i've always enjoyed hotel rooms although i'm not quite sure why. they're stereotypical, sort of neutral and very contemporary - qualities i don't necessarily appreciate in any other areas of my life. but - when it comes to hotel rooms, i like it...i'll even go as far as to say i dig hotel rooms.
the vibe of a hotel - a luxury hotel, a trashy motel, a brothel - is kind of refreshing. it inspires me to be creative. maybe it's the traces of the people that's been there before me - i'm talking about the wear and tear of usage...it has to be clean - or maybe it's the atmosphere void of personality that attracts me.
i spent last night at a typical business class hotel in a small town called tønsberg here in norway. i stayed in room 422. it wasn't a great room, but it wasn't too shabby either. it hadn't been refurnished in a while and the people who had been there before me had used it for what it was worth.
with a few miutes to kill before heading out for a dinner with colleagues, i deceided to create a little photo essay using my iphone 4. i used an app called 'hipstamatic', which is really cool, but unfortunately used a little too much by a little too many. although you can change the look dramatically by switching around both lenses and film, among other things, most people don't and thus create a stereotypical (that word again) look.
i chose black & white to remove the distraction of color from these images and simply love the fact that they are squares. i know i can crop regular 35mm frames, but it would be awesome owning a camera that creates square photographs from the get-go.
what do you guys think? what feelings do these images invoke? as always i'd love to hear you thoughts and feel free to leave a comment either here or there - wherever that may be. oh...and if you click on the images, you'll se even larger versions.