Speaking of camping, while I was looking for vintage camping photos, I came across this amazing Tumblr feed called... Things Organised Neatly. My jaw
dropped when I saw this OCD-style collection of 70s-inspired camping gear. All that orange, khaki and yellow. That guitar, that gingham cloth, that round water bottle, cine camera, orange oil lamp... There's even an axe. I'm blown away by the amount of detail in this photos, but it doesn't stop at camping. Things Organised Neatly is a feast for the eyes, showcasing arrangements of all sorts of items, from every part of a vintage typewriter, to perfectly organised kitchen sets, lollipops, and cactuses.
This brilliant project is curated by Indiana designer Austin Radcliffe, who contrary to what you probably think, is not a neat freak. 'I do like to use a lot of folders and bags and containers... to organise things, but overall my apartment is quite cluttered,' he told Print Mag. 'The blog definitely came out of image appreciation, not organisation obsession.'
To create the blog, Radcliffe sifts through submissions from artists, photographers and hobbyists, and only publishes photos that meets standards he has. 'I have a high standard for the images that go on my site; for image quality, objects' relevance to one another, and of course, neatness… but if the image quality isn't good enough, I can't put it on my site.'
There are also pictures he can't show, as Print Mag found out. 'I sometimes also get illicit drugs organised neatly. Again, I’m glad to have the fans, but I try to keep the site family friendly. Only one time have I taken an image down because it offended people. It was a poster with Stefan Sagmeister in his underwear, just sitting on the couch with a bunch of food packages organised neatly. People wrote in and said “My children read this site” & “Who do you think you are?” I thought, I’ve seen much worse images on TV or in public, but I decided to concede. My parents are both elementary school teachers, so they keep me in check.'