Creative In-Flight Self-Portraits
How do you pass the time on a long-haul flight? Well, if your’e photographer Nina Katchadourian, you lock youself in the lavatory and imitate 15th-Century photographs with toilet paper.
No matter how badly I had to go, I could never be angry at someone using the airplane lavatory for such a purpose. Indeed, it’s perhaps the highest and best use of that abrasive toilet paper.
Says Katchadourian, “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.”