The Airplane Lavatory Self-Portraits of Nina Katchadourian

 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.”

Via PetaPixel, thanks to a tip from Kaitlin Fontana (whose Fresh at Twenty is worth reading). Nina Katchadourian’s website has more photos, but loads very, very slowly.

About Jordan

Jordan Matthew Yerman started writing during his third year of high school, where his teacher discouraged his use of the eff-word as "crude, unnecessary and uncouth". While attending UC San Diego for his degree in Political Science, Jordan picked up acting; he would later attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, living in the UK for four years before relocating to New York City. To get by, he has worked as a proofreader, model, technical consultant, HR trainer, sign-placer, sales director, crate stacker, bartender, photographer, real estate broker, and as an exhibit at the Bronx Museum. As an actor, Jordan has performed in the USA, England, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, and Netherlands, from stage to indie screen to voiceover, including London's West End. Jordan has been around the world 2 3/4 times. He currently lives in Vancouver and works in New Media; capital N, capital M. You can reach him via jordan at international jet trash dot com.

One thought on “The Airplane Lavatory Self-Portraits of Nina Katchadourian

  1. Exactly, she portraits well the righteous, conceited or relentless character but that’s not enough by her blatantly modern face who lacks mercy and virtue or solemnity, contrariwise she looks too much of a passive-aggressive burgess ever dressed in black…. 15th-Century itself was the sublime version of present, before it inevitably went cheesy minimal to the doom into a tasteless soap opera with 1/100 of the hues of the past era.

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