– Appreciation of the restroom through the viewfinder
Hi! My name is Dan and I find great amusement in taking photos of toilets.
Some people think this makes me weird, but I assure you I’m (mostly) normal – I just happen to find them very photogenic.
It all started a few years ago when I lived in London. Occasionally at work my friend Rhiannon would browse through interior design websites during her lunch break, searching for unique bathroom ideas. She was particularly interested in the toilets, which I found to be quite humorous, to the point where I later bought her the book, Toilets Of The World, as a joke for her birthday.
Back in Australia a year later, I went on a weeklong road trip around North Queensland. My mum had just given me a digital SLR and I decided to practice using it by capturing as many unique toilets as I could find along the way. It was a surprisingly fun experiment, and after the trip I posted a blog about it called Toilets Of North Queensland. Check it out.
In late 2011 I discovered Instagram. The first thing that struck me about Instragram was how anyone could post a blurry picture of any old crap, whack a filter onto it and get hundreds of ‘likes’ from their friends. I set myself the challenge to see how many photos of toilets it would take before somebody ‘liked’ one. It only took me one post.
I’ve continued to photograph toilets ever since then, whether it be around my current home town of Sydney or throughout my travels across Australia and the world. The whole experience has left me with a newfound respect for the restroom. I can pretty much find something unique in every bathroom I enter now, such as an interesting colour scheme, feature, or sign on the wall. I coined the term toilography and decided to create this blog to share my findings with anyone else who might be interested.
One thing to note is that the pictures will always remain within the realm of decent taste. I’ll steer clear of bodily fluids and other such vulgarity. This blog is purely to celebrate the many characteristics of the ‘can’.
I encourage you to look at the lavatory with new eyes. Get out your smartphone and snap away at any WC you pass that offers a particular point of interest. Then post it to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Instagram – you might be surprised at how many people like it.
If you enjoy this blog, I’d be delighted if you could leave a comment on one or more of the pics. Also, please check out my personal website. I’m a singer/songwriter in my spare time and have recently released an album; you can find my original music as well as blogs and short stories at my site. Any support would be greatly appreciated
Thank you, and happy toilography!