In 2014 I started to take pictures of tissues. I worked in an office in Mayfair and was surprised at how messy people would leave the bathrooms. I would go into cubicles and be shocked at the amount of tissue paper on the floor and people would use paper towels to dry their hands and just leave them on the counters rather than put them in one of the two bins. I started to photograph them and posted them on Instagram with the hashtag of bathroom sculptures. I made a new account to post them in order to not post too many to my account but never did as I thought that no one would like it. The bio reads 'Appreciating the artforms that are made by people who don't like bins'.
Taking pictures of them has become a bit of a test for me. It's a natural thing that I do now, but I still feel awkward about it - unless I am in a cubicle by myself.
Today I saw one on the steps of the bus as I waited to get off. I was stood on the last step so it meant I was a bit shielded from people as the bus wasn't super busy. Two people were sat in front of me but they were looking at their phones and someone stood close to the door. A CCTV screen was next to me so I worried that there was one on the other side of the wall and that people would be able to see me taking pictures but I took one anyways. Well I took 3 as we were stopped at a red light. I wanted to try to frame it better as the first was rushed, then with the second a lorry was going past, then with the third there was a car.
I’ve been meaning to make a project page for the series for a while, but it is quite different to the rest of my work and I’m worried that people won’t get it. I get some pleasure out of it though…