...is my new favorite book. Todd Selby, a professional portrait and fashion photographer, has compiled an amazing collection of photo-biographies on his website (www.theselby.com), some of which are featured in this 'first edition'. as he says on the back cover, "...i go to interesting people's homes and take photos of them hanging out." but this is only the beginning. not only do we get a glimpse into the homes of his subjects, we also get snapshots of the details that fill these spaces...and these details say more about these people than any portrait ever could.
now, some of these spaces are way too cluttered for me (i would probably have a daily panic attack), but i ended up truly inspired by what i saw. whether it was the color, rhythm, or abstractness of it all, i am moved. and there is a bonus...each piece includes a questionnaire filled out by the subjects which includes sketches, lists, and musings about what they do and why they do it. or in some cases, what they have and why they have it. it's like a summer novel that you can't put down. kinda makes me feel uninteresting....but the fact is, i am an editor. i love seeing/living with my favorite pieces and tchotchkes, but i don't necessarily like seeing/living with them all at the same time. instead, i rotate them...which actually might be interesting considering that my house changes every six months or less. why should i try to be as interesting as the people in the book? Lesley Arfin, a selby subject who wrote the introduction says, "The Selby has encouraged not only our inner voyeur, but also our inner exhibitionist."
i'm ready for my close-up, mr. selby.