Money Portraits

I have a good bit of foreign currency lying around leftover from some of my travels, and started examining the bills and coins more closely one morning when I apparently had too much time on my hands. Currency is pretty cool; countries put so much effort into creating it that each piece is almost a work of art on its own. It’s also a kind of cultural insight to a country’s history. In the United States, all our money depicts portraits of politicians, but not everyone puts their presidents into circulation. Significant figures of all sorts adorn money–church leaders, scientists and writers, for example. I put together a few still-life sets together, pairing the money portraits with other knickknacks from the corresponding country. I wanted to expand beyond just the four countries represented (Japan, Brazil, Czech Republic and Croatia), but the few euros I have plus the other random coins didn’t have faces, or I couldn’t pair them sufficiently. But maybe I’ll be able to continue it down the line.

Also:

Check out these cool historical photos.

Carnival and Mardi Gras! Happy Lent, everyone.

I had a teacher in high school who, when he was a teenager, tried something similar to this in order to pick up chicks. Making a whole photo series of it is just brilliant, though.

Ichiyo Higuchi and Hideyo Noguchi's silhouettes enjoy sake while pondering why some of their country's coins have holes in them.

Ichiyo Higuchi and Hideyo Noguchi’s silhouettes enjoy sake while pondering why some of their country’s coins have holes in them.

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