Friday Swipe: McDonald’s Norway, Zach Wilson and gold mining in the Yukon

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

From Dawn ‘Til Dusk, Then Dawn Again

Niagara-based photographer Joshua McMillan has applied my favourite medium – black and white photographs of the everyday human experience – to the gold mining operations of the Yukon territory of Northwest Canada. These beautiful images feature everything from giant machinery to the faces of the people who operate it and their mundane tasks spectacularly shot.

Take away your take away

The simplest advertising is the best advertising. Throw in an acknowledgement of a brand’s own problems and a robust environmental message designed to encourage behavioural change, and you’re on to a winner as far as I’m concerned. McDonald’s in Norway, with agency Nord DDB, have addressed the brand’s litter issue head on.

Jói Kjartans/Nord DDB/McDonald’s Norway

Women Street Photographers

This exhibition of the work of hundreds of street photographers includes an Instagram account and support community, culminating in a physical showcase. The fourth, in Manhattan, opens this month. If the standard of the photographers on display in this Colossal piece is any indication, the exhibition will be a must-see.

Zach Wilson by Ed West

I spend too much time scrolling (and largely hating) Reddit, not least the subreddit for the terrible American football team I somehow ended up choosing to follow as a kid. There, the watercolours of Ed West came to my attention. As well as the USWNT player Alex Morgan and others, West has painted Jets quarterback Zach Wilson. He’s definitely going to be good. Definitely.

Ed West


There can never be too much graffiti-inspired, off-the-wall, collage-like art for my liking. In a rare example of social media making a positive contribution to my day, the paintings of Edinburgh artist Rerun popped up in my Instagram feed recently and – as you will see – they’re immediately pretty striking.

The Black footballers of South London

As a lapsed fan of Tooting & Mitcham United, I’ve long been aware of South London’s outsized impact on professional football in England. Geographical breakdowns always show how many footballers grew up south of the river, in various hotbeds of playing talent. Aniefiok Ekpoudom’s long read in The Guardian is a tremendous cultural exploration of the talent factory.