FvF Item of the Week: Trompe l’oeil bookshelf by Marcus Gaab
We had to look twice at this intriguing bookshelf in Christiane Bördner and Marcus Gaab’s home on Freunde von Freunden.
In actuality it is a high resolution picture of a bookshelf that was photographed by Marcus and printed on a 1:1 scale. It is so detailed you can even read the booktitles. Holding its place on the same wall for a decade, it has surprised three cleaning ladies over the years!
The work is one of a series of twelve trompe l’oeil book shelf motifs that arose from Marcus’ social studies that involved surveying modern middle class intellectuals and questioning why people retain books they have already read.
Photo by: Philipp Langenheim
© deborah feingold photography
Sinead O’Connor 1990
Overexposure Is So Underrated
Rolling Stone arranged for my flight to Montreal to photograph Sinead O’Connor. I had worked with her before and knew that, contrary to her public persona, she was actually quite shy.
We arrived at her small, dimly lit hotel room, four heavy equipment cases in tow, late in the day. As I was getting reacquainted with her, my assistant unpacked the cameras and lighting gear. After a few minutes, he whispered into my ear that he needed to speak with me privately.
“There’s a small problem. We can’t use the lighting equipment. I left the power cords in NYC.” At first I thought he was kidding, but quickly remembered that he was a humor-challenged kind of guy. I had ten seconds to figure this out. With my back to Sinead, I took a deep cleansing breath and on the exhale, turned around with a smile. I asked her to sit at the table in front of the window. I put my camera onto my tripod, securing it for a very long over-exposed shot.
And that was that.
If you share the work of others, it’s your duty to make sure that the creators of that work get proper credit. Crediting work in our copy-and-paste age of reblogs and retweets can seem like a futile effort, but it’s worth it, and it’s the right thing to do. You should always share the work of others as if it were your own, treating it with respect and care.