Artist Captures Everything People Touch In 24 Hours In Captivating & Revealing Series Of Photos

If your interests converge somewhere between obsessive neatness and human behavior, this is a photo series for you. London-based photographer Paula Zuccotti's new book, Every Thing We Touch: A 24 Hour Inventory Of Our Lives is a series or portraits based on the work of Things Organized Neatly, another photo series that features things, uh, organized neatly. Every Thing We Touch, however, gives us insight into the lives and habits of people of all ages from all around the world. To see everything you touch and use in a day is as grounding as it is fascinating: though large-scale items like cars and furniture don't make the cut, clothes, coffee cups, laptops and a million little baby toys do. It not only puts into perspective how much we really use and what we really need, but also how we spend our precious, limited time here.

The book presents the habits and routines of 62 people from all around the world, in all different walks of life, and the neatly organized outlay of exactly what they touched within 24 hours. The most striking thing about the images, you'll notice, is not the difference between ages, but between cultures. The 23-year-old Arizona cowboy's photo includes horseshoes and bales of hay, while the Spanish musician's has headphones and instruments. There's a monastic individual who only touches a bible and clothing (not clear on how he eats, if at all?), and some baby portraits that include approximately three hundred little puzzle pieces. If nothing else, it's an opportunity for us to ponder what we touch in a day, and to also be reminded of our humanness in the process. Here, check out a few portraits from the book:

Someone Who Works On A Farm

A Drummer

A Climber

An Artist

A Gardener

The full book is available for purchase on Amazon here.

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