I am intrigued by this photographic series by Canadian artist Vladimir Antaki. Entitled 'The Guardians' it features portraits of shop owners amidst—or even subsumed—by their wares. The frontally oriented shots create an honest, open look at the often overlooked, hard working, and driven salespeople behind our furiously consumerist culture. I love the diversity of products in these shots and the way the massing of these goods—whether a wall of stereos or a menagerie of taxidermic animals—can signify everything from the wealth of first world cultures to the diversity of modern interests and needs.

Read more about the series on Flavorwire here; see more of Antaki's work here.

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