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A Photo Collection of Urban Surfaces

by Min Li Chan

Here's a hodge-podge collection of the commercial, the jocular, the informational, the enticing, the whimsical and the provocative as told by urban surfaces in Sydney, Tokyo and London. These surfaces appear in eclectic contexts: on the museum wall, commercial billboards, signage on public trash disposal, unclaimed wall space on street corners, and even the hand dryer in a public restroom. The vibrant, intriguing and sometimes jarring juxtapositions help us pause and ponder, or simply take the time to raise an eyebrow and laugh amidst frenetic city life.

Credits: Photos by Min Li Chan.