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My Bookshelf, the Attention Whore

My Bookshelf

Meet my bookshelf. It stands in my apartment and carries some of my favorite things: many books that I have read, lots that I haven’t yet. An awesome little textile rendition of my Richard character that my dear sister made for me. Some paintings I did when I was into acrylic and canvas one cold winter, including one I did on a cheap Converse knockoff. My old camera that introduced me to photography. Documents and receipts. A Coke bottle I liked so much I brought it home with me from a vacation in Croatia. A shoebox filled with small, trivial objects that remind me of my childhood. The kind of stuff you’d find in a shelf.

And it’s really just that: a bookshelf.

It’s also my most popular photo on Flickr. It has over 4000 views, almost over 30 favorites, it’s featured in 2 galleries, has provided me with invites to numerous groups, has won two Flickr group prizes and for a while it was one of the top results on Google Images. Whoa!

Why do I mention all that? Self-praise stinks, as we say in Germany. Well, it would, if I were trying to take credit for it, but I’m not. The whole thing just developed a life on its own, and I think it’s hilarious! Really, I love the irony: of all of the effort I put into my photos, it’s the boring, 2-minute, full frontal shot of a bookshelf that grabs all the attention.

It baffles the mind.


8 Comments

  1. nicky November 3, 2010 @ 17:53

    i hope richard is taking good care of your apartment ;) was fun making him :)


  2. Jerome Dahdah November 3, 2010 @ 19:06

    He is! It’s so much safer since I have Richard keeping a watchful eye. :)


  3. oliver November 4, 2010 @ 11:41

    i blame the skull.


  4. Christiane November 12, 2010 @ 12:15

    Richard is truly the most awesome textile being I’ve ever seen. He’s so laid-back and down-to-earth ;)

    I’d love a picture of the old camera though!


  5. Jerome Dahdah November 13, 2010 @ 13:38

    Hehe, “old” is pretty relative in this case, actually. It was a Nikon D40 that really gave me the spark before I bought my current D90.


  6. Your mom November 26, 2010 @ 22:36

    Nice to see again some books that I had forgotten about…. :-)


  7. Nicole June 6, 2011 @ 22:39

    is richard going with you to australia??? he shall take care of you! ;)



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