New York City Blow Job, Photos of Mangled and Discarded Umbrellas from the Streets of New York

Mangled NYC Umbrellas

In his photo series “New York City Blow Job,” Brooklyn-based photographer Drew Anthony Smith documents the mangled, insect-like forms of New York City’s countless discarded umbrellas. Smith developed a fascination for the umbrellas after moving to Brooklyn from Austin, Texas. He began collecting the umbrellas after storms and after amassing quite a menagerie, he photographed them in his studio.

The cheap, black umbrella is a staple of New York City survival, a refuge for commuters and unknowing tourists alike. This portable shelter is sold outside every subway station and corner bodega when the weather turns. If exposed to extreme elements, these uniform umbrellas quickly blossom into unlikely mangled shapes and are discarded on the city’s streets.

Mangled NYC Umbrellas

Mangled NYC Umbrellas

Mangled NYC Umbrellas

Mangled NYC Umbrellas

photos by Drew Anthony Smith

via Fast Company Co.Design

Written by EDW Lynch

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