My friends kindly indulge me and allow me to photograph their book collections. The art is in how they curate and display their books—not in my photography. It allows me to creep around their minds a bit more, see where their interests truly lie.
Doug Henderson, from Ohio, lived in Tokyo for six years and in San Francisco for close to a decade. He and his fiancé Chuck have been together for six years. They have lived together in three different apartments and recently bought a home. They have combined their book collections into one massive library. It has grown significantly through the years. Doug is a writer who recently finished his first novel, The Cleveland Heights LGBT Sci-Fi and Fantasy Role Playing Club. Chuck is a scientist. They are both huge nerds and as a result, have a number of science fiction books, Dungeon & Dragon manuals and large amount of graphic novels and manga. They have dedicated two walls and six book cases to their library.
The second in my series of photographing my friends’ book collections; I eagerly visited my friends’ homes to see what they read and how they display their books. (To see the first entry, click here.) Our collections reveal a path, of who we were and who we are striving to be. Many people living in the city have to downsize, so while the shelves are not an accurate representation of who someone is, they can reveal the thought process. Which books have they moved from apartment to apartment for over a decade?
J E N N I F E R & M A R C O
Jennifer got her BA in art history and went on to graduate school at CCA to study Visual Criticism. She had just finished organizing her books the day I visited. She explained how they are arranged by genre. Poetry, literature, children’s lit, mystery, art monographs, philosophy, spirituality. Each section is then arranged alphabetically. Within each author’s section the books are arranged alphabetically by title.