When you think of travel photography, your first thought is probably a vast and varied landscape or a bustling city-scape, not the bathroom. Don’t be so quick to discount the toilet though, they don’t call it ‘the throne’ for nothing. Photographer (or toilographer, as he would say), Dan Schaumann actually travels the world in search of the coolest toilets to photograph, and he’s seen some pretty impressive stuff. Ever sat on a 18-karat gold toilet? Well, Schaumann has.
Ladies and gentleman, let me present to you the Holy Grail of toilets! 🏆🚽 Entitled ‘America’ (2016), it’s a fully functional & usable 18 karat gold throne by artist Maurizio Cattelan on display at New York’s Guggenheim museum. “This work makes available to the public an extravagant luxury product seemingly intended for the 1 percent.” It doesn’t get much better than this 😁
He started posting pictures of toilets six years ago–around the time Instagram was just taking off–as a joke to see if people really will ‘like’ anything. After some early successes, Schaumann realized that there are tons of bathrooms that are actually art in their own right. Then he started a blog to showcase some of the best ones the world has to offer.
‘Most people see toilets as just this everyday mundane necessity,’ he told Your Morning, ‘While I’ve been doing this photo blog, I’ve noticed that, actually, toilets can be very interesting and they can be this platform for artwork in a way. And that’s something I’d really like to show off to people.’
Originally from Australia, now living in Canada full-time, Schaumann has taken photos of toilets on five continents. Now any time he travels, he turns to the online community for suggestions of unique bathrooms to photograph.
‘I do a fair amount of traveling and before I go to a city, I usually go online to places like Reddit and I actually crowd-source and get people’s suggestions as to the most interesting washrooms that I can find in the city,’ he said, ‘Usually what I do is I plan my travels around these interesting bars and restaurants.’ Apparently the bathroom is a pretty good indication of how cool the place is too.
‘I find that [places with interesting washrooms] are generally the most interesting places that I go to visit along my travels,’ Schaumann says.
So what does the toilet of a toilographer look like?
‘It’s actually a normal toilet, but when Honest Ed’s closed down, I bought a sign–an advertisement for toilet rolls–and I put that on top of my toilet so I’ve got a little bit of Toronto history in my bathroom.’
Wow, it looks like those fancy Moxie’s bathrooms are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to interesting places to pee. Keep an eye out and drop Dan a line if you come across something extraordinary.
Thanks so much @poopcafe for giving me a sneak preview at your awesome toilet-themed decor! People of Toronto: keep your eye on this place at Bloor & Christie to hopefully open before the end of the month, it’s gonna be a blast. Great to see the Asian concept of the toilet restaurant making its way into North America! 🚽☕️