Kent Rogowsky's Whimsical Self-Help Book Collages

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We’ve been big fans of Brooklyn-based artist Kent Rogowsky’s cheeky, whimsical work for a while now — but he’s not all teddy bears and puzzles. In Rogowsky’s latest project, Everything I Wish I Could Be, which we spotted over at Booooooom, he takes large format photographs of hundreds of self-help books, each arranged around a central theme, in order to examine the way we look at improving ourselves — and maybe, just a little, to poke fun at the same.

Rogowsky describes the project as “an exploration of language, emotions and the desire to change and improve one’s self.” He writes, “I am interested in the larger questions of how we communicate and deal with moments of pain and change and the commonalities of those experiences, as well as, the patterns and contradictions that are often inherent in language, advice and differing philosophies.” After the jump, check out some of our favorites from the series, and then be sure to head on over to Rogowsky’s website for even more of his work.

There Is A Rainbow. Photo Credit: Kent Rogowsky

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Photo Credit: Kent Rogowsky

From Birth to Death. Photo Credit: Kent Rogowsky

Waiting For the Sunset. Photo Credit: Kent Rogowsky

Am I the only one? Photo Credit: Kent Rogowsky

Side by Side. Photo Credit: Kent Rogowsky

Love, Anger, Fear, Joy, Sadness. Photo Credit: Kent Rogowsky

You Are Special. Photo Credit: Kent Rogowsky

You And Me. Photo Credit: Kent Rogowsky

Beginnings without end. Photo Credit: Kent Rogowsky