I have a bit of love and hate for design since I can be very judgemental about how too much design can kill the core of the art. Perhaps it is related to my desire to pour a bucket of red paint in the middle of The Louvre because it just seems too perfect.
On my assignment for T Magazine, I had an opportunity to meet and photograph Tom Sheerer, an American Interior Decorator, whose new book was just came out this past September. The job came about 6 weeks after the birth of my son, and my apartment was an overwhelming mess of questionable baby things which we weren’t even sure we would ever use, or if they would end up slowly deteriorating in a landfill. Truth be told, plenty of my belongings were aimlessly floating around the apartment as well. The chaos in our home mirrored the chaos of my own life right after childbirth. Trying to navigate through life with an infant was a big transition. When we entered Mr. Scheerer’s home in Greenwitch Village, somehow I felt very relaxed and almost just wanted to sit around, sip on the cup of espresso he poured for us, and leaf through the Magritte book that was laying on his sofa. His home wasn't screaming with coolness but had warm whimsical feeling as well as a down to earth, comfortable atmosphere. Each object in his house was carefully selected and felt personal, and there was something generous about the space even though it was not that big. What makes people relaxed at home is different for everyone, but I think that surroundings can affect one's mood, work habits, and perhaps the thinking process more than we are actually aware of perhaps.
Another thing I will remember from the shoot is the way he responded when I asked him if I could use one of the rooms to breast pump during the lunch break. Without any look of surprise or hesitation, he quickly asked the female staff at his office, “Girls, could you get the photographer a room for breast pumping?”
It was a great pleasure to meet Tom, and I enjoyed the day collaborating for the pictures.