We are beyond excited to kick off #TheQLNightstand series with Brooklyn-based photographer, Meredith Jenks.
But first, what’s the purpose of #TheQLNightstand? It’s simple. To create community and share what we love to read, what we want to read, what we hope to read or may someday read. To share what inspires us and to celebrate this community of booklovers. And, if #bookstagram is any indication, I know you are out there — by the millions! So we’ve asked a few friends to snap a pic and answer a quick fire round of questions. Feel free to join in on the project and send your nightstands our way!
Artist Samantha Hahn introduced me to Meredith Jenks’ work and three words popped immediately into my mind — vibrant, lush and expansive. Meredith captures quiet moments and stillness alongside moments of frenzy, fun and chaos (and all of those moments in between), each linked by a style that is so uniquely and freshly her own. I came across an interview Meredith did with Fader in which she described her approach to her work: “Keep it simple.” A philosophy beautifully reflected in her nightstand . . . .
QL: What are you reading now / what’s on your list?
MJ: ALEX KATZ by PHAIDON, Hard-boiled Wonderland at the End of the World by Karuki Murakami, and Little Labors by Rivka Galchen
QL: Bedtime / nighttime ritual?
MJ: Unfortunately it is scrolling through instagram. . .
QL: Literary hero?
MJ: Matilda from the Roald Dahl book. I remember being impressed by her tenacity even as a young girl reading the book.
QL: Complete the sentence — the best thing about books is . . .
MJ: they can take you to any place or time. (I know obvious, but it really is the best thing!)
For more examples of Meredith’s work, please check out her website: