CHARMED BY THE BIZARRE CUSTOM TO LEAVE FURNITURE OUTSIDE FOR PUBLIC USE APPARENTLY COMMON IN NEW ZELAND, GERMAN PHOTOGRAPHER ANGELA CLEMENS BEGAN A CHARMING PHOTO SERIES OF THE FORGOTTEN FURNITURE SHE ENCOUNTERED DURING HER JOURNEY
Regional habits are endlessly fascinating, whether they relate to eating, drinking, sleeping or otherwise.
While travelling in New Zealand, for example, Munich-born photographer Angela Clemens developed a curious interest for the sofas and armchairs she endlessly came across on driveways and porches, in front gardens and on street corners. So she started photographing them, wanting to portray the rustic charm that the furniture acquires when it begins to break down, like in a collecting frenzy.
Then she stumbled across furniture in completely unexpected places – beaches, stadiums and rooftops! At this point the furniture she shot began to assume a strangely compelling charm.
The resulting photographs are the subject of the most recent edition of Trademark Publishing’s “PICNIC” zine. You’ll never look at an abandoned armchair with the same dismissal again.