Regular Random: five minutes investigating the contents of a shelf


Aprophenia (see below), or a carefully curated installation? Image: Su Leslie, 2018 (click to enlarge image)

I spent much of the weekend in my friend Claire’s studio, photographing the painting and drawing workshops she was running.

In the quiet moments, I turned my lens on the studio itself, including the contents of a shelf tucked away in a back corner.

And in case you’re wondering, Apophenia (/æpˈfniə/) is the tendency to perceive connections and meaning between unrelated things (Merriam-Webster).

Regular Random is a photo challenge hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. If you’d like to join in:

  • choose a subject or a scene
  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
  • try to not interfere with the subject, instead see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • have fun!
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to Desley’s post


34 thoughts on “Regular Random: five minutes investigating the contents of a shelf

    • 😀 We bought a house once based partly on the owners’ book shelves. We figured since we had the same taste in books, if they liked the house, we would too (they were moving overseas for work, and did love the house).So did we!!
      I talk about reducing my library, but truly, as long as I can find space, I will keep my books. Even if I have to build furniture out of them.

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      • That is an awesome reason for buying (partly) a house – it makes sense to me!

        I just got fed up moving the books the last time. There are those faves I read over and over, so I’ll keep those. Any more, I read most everything on my Kindle and I prefer to have books there (because wherever I go, I have all of them with me!).

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  1. Now this is a favorite of mine. And not because you introduced me to a new word: Apophenia. There is a connection to a collection by one person though—it represents slices of who that person is, places they have been, loves they have fallen into or out of. The artist whose studio you photographed certainly has a varied catalogue to represent him/her. I wonder if everyone appears this mysterious and exciting taken out of context?

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    • Thanks 🙂 I now what you mean about ephemera, especially a collection, says so much about a person. I’ve photographed my own office shelves before and actually been surprised by what my stuff says about me.
      The artist, Claire Delaney, is a very old friend and ex-neighbor. She teaches art as well as selling her paintings and illustrating books, so her studio is deliberately a sort of ‘Aladdin’s Cave’. It creates a rich environment for her students, and of course means she has all her work materials at her fingertips.

      I think lots of us are encouraged to “put things away” and “be tidy”, and it inhibits the sort of informal curation of our lives through objects.

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    • I’m quite conscious when there is a class in the studio that I’m an extra there, and try to spend a bit of time focusing on the space itself so that people get used to my presence before I making shots that have them in.

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