Made by MENDOAbout the books
Who will recognize a great book better than a bookstore? A bookstore run by graphic designers. Here’s why: at MENDO we get market feedback seven days a week, we are blessed to be surrounded by a bunch of talented, inspiring people – photographers, writers and publishers – and after being a bookstore for more than 15 years, we can easily say we know what book aficionados are looking for. Don’t you agree that initiating, creating and realizing jaw-dropping books now, only comes natural?
A MENDO publication is a well-designed book with visually stunning creative content, browsed by people to be amazed and inspired. The subject-matter is one of our pre-defined curated categories, fashion, photography, interior, sport, lifestyle, food and traveling. In general, a MENDO book is a piece of furniture in itself.
Each image comes to represents a brief chapter in the history of the building and those within it
Shot over several stays between 2009 and 2012 the project Still Life is a behind the scenes look at the exclusive hotel. A series of intimate portraits of the hotel’s guests and staff photographed against the rich backdrop of the luxurious building create a kind of catalogue of grandeur and extravagance. We are granted with a unique glimpse of the interior and it’s clientele as viewed through Nollen’s lens. Each portrait reveals something new for us, as differing aspects of personality and anomalies in the surrounding environment become apparent. There is an element of the mysterious as deep reds; opulent fabrics and intricate patterns evoke a sense of drama and tension.
Many of the sitters apear as though staged, stare straight down the lens commanding our attention; luring us in. In others a more vulnerable, human element is evident within the awkward and self -conscious mannerisms captured. The natural reactions of staring to the floor or off to the side raise questions, drawing us off outside of the frame as though mimicking subject’s gaze. Whilst Nollen is known for the diversity of his subjects somehow these differences fade away with each image in the series brought together by his gaze. Without the use of make-up, styling, studio or lighting the portraits become united by a kind of incidental style.
The use of available light within the series establishes a connection between the Photographer and the subject, evoking a sense of the transient nature of the space. Fading from darkness to light, the changing light suggests the ever-present transition from one guest’s departure to another’s arrival. Each image comes to represents a brief chapter in the history of the building and those within it, a fleeting moment suspended in the frame, time itself trapped within the extravagant fabrics which form the backdrop of many of the images.