Yoonjin Lee's adorable and funny project addresses the banal items we see on city streets.

Have you ever lost a glove and, somewhere between ransacking your house for it and declaring it a lost cause, wondered whether it’s floating around somewhere in the street, having developed a life of its own? Here in New York, weeks’ worth of snow and ice are melting at street curbs, exposing all sorts of hidden treasure. Yoonjin Lee, a young graphic designer about to graduate from SVA and a student of street artist Ji Lee, finds compelling objects in this very vulnerable state and captures them on camera, but not before outfitting them with tiny arms and cardboard signs reminiscent of those held by homeless people. Each object has a photo to record Lee (also known as Zoonzin)’s moment of personification – using a macro lens to turn surrounding debris into rich landscapes – as well as a video that usually features melodramatic music.

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