Mirrors and Windows

Girl’s Bedrooms:

Mirrors and Windows

Getting to see girls’ bedrooms must have been a teenage obsession for the members of the all-male photographic collective Riverboom. Now that they have more or less grown up, they have decided to transform that dream into a reality.

Riverboom’s Gabriele Galimberti and Edoardo Delille are traveling the five continents to see where girls, between the ages of 18 and 30, sleep.
They have discovered that girls’ bedrooms are much more then just places where they lay down their heads – they are the places where girls read, love, dream, work and play.

In a world that is increasingly shaped by global standardization and IKEA aesthetics, this work explores the rooms of the conventional and the eccentric, the rich and the poor, the mother and the single, the pious and the unbelieving, the sports-obsessed and the shopping-addicted, the tomboy and the girly-girl, the tidy and the shambolic.

 

From Argentina to Zimbabwe, from a veiled girl in Dubai to a naturist in Kiev, from a dominatrix in London to a transvestite in Beirut, from a house in Haiti with no running water or electricity to a nouveau-riche palace in China, we are led on a guided tour to places we normally would not be able to enter.

The selection of the subjects photographed is not based on their looks or on the decor of their rooms, but on a desire to show how diverse these can be, as well as on the strength of the story behind them. For instance, Riverboom met an American policewoman of Iraqi origin sharing her room with her two children, the leading dancer of the Istanbul Opera Ballet, the daughter of a 9/11 victim living in New York and an independent-minded Kenyan living on her own in a very conservative society.

These bedrooms are the mirrors of the history, personality, culture, obsessions and social status of the girls that occupy them, but are also unique windows into these young women’s worlds.


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  • Mickayla, 23 - London, U.K.

    Mickayla, 23 - London, U.K.

    Mickayla, 23 - London, U.K.

  • Bogol, 19 - Edea, Cameroon

    Bogol, 19 - Edea, Cameroon

    Bogol, 19 - Edea, Cameroon

  • Giselle, 20 - Rio De Janeiro, Brasil

    Giselle, 20 - Rio De Janeiro, Brasil

    Giselle, 20 - Rio De Janeiro, Brasil

  • Altidon, 19 -  Maniche, Haiti

    Altidon, 19 -  Maniche, Haiti

    Altidon, 19 - Maniche, Haiti

  • Danai, 20 - Suonio, Greece

    Danai, 20 - Suonio, Greece

    Danai, 20 – Suonio, Greece

    Danai, 20 - Suonio, Greece

  • Mayu, 22 - Tokyo, Japan

    Mayu, 22 - Tokyo, Japan

    Mayu, 22 - Tokyo, Japan

  • Anna, 28 - Berlin, Germany

    Anna, 28 - Berlin, Germany

    Anna, 28 - Berlin, Germany

  • Susanna, 27 - Paris, France

    Susanna, 27 - Paris, France

    Susanna, 27 - Paris, France

  • Virginia, 28  - Cayman Islands

    Virginia, 28  - Cayman Islands

    Virginia, 28 - Cayman Islands

  • Andrea, 21 - Cartagena, Colombia

    Andrea, 21 - Cartagena, Colombia

    Andrea, 21 - Cartagena, Colombia

  • Claire, 27 - London, U.K.

    Claire, 27 - London, U.K.

    Claire, 27 - London, U.K.

  • Katja, 27 - Cologne, Germany

    Katja, 27 - Cologne, Germany

    Katja, 27 - Cologne, Germany

  • Enas, 22 -  Cairo, Egypt

    Enas, 22 -  Cairo, Egypt

    Enas, 22 - Cairo, Egypt

  • Hannah, 24 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Hannah, 24 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Hannah, 24 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Gessiane and Jessica, 20 - Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

