On Your Doorstep

On Your Doorstep

Paul Strand- “The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.”

Xavier de Maistre


Lived largely as military man, but is known as a French writer.

His work is parody like, talking about his room, but it still has been told in charming way.

The brother of noted philosopher, Joseph de Maistre published the book he wrote and it became popular, most of people started to write a little travel books.

 A Journey Round My Room (1871)


In 1790 Xavier de Maistre was punished for having gotten into a duel by being put under house arrest for forty-two days. De Maistre cleverly took advantage of his sequestration, finding within his own four walls a wealth of material to dwell on. His short book, Voyage around my Room, recounts his expeditions during that time. It is a travel book like no other. 
       De Maistre suffered few hardships: he had his faithful servant tending to his daily needs, and his dog, Rosine, is a stalwart companion. Physically de Maistre could not roam far and so most of the travels were, indeed, leaps of the imagination — but he did find a surprising amount of material in his fairly comfortable room. He slowly leads the reader around it, describing the pictures on the walls, the vistas and prospects within and beyond the room, exploring and dwelling on objects that are otherwise taken for granted. And what he see brings back memories, focusses ideas, leads him to look at things anew.­ / http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/ancienf/xdem1.htm /

“When I travel thought my room, I rarely fallow a straight line: O go from the table towards a picture hanging in a corner; from there, I set out obliquely towards the door; but even though, when I begin, it really is my intention to go there, if I happen to meet my armchair en route, I don’t think twice about it, and settle down in it without further ado.”
From: Xavier de Maistre ‘Voyage autour de ma chambre’

Sian Bonnell

Dada – Art movement

Domestic items, for making art.

She had a child, and she moved to south west, I bet she felt like a French writer. As she was stuck at home, she tried to look for a way to express her. 1993, she started to take pictures at home.

Everyday Dada – House beautiful




– high contrast of the textures she is using. She plays with opposites, and in a way it is nice, it is like a nightmare of a housewife.

‘The photos represent critical reflection on the space we inhabit, from the domestics of home to the natural landscapes’(From Louise Wolthers essay)

Everyday Dada – Serving Suggestions

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Everyday Dada – Serving Suggestions – She presenting different sugesstions. The images are confusing using subjects you would use daily and replacing them with food.

–       The images disrupt and confuse the usual categories of objects and their meaning.

–       Reminds us of home and food magazine – of the familiar cookbook aesthetic or tips on the packet on how to serve food: ‘Serve with a garnish of fresh chopped herbs, a slice of freshly baked bread and a glass of chilled white wine.’(from Louise Wolthers essay)

Andre Kertesz – published book “From my window”

Freelance photographer. Born in Budapest 1894, Died 1985

Moved to New York – he felt isolated in New York

SX70 – polarizer camera, started to take photos from his window.

Built up to personal photos. When his wife died he barely left the flat, most of the images are melonhonic and nostalgic images, things of objects. His home is his world, taking pictures of his home was his way of living.

Hi has a set of images with figures. First started off with two and ended up with one.


This figures become he as lonely individual.


William Eggleston


“It quickly came to be that I grew interested in photographing whatever was there wherever I happened to be. For any reason”

Born 1939 in Memphis, Tennessee

He has everyday view of things, bold with contrast

The angle he uses to create these images. Some would say that his images are ordinary, but still with a detail and meaning behind them.

Changing the angle and being different, taking photos of a bicycle from very low angle can create the feeling of monumental.

Everyday beautiful things, noticing something and taking picture of it, having something in your head and at some point it all comes together.

The ordinary subject matter

Museum of Modern Art, his first show wasn’t huge success; people were interested but not overly excited. After a while, people started to wonder – “how could he notice this at that point”

Unique style to bind beauty and amazing colors.


Nigel Shfran

Dad’s Office (1997 – 1999)


Make his money with fashion photography. Everything he is publishing at the moment is his personal work. He does fashion few times a year and the rest of time he spends on his personal work.

His work is of the moment, where he lives what he sees. He has a feeling to do this, to capture images. Work is about observation of his day life. And finding beauty in things that other people would find disgusting.

He always shooting on 5×4 camera

In a way he is more interested in the story of light of the way it travels across the room and lies on the object. He wants to tell the story to people.

“When I am inspired to photograph something, that’s what I try to respond to. I try to be open to seeing in this way. Maybe it’s not a very modern way of thinking, but I think that’s a very lovely thing.”

Jem Southam


Born 1950, is a key figure in British landscape photography

He is shooting 10×8, he had exhibition last year and published a book last November.  It is not the same to view a image as the pictures of the exhibition. The pictures are objects.

He goes and takes pictures once a month or two months. His projects take time and he is slow with them. Trying to get used to camera or project. And as he usually says: Pictures are objects.

He was working around his house, he didn’t need anything else just a camera and tripod. Much more free and much more flexible – working around your house.



Restricted in your house – no, you have a way to change the viewpoint of have you take picture. You can work around it.

By traveling you can find yourself, but you can loose yourself easily.

“Look at the things around you, the immediate world around you. If you are alive, it will mean something to you, and if you care enough about photography, and if you know how to use it, you will want to photograph that meaningness.” – Paul Strand