Handling Hotel Bathroom Origami

03 May 2009
May 3, 2009

I have just returned from the GEL Conference in New York—a fantastic opportunity to listen, meet, and interact with many wonderful and fascinating minds. Remind me to tell you about the game Werewolf: a parlor game on the surface, but one filled with intrigue and issues of trust and paranoia. But I digress.

The purpose of today’s post is to introduce you to a new series of photographs I’ve been taking over the last few years. Of course, you know that I’ve recently gotten back to my love of photography. So, today I’d like to publicly present my ongoing series: Hotel Bathroom Origami.

Why would any one want someone else to touch the toilet and tissue paper and the towels in our hotel bathroom? A rhetorical question as it seems to be more and more the norm as I travel around the world. Every time I arrive at my hotel destination, my first stop is usually the bathroom for a pit stop. But with the Swine Flu consuming us (or at least our germaphobe tendencies), who wants anyone handling anything we touch to our noses and unmentionables? To say nothing of wasting paper just for the sake of presentation. Really!

Werewolf has nothing on the scary paranoiac (yet oddly beautiful) Hotel Bathroom Origami.

2 replies
  1. Nina says:

    AC broke down during recent heatwave, so my cat and I headed to a hotel for some hotel origami. I didn’t photograph it, but I had your exact thoughts :-)
    And the new “green” thing of using towels and linens sparingly? As sparing as the room service portion? There are, of course, a few definitions of “green.”

  2. Greg says:

    Nice collection. I never understood why so many hotels fold their paper into an arrow. Is it supposed to remind you of taking a ticket and/or indicate the direction the roll has been set to spin? I’m still trying to figure out the coffee in the bathroom thing. Ah the mysteries that come to us from the world of hotel operations management.

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