Derek Brahney is a Brooklyn-based artist, designer and illustrator. Having recently left a long-time job at Partners & Spade, he now divides his time assisting at the studio of Tom Sachs, making art and objects, and providing freelance design and illustration work for companies like Harry's and Sleepy Jones.

As we've been fans of his work since we discovered his iPhone Rothko series, we asked Derek to share some of his unseen smartphone images that would have otherwise made it onto his Instagram. He sheds light on the day-to-day that captures his visual attention. 

"My art often has to do with transforming the nature or purpose of an object. I just made some Christmas ornaments out of found car hood emblems, for instance. I'm fascinated with everyday, manufactured objects, so I think my photos are usually a way for me to record, and look more closely at subtle details or moments that I find beautiful, like a coiled extension cord or lines made by a car in the snow."