Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Take Shelf



When you work in publishing, there is something called The Take Shelf. People deposit all kinds of books on said shelf and you can take them. Most of the time they are extra copies of books you worked on, but sometimes other things show up.

My friend Christine told me she once put The OC season 1 on The Take Shelf and it was gone in about 20 seconds.

I was fighting a bad cold last week. After taking a day off, I decided to drag my sniffling nose and scratchy throat into the office again. As I feverishly walked down the hall to my desk, I glanced at The Take Shelf.

I was pretty sure I was hallucinating when I spotted a copy of photographer David LaChapelle's Hotel Chapelle. Or maybe the person who put in on The Take Shelf had been hallucinating. Either way, I now have a new book by one of my favorite photographers. And something to pass the time while I focus on getting better.



I still remember seeing this image on the cover of Rolling Stone, and subsequently taped on my wall.


Leo in his Romeo & Juliet days.





(All photos from Hotel Chapelle, 1999)


19 comments:

Faux Fuchsia said...

I used to live in a 1950s highrise filled with tonnes of apartments that we call flats or units. We had the Take Stairs, a fire escape arrangement thing where you'd leave your old magazines - my old Vogues and Tatlers were snaffled up in minutes. Love the book- didn't he direct a Dandy Warhol video once?

Fashionistable said...

Yes he was an amazing photographer. It is always great to see his work. Thank you.

Christine said...

Nice find! Good karma comes from dragging your butt into work while sick.

p.s. I'm honored my O.C. DVDs and I have been immortalized in the blog. :] True story, everyone... true story.

Sergio said...

Dammit. You have the best take-shelf luck. All I ever got was a crappy DVD set of the O.C. one time.....

Jade "Purple" Brown said...

i love the crazy chainswaw picture!

liyana said...

love the pictures. cool , theres such thing a take shelf or take stairs.

we dont have one or any i know of in my country

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MsHark said...

how cool is that?! I love to hear about things like this. I'm glad this book found a good home with someone who can appreciate it! such neat pics!!

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Liissa said...

wow, just beautiful pictures! xoxo

In-tree-gue said...

the comme des garcons tumor picture is fantastic!

CMA said...

loving these editorial shots
fabulous, loving the inspiration
thanks for sharing darling
and i appreciate your comments, it means the world!

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Lau' said...

I love these pictures. I saw the David Lachapelle's exposition in Paris.
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Walk The Sand said...

This book looks amazing... thanks for sharing images.
x

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Kitty said...

He's such an amazing photographer!

Valeria said...

I love David Lachapelle, i went to his exhibition in Paris and I was impressed with his work, all his pics are plenty of colors and with a sexy touch!!

Jessie said...

I love these pictures :)

xoxo,
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akaCola said...

love these pictures....they are all so colorful and wild!...and i think ita pretty cool that at your job you have a take shelf!!

Jade "Purple" Brown said...

your link is up on my blog!

Jen Heuer said...

wow! great find! that cold musta been going around the office and whoever put that on the shelf musta been on nyquil, a lot of it!