Homeless Furniture

For several months I wandered around West Oakland taking pictures of the abandoned furniture waiting to be picked up by the City. After a while, the couches seemed to have their own personalities; they become members of the homeless community of an area.

I wanted to make a book of the homeless furniture, a book that would express those personalities, but it wasn’t working. Until one day I combined some of my figure drawings in a (nearly) life-size scale with the photographs, and something clicked “ON”. The “ghosts” in the furniture jumped to life — on the page as well as in my head. Since the images are about 80″ tall I thought they are too big for a traditional bound book — until I thought about books very ancient and almost as old as the midden. I thought of scrolls on aged and yellowed paper.

These pages are digitally printed on asuka, a natural warm white Japanese paper.