Personified: A Photo Series on People and Possessions by Jason Travis

This blog post is going up a little late today because I just couldn’t stop looking through Jason Travis’s photos long enough to get it written. Jason is a photographer in Atlanta who began peering into people’s bags and lives for his Personified series in 2007. He captures the subject quite beautifully, and pairs him or her with a shot of whatever that person had on their person.

Design, JasonTravis, personified

Maybe it’s a voyeuristic curiosity or perhaps just a fascination in seeing what possessions say about a person (or rather what assumptions we make and stories we form about a person based on their belongings), but this series is a bit addicting to flip through. The item grids are often an organized chaos of personal totems that are usually tucked and stashed away from the public eye in bags and pockets. Juxtaposed with an often candid-feeling portrait of the owner in what appears to be his or her natural surroundings, the two photos create a pretty and graphic story.

Design, JasonTravis, personified

Design, JasonTravis, personified

Design, JasonTravis, personified

Design, JasonTravis, personified

Design, JasonTravis, personified

Design, JasonTravis, personified

Design, JasonTravis, personified

Design, JasonTravis, personified

Design, JasonTravis, personified

Design, JasonTravis, personified

Design, JasonTravis, personified

Design, JasonTravis, personified

Design, JasonTravis, personified

Design, JasonTravis, personified

Design, JasonTravis, personified

Design, JasonTravis, personified

Design, JasonTravis, personified

Jason has collected his Personified series as a book. See and purchase it at at blurb. And see more images at the Personified
Flickr set.

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Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at Design.org. I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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