“It’s a pity people have nothing to show of all the beautiful homes they’ve lived in!” – evolved into a passion for curiosities, photography, and the preservation of precious memories. We speak to Tertius Xavier van Oosthuyzen, the Cape Town-raised and Amsterdam-based photographer behind My Home is My Castle, on taking photos of stunning homes and their beloved details and turning them into high-quality coffee table books.
“When you have a feeling that you can see somebody’s soul in their home’s interior, when you can feel kind of what they’re like, then you know there’s a history in each object. That’s what’s so intriguing about it.
It’s something that you have to have in you. You have to like interiors in order to take nice pictures of them. It’s not only the technique. I try to use as much natural light as possible in the pictures. It gives that homey feeling. “
“I start of by signing a privacy contract. No one but the owners will see the photos or the book. After that the owners show me around, so I know what’s special to them. I prefer to do it with the lady of the house – the princess of the castle. Sometimes you can walk right past an object, but once they tell you its history, you look at it in a different way. It takes one to three days of photography to cover everything I need for the perfect book.
Afterwards I’ll make a selection and create the lay-out and consult with the owner about the technical details. Depending on which materials they choose, production could take about 4-6 weeks, because I have the books made in Italy. If you want crocodile binding, for example, I have to find the right leather, get the approved certificates for it… it’s a longer process. I have a client who wants a book of a metre by a metre, and so now I’m looking for somebody to make a table for the book that goes with the house, and I haven’t even taken the photos yet. “
“No, not at all. You can say it is the Rolls Royce amongst the photo books.”
A true must have for those who share the sentiment ‘My Home is My Castle’: a custom-made coffee table book of your residence’s interiors. Tertius Xavier van Oosthuyzen specialises in capturing the atmosphere of the house through his signature attention for details. He creates marvellous reports of the most treasured spots of your home, its interior and surroundings.
Be it a wine farm in Cape Town, a country house in Friesland, a beach house on Ibiza, a loft in New York or your mansion on the Amsterdam canals – from now on you can always take the memories of the cherished pied à terre with you.
The book, which is produced in Italy, is highly customisable: from the type of leather used for the cover to engravings of your family crest – anything is possible. Such a book is a real treasure and a special memory, which you can show to your children when they grow up.