Friday Swipe: Eggleston’s America, blue jackdaws and Kurt Zouma

These six things have caught my eyes and ears this week or thereabouts.

The Outlands

Photographs of assorted Americana always grab my attention, appealing to a sense of place where I’ve never been and nostalgia for a time before I was born. The Outlands, as featured on LensCulture, is a three-part publication of outtakes from William Eggleston’s 1976 exhibition at MoMA. I would love to see more.

David Squires on Kurt Zouma and football

As a lover of football I find it immensely frustrating just how scummy it is at the top level. West Ham United’s Kurt Zouma joined the legion of wrong ‘uns last week, leaving cartoonist David Squires to skewer him and plenty else besides in his Dr. Seuss-inspired strip for The Guardian this week – his best work for ages.

David Squires/The Guardian

Bella Blu

It’s Nice That recently featured a selection of images from London photographer Bella Blu, whose heavily post-produced work amounts to a striking, colourful explosion of creative weirdness. Ranging from simple over-saturation to full-on abstract composition, Blu’s photography makes a virtue of boldness.

Avian cyanotypes

A couple of weeks ago Colossal ran a piece on the art of Northumberland photographer Deborah Parkin, whose series of cyanotypes – “which dates back to the 19th Century [and] uses a combination of ferric ammonium citrate, potassium ferricyanide, and UV light from the sun to create signature colored prints” – features a flock of jackdaws. The results are very cool and very blue.

Deborah Parkin

Travel illustrations

Charlie Davis is an illustrator based in London and featured recently on We And The Color with a series of travel pieces created to “explore the idea of freedom and travel” in his signature style. If you like these illustrations, there’s an awful lot more to thumb through on Charlie’s Instagram profile, not least the cover of the latest Big Issue.

The true north

Photographer Craig Easton and writer Abdul Aziz Hafiz have collaborated on a publication that tackles the media’s misrepresentation of parts of the north of England. BANK TOP focuses on a community in Blackburn and aims to call into question the common and persistent portrayal of the town as little more than the most segregated in the country.