What an eye catcher…. I directly fell in love with the photo “David’s bathroom, 2010″ of photographer Christopher Nunn. The bathroom is so private. Most of the time when you visit a friend’s place, except if you do a sleep over, you won’t see the bathroom. More likely you will visit the toilet. The bathroom is persevered well behind closed doors. Therefore it has something mysterious for me. What kind of little secrets are kept there? Secrets that never will be shown to the outside world. Secrets that we will take away if a visitor will visit the bathroom.
The bathroom in this photo looks kind of antique: the brown cement under the mirror, the rusty chain link of the plug, the tap design and the old fashioned typography on the sink. In the mirror you can define -with some creativity- that the bathroom must have brown tiles. It’s old. Times passed. The passing of the time is very well fixed in the leftovers of soap. As if the owner wants to conserve the past. In a way refusing that the time goes on. It’s a little protest against the clock. The clock has no mercy for anyone. And eventually we all have to deal with it. Time can be our best friend, but also our biggest enemy.
The little left overs are kept with so much love. They lay in a very clean space, no dirt. It looks like the owner cleans it once in a while there. The big two soaps at the left and the right side are waiting for being kept. I guess that once the owner had two different colour at each side. At the outside you see two pink left overs, then two green ones and in the middle a blue and a yellow one. I love that detail. Or maybe he’s since the green soap together with someone. So that the owner first had a blue and yellow one for himself. Who knows….
Especially for my generation, “generation y” or the “millennials”, this photo is an icon. There’s so much pressure, rush and stress: on social media, in schools, work, friendships and relationship wise. We keep running behind the high standers of society and our own created standers of a “perfect, actually non exciting, world”. The online world never stops, it always goes on. And then in this photo it’s standing still. No rush, but details. It’s heartwarming and relaxing to look at.