Jens Mortensen for The New York Times
Danny Meyer’s empire.
SUBMISSION: As I was cleaning the studio one day around mid-semester I found a nike shoe box hidden away at the bottom of one of the shelves. When I opened the box I found that it was full of previously-sent stamps. I investigated to find the source of this massive collection (10,000+), but could find no one the wiser — I had developed and was convinced of a theory that the coordinator of my program had planted them there hoping someone would find the box and make it into a project. But I knew once I opened the box that I had to do something with these stamps. One by one I sorted them by hand, grouping them together — the whole time building the framework for a functional taxonomy of this stamp collection. Once organized I scanned each group on a 11x17 flatbed scanner, often requiring up to 8 scans per variety. This made it much easier for me to compile all of the stamps into one single image. My goal is to cut each stamp out individually from the group scans, meta tag them, and use Microsoft’s Pivot platform to allow users to navigate the collection using my taxonomy.