These super interesting images are the work of Craig Crutchfield, a designer at McGarrah Jesse. To put the work in context, here’ some background information, straight from the artist himself:
These images are made up from the part of the Polaroid film that people usually throw away. This is an interesting thing to me, because these images are filled with old, cool, decaying icons from places that have been (for the most part) thrown away. Not all of these images are from defunct business or places. A lot of them are still in use. But they all have a rarity and shelf life that seems to be ending. That is why I shoot this type of signage. It will all be torn down and turned into a big box retail store soon. I hate that.
I think these objects are so beautiful. Nearly no one makes or purchases signs like these anymore for their businesses. I want to remember them and celebrate them.
What an amazing project. Each piece is incredibly layered and textural on its own, and the entire set — which you can see on Flickr—is really beautiful as a whole.