As some of you know I was in NYC a few weeks ago, and on my little escapade I picked up The Selby book, but what you don’t know is this is my kind of porn! The Selby book, as The Selby website does, plays Peeping Tom into the homes and lives of people we want to know about.
Now if I was in NYC a few weeks ago, why has it taken me so long to finally get to this? Not because I was avoiding, but because I wanted to take my time pouring over the pages and devouring as much as I could of the over 40 homes and people Selby photographed before I turned it over to you lovely ones. Like I said, this is my kind of porn.
First off let me say, the first page of the book is a page of stickers, which equals an immediate 10 points.
The hard cover book titled The Selby Is in Your Place was conceived when fashion and interiors photographer, Todd Selby (bless his soul) started taking snaps of people in their homes, musicians, fashion folk, surfers, you name it, if they are interesting they are in the book.
But Selby doesn’t take the staged/propped shots magazines do when they profile people in their homes. He takes intimate shots of their tchotchkes, pets, gardens, shoes, closets, bathrooms with the toilet seat up, and basically all things that make them the individuals that they are.
But he isn’t taking photos of a la lifestyles of the rich and famous, it’s not a book filled with lavish boudoirs and hallways that seem to go on for miles and miles. The people and places are real, famous or not, rich or not, there is something mesmerizing about each and everyone of them.
This book is every voyeur and exhibitionist’s dream, it’s a true peak into the lives of others.
It’s as if Selby isn’t even there, like the photographs somehow magically took themselves and they just are. He also annotates the photographs with little hand-written notes and drawings about what things are, where they were found, or who made them.
Another fun little peak into the lives of others is the mini-hand-written questionnaires Selby gives his subjects, with questions like “What are your 8 favourite things to collect?” and “Who is your favourite Garbage Pail Kid?” Not so typical questions, but this is not your typical interiors type of book.
When you read through it and devour the pages like I did, prepare to spend countless hours day dreaming about Todd Selby in your place, or dreaming you lived in the homes of people like potter/interior designer Jonathan Adler and Barney’s creative director Simon Doonan (they have a brass Hermès sign above their toilet), or model/fashion designer Erin Wasson (her dining room table/desk will have you salivating at the mouth),or uber cool Purple Magazine editor, Olivier Zahm‘s collection of books and colgne.
I could keep naming amazing people with amazing places in the book, but I won’t, because you should just go out and get it!
Oh and Todd Selby, sorry I couldn’t critiques the book, I just love it too much.
PS If you happen to live in Toronto and love this as much as I do, Todd Selby will be signing books at the Bloor St Holt Renfrew June 16 from 12:o0 pm-1:30 pm.