“My desktop changes a few times a month; right now this lemon is to remind me both to think more Big Picture and to just make.”
“This is the cleanest my desktop has been in the last six months. Preparing a show is stressful. These two images are from a body called Disturbances, by Irish photographer Willie Doherty.”
“On top of digital images and video, I also shoot on damaged and/or redscale film, so I usually use one of those pics as my wallpaper, which I then impose boxes for keeping current projects separated from misc. clutter on my desktop.”
Joshua Harry Hall, 24, Musician and Photographer, Byron Bay, Australia
“Yea I found this in a search for a new desktop, That someone else made, and though I would submit the one I was using now.
I am 60, a pro Photographer (off and on), Digital Art and Photography, Lafayette Indiana (Purdue), and my site is currently down. This is a heavily modified dragonfly image converted into a Wallpaper border that I am currently trying to sell.”
Jim Longster, 60, Digital Artist and Photographer, Lafayette, IN
“I am really scatterbrained and always have too many projects running at the same time. It’s constantly a battle for me to keep this desktop clean. The “Josh Bell is Awesome” folder is actually in even more disarray as it consists mainly of files from desktop cleanups. Someone help me x.x”
Charles Cole, 25, Multimedia Artist, Matsudo, Chiba, Japan
“I have maybe too many interests and I always feel as though I don’t have (or make) enough time to really get way into them like I’d prefer.
The greenery picture was actually my desktop when I downloaded Steam in order to play this game with a sweet soundtrack, Hotline Miami. Upon opening the game, the title appeared on my screen like this and I thought it was absolutely perfect. Ironically, it’s been a few weeks and I have yet to play this game…”
Maria L., 21, Graphic Designer, St. Louis, MO
“West Virginia is a place where Thesis and Grad School applications do not exist.”
“I’m a fine artist working predominantly in glitch, gif, and pixel art, I also make noise music, I tend to have a weekly clean up of my desktop and this is about two days worth of practice images saved, a handful of which actually go out into a public forum. The image is a teletext version of the Jaws movie poster I made, but due to my lack of copyright knowledge I’m not really able to upload most of the posters I’ve re-made through fear of being sued.”
Dec Ackroyd, Pixel Artist & Noise Musician, Lincoln, UK
“My desktop is generally somewhat messy since I am in grad school and am always working on various projects or assignments at once. Either way, my organization when it comes to my laptop is minimal. I like to say I can find things in my mess, or I enjoy discovering old work and inspiration through searches.
My current background is a photo of my mother circa 1995, when my family and I immigrated from Cuba to the United States, making Memphis, Tennessee our home. She’s sitting by the Mississippi, which is directly in front of her. My father snapped the photo.
I have used family photographs in my past work and am always intrigued by the family album. I believe they are our first introduction to fine art photography. I think they are worth more than gold.”
“Took some shots at the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco on during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with my family. Jellyfish are the epitome of “going with the flow.”
“I try and keep the desktop image simple, beautiful and relaxing. There’s enough going on already. I keep the inspiring images on tumblr, in their own space. I don’t wanna drown in other people’s images all day.”
Marcelo Gutierrez,18, Visual and Performance Artist, Oakland, CA
“This is a prime example of how I keep my desktop in the midst of finals. I am a graduate student currently, and although I maintain a slight amount of organization, I cannot help but constantly snag inspiration and throw it on my desktop.
I always use other artists’ images as my desktop background too. I hate exposing myself to my own work an unnecessary amount, so I like to look at someone else’s when I’m not working on mine.
Here’s a link to that image, so you guys can go look at the artist’s other work.”
“The image is by Alison Rossiter and the image info is “Haloid Platina, exact expiration date unknown, ca. 1915, processed in 2010.”
Val Karuskevich, 20, Artist, Baltimore, MD
“My work commonly involves technological glitches, so my background usually reflects this. It sometimes makes it hard to see what icons are what, or even if there are icons there at all, but I still choose to have it this way just because I like the look of it.”