    Gessiane and Jessica, 20 - Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

    Gessiane and Jessica, 20 - Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

  • Miki, 25 - Tokyo, Japan

    Miki, 25 - Tokyo, Japan

    Miki, 25 - Tokyo, Japan

  • Ria, 29 -€“ Varese, Italy

    Ria, 29 -€“ Varese, Italy

    Ria, 29 -€“ Varese, Italy

  • Celine, 22 - Berlin, Germany

    Celine, 22 - Berlin, Germany

    Celine, 22 - Berlin, Germany

  • Cristina, 23 - Cartagena, Colombia

    Cristina, 23 - Cartagena, Colombia

    Cristina, 23 - Cartagena, Colombia

  • Holly, 30 -€“ Austin, Texas

    Holly, 30 -€“ Austin, Texas

    Holly, 30 -€“ Austin, Texas

  • Carla and Mariana, 26 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Carla and Mariana, 26 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Carla and Mariana, 26 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Tiffany, 30 - Toronto, Canada

    Tiffany, 30 - Toronto, Canada

    Tiffany, 30 - Toronto, Canada

  • Kandra, 25 - Cayman Islands

    Kandra, 25 - Cayman Islands

    Kandra, 25 - Cayman Islands

  • Elise, 26 - Colgne, Germany

    Elise, 26 - Colgne, Germany

    Elise, 26 - Colgne, Germany

  • Suzie, 30 - Las Vegas, USA

    Suzie, 30 - Las Vegas, USA

    Suzie, 30 - Las Vegas, USA

  • Daphne, 19 -  Port Au Prince, Haiti

    Daphne, 19 -  Port Au Prince, Haiti

    Daphne, 19 - Port Au Prince, Haiti

  • Lyndseyl, 18  - Los Angeles, USA“

    Lyndseyl, 18  - Los Angeles, USA“

    Lyndseyl, 18 - Los Angeles, USA“

  • Maaike, 29 - Haarlem, Netherlands

    Maaike, 29 - Haarlem, Netherlands

    Maaike, 29 - Haarlem, Netherlands

  • Erica, 25 - Hermosa Beach, USA

    Erica, 25 - Hermosa Beach, USA

    Erica, 25 - Hermosa Beach, USA

  • Delphine, 25 - London, UK

    Delphine, 25 - London, UK

    Delphine, 25 - London, UK

  • Berenice, 19 -€“ Las Vegas, USA

    Berenice, 19 -€“ Las Vegas, USA

    Berenice, 19 -€“ Las Vegas, USA

  • Lena, 24 - Odessa, Ukraine

    Lena, 24 - Odessa, Ukraine

    Lena, 24 - Odessa, Ukraine

  • Katelyn, 20  - New York, USA

    Katelyn, 20  - New York, USA

    Katelyn, 20 - New York, USA

  • Mariana, 22 -  Sao Paulo, Brasil

    Mariana, 22 -  Sao Paulo, Brasil

    Mariana, 22 - Sao Paulo, Brasil

  • Katerinai, 27 - Athens, Greece

    Katerinai, 27 - Athens, Greece

    Katerinai, 27 – Athens, Greece

    Katerinai, 27 - Athens, Greece

  • Vanessa, 19 -“ Santa Cruz, California

    Vanessa, 19 -“ Santa Cruz, California

    Vanessa, 19 -“ Santa Cruz, California

  • Nadia, 25 - Veracruz, Mexico

    Nadia, 25 - Veracruz, Mexico

    Nadia, 25 - Veracruz, Mexico

  • Rachel, 24 - €“ Palo Alto, USA

    Rachel, 24 - €“ Palo Alto, USA

    Rachel, 24 - €“ Palo Alto, USA

  • Suraya, 30 -“ Paris, France

    Suraya, 30 -“ Paris, France

    Suraya, 30 -“ Paris, France

  • Estefani, 23 - Las Vegas, USA

    Estefani, 23 - Las Vegas, USA

    Estefani, 23 - Las Vegas, USA

  • Eugenie, 25 - Athens, Greece

    Eugenie, 25 - Athens, Greece

    Eugenie, 25 – Athens, Greece

    Eugenie, 25 - Athens, Greece

  • Alysha , 29 - Mumbai, India

    Alysha , 29 - Mumbai, India

    Alysha , 29 - Mumbai, India

  • Julie, 19 -€“ Vevey, Switzerand

    Julie, 19 -€“ Vevey, Switzerand

    Julie, 19 -€“ Vevey, Switzerand