Baseball cards. Butterflies in shadow boxes. Vintage couture. What is it about collections? What is it about collectors that their collecting becomes such habit? Such necessity. Such compulsion. Dare I say obsession? This four-part photo essay on collectors originally appeared in Ottawa Magazine’s 2013 Interiors edition. To see all the photography, order your copy here.
Writing by Cindy Deachman / Photography by Rémi Thériault
Something can always be used — and often is — from this collection, and anything goes.
Need an American flag? Jonathan Hobin has sewn one. Need a change purse made from a frog, its mouth acting as the clasp? Hobin has bought one.
For Hobin finds castoffs and makes props both for his photography — he’s best known for his unnerving staged sets with children — and for set dressing.
Here, the pope wears a homemade crown of thorns as — more blasphemy — a necklace. Hobin, looking for all the world like a strict preacher, holds a Bible (again crafted in-house) — his take on a Louis Vuitton. (Did they really put out such an item?) A framed piece hanging behind him was given to him by a little girl — a congratulations card for an art opening of Hobin’s.