Artists Espen Friberg and Jessica Williams met almost two years ago in Brooklyn, NY. At first it was just a coincidence that Espen had recently moved to the city and Jessica had accepted a new job across the street from him. After meeting it was not long before their proximity and shared interests turned into collaborative art making. Of these shared interests, their love of quirky and hand drawn typography (of which NYC is a goldmine) was the first to inspire what would turn into a year-long project of taking marathon walks with the aim of collecting all sorts of found text. Together they walked over one hundred miles over all five boroughs, always with at least one camera on hand. The following photos are a small sampling of the type of images taken on these walks.
Goldmine Trash : NYC at Eye Level Issue (7)
In addition to photos of themselves together several poems about NYC were created by rearranging their now massive collection of found type. In the fall of 2010 a zine was self-published of these poems entitled “by myself / I was born / lil la-z-y boy”. Espen also drew a pair of drawings to commemorate their single longest walk together around the perimeter of Manhattan: 33 miles in 14 hours.