posted by Citizen Premier at 5:38 PM on December 3, 2007

Similar Flickr group: The items we carry. It's a little bit more left-brained and less face-y though.
posted by mike_bling at 6:15 PM on December 3, 2007

Nice images. Thanks for posting this.

>iPod, iPaq, phones,
Yeah, I feel like yesterday's man, but #25 has more technology than I can shake a stick at.
posted by philfromhavelock at 6:30 PM on December 3, 2007

Re: items we carry

I got through around four images astounded that all those people clip their valuables like I do.

This is one of the best posts in a while. Rock.
posted by shownomercy at 6:45 PM on December 3, 2007

Single action army revolver. Is that legal?
posted by tellurian at 7:00 PM on December 3, 2007

Awesome concept, especially how people can easily submit artistic, high quality and consistent images with such a common peripheral.
posted by parallax7d at 7:01 PM on December 3, 2007

Things I was expecting to see more of: cigarettes, condoms and tampons.
posted by tellurian at 7:09 PM on December 3, 2007

In this TED speech, Nokia researcher Jan Chipchase talks about how they looked inside the pockets of people all over the world to try and determine what items people universally carry. They discovered three things: keys, money and cell phone. These items satisfy Maslow's hierarchy of needs: keys for shelter. money for food. cell phone for .. something (see the TED video).
posted by stbalbach at 7:59 PM on December 3, 2007 [3 favorites]

There are some really great images in there. Nice find.
posted by oneirodynia at 8:01 PM on December 3, 2007

posted by tehloki at 8:30 PM on December 3, 2007 [2 favorites]

very, very nice - the faces are very compelling.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 8:30 PM on December 3, 2007

Not so smart to scan your credit cards. *sends 20 OLPC XOs to Laos*
posted by The Monkey at 11:30 PM on December 3, 2007

It's lovely and yet creepy. The closed eyes and swirling hair are reminiscent of underwater images.
posted by bassjump at 6:34 AM on December 4, 2007

Wow! People still have scanners!
posted by littlerobothead at 7:30 AM on December 4, 2007

What, no cats?
posted by tr33hggr at 7:58 AM on December 4, 2007

What amazes me most is that people carry this much stuff around in their pockets... (Granted, I carry a backpack around every day that most people comment: "good god thats heavy"..)

I'd wager that the content of the photos is more driven by peoples narcisstic nature to show off their stuff,... than it is an accurate portrayal of what they carry everytime they stand up to walk around. (either way, its still a fascinating psychological looking-glass)
posted by jmnugent at 10:23 AM on December 4, 2007 [1 favorite]

Seconding the second half of jmnugent's comment.
posted by statolith at 10:53 AM on December 4, 2007

I carry far too much stuff with me. My messenger bag is currently so heavy that I've pulled a muscle in my shoulder! It's because I'm so low-tech that I insist on carrying BOOKS. Sheesh. When will I learn?

Also: Oooh! I'm glad to see some Micron pens! (#3) I've got a whole pack of those in my bag!

(I added mine because I'm a nerd. Yup.)
posted by grapefruitmoon at 1:06 PM on December 4, 2007

Oh WOW. This blew my mind. I mean, I know that people are in the army and carry guns, but to see an M-16 in the same category as chapstick... wow.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 1:57 PM on December 4, 2007

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