Unmade beds tell a story. They are a visual history of a recent past, they touch us, they might repulse us, they are intimate records, they are still warm, but mostly they are a mirror of our own imagination. Ernst Schlogelhofer comments “I was moved by Tracey Emin’s bed; however Sophie Calle’s project ‘The Hotel’ was more ambitious and had a more sustained impact on me. In collaboration with Hotel Beethoven in Vienna I decided to create my own series of unmade hotel beds. I wanted to create timelessness in my photos and used old Kodak film.
Stuffed Zoo Series
Victorian tea trader Frederick Horniman began collecting specimens and artefacts from around the world in 1860. As a result of his frequent and exotic trade journeys his collection increased and outgrew the family home. In 1898 Horniman commissioned Charles Townsend to design a new museum and the Horniman Museum opened in 1901. He moved his collection into the museum and to this day the Horniman Museum retains its Edwardian flair. I highly recommend a visit.
In the time before political correctness Horniman came back from his hunting trips loaded with heads and fur of his dead trophies. The London taxidermists had never seen the animals alive and this made the “stuffed” results look rather surreal. Today, we can still see them in their dusty glass cabinets. They appear suspended in space and time. Ernst Schlogelhofer was immediately drawn to the animals. "I felt curiosity and sadness; I was repelled and attracted and I knew that I wanted to photograph them in a way that made them look alive again."