If you’re not familiar with Paul Octavious, perhaps you’ve been buried beneath a hill?! I was introduced to his work via instagram last year and was immediately taken by his stunning offbeat photography and design work. He’s since become an internet superstar. Based in Chicago, he has partnered with The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Pitchfork, Nike, Threadless and many other blue chip publishers and brands. But it’s his personal projects and random snaps that delight and inspire me most, specifically “Same Hill Different Day.” Octavious has photographed the same hill along a lakefront near Montrose Harbor over the past couple years - from quiet foggy mornings to afternoon kite festivals to fireworks at night. It is simple in premise yet extraordinarily beautiful.
Be sure to check out Paul’s site and his killer instagram feed. My sister and I always joke that he is either one step ahead or behind her on the streets of Chicago – they hang at a lot of the same places. In fact, I saw Paul at Renegade Craft Fair in Bucktown last month, but he had a video cameo filming him, so I didn’t want to interrupt. Too bad! Would love to thank him personally for his inspiring work.