No, these 15th century Flemish style portraits weren’t shot in a professional photography studio, just a small airplane lavatory. Yes, Nina Katchadourian spends her time on long haul international flights locked in the airplane’s lavatory taking selfies in the style of 15th century Flemish paintings. Continue reading for more.

Here’s what Nina Katchadourian has to say:

While in the lavatory on a domestic flight in March 2010, I spontaneously put a tissue paper toilet cover seat cover over my head and took a picture in the mirror using my cellphone. The image evoked 15th-century Flemish portraiture. I made several forays to the bathroom from my aisle seat, and by the time we landed I had a large group of new photographs entitled Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style. I was wearing a thin black scarf that I sometimes hung up on the wall behind me to create the deep black ground that is typical of these portraits.

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