Friday, 27 April 2012
Loos van Cleve
These are great! Apparently, during a long flight, Nina Katchadourian, went to the loo and over several visits and after performing various feats of origami on the loo paper, as well as other objects to hand, has created these fabulous self portraits in a mock Northern Renaissance style. Admittedly I did wonder when she said she "spontaneously put a tissue paper toilet cover seat cover over my head and took a picture in the mirror using my cellphone." Just the sort of thing one does when going to the loo on the plane (!)
"While in the lavatory on a domestic flight in March 2010, I spontaneously put a tissue paper toilet cover seat cover over my head and took a picture in the mirror using my cellphone. The image evoked 15th-century Flemish portraiture. I decided to add more images made in this mode and planned to take advantage of a long-haul flight from San Francisco to Auckland, guessing that there were likely to be long periods of time when no one was using the lavatory on the 14-hour flight. I made several forays to the bathroom from my aisle seat, and by the time we landed I had a large group of new photographs entitled Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style. I was wearing a thin black scarf that I sometimes hung up on the wall behind me to create the deep black ground that is typical of these portraits. There is no special illumination in use other than the lavatory's own lights and all the images are shot hand-held with the camera phone."