Feminists may initially shake their heads wearily at the premise for Tony Davidson’s new book One-Track Mind, which bears the subtitle “a revealing insight into the obsessed minds of men”, but should read on as it’s actually surprisingly amusing. The book contains photographs, taken all over the world, of objects that are reminiscent of breasts.
Some of the pictures are obvious – two fried eggs make an appearance – but many are so subtle, to the untrained eye at least, that they require real scrutiny. It is this that stops the book falling into being yet another sexist cliche, and is likely to make you look at your surroundings in a new light.
The book developed out of Davidson’s tendency to constantly collect images as part of his job as creative director for Wieden + Kennedy ad agency in London. “I’ve always collected pictures of lots of things,” he says. “I suppose it is ideas. Part of a creative’s job is to collect stuff, and since digital photography’s come along it’s so easy.”
After deciding to make the book, Davidson began searching for breasts in earnest, and got many friends in on the act, whose photographs also appear in the book. He also decided to interview men about their opinions on this part of the female form and these quotes are used, with comedic effect, alongside the images.
“There are villages where I am from, where the women don’t cover them up. Therefore there is not the same obsession as you have in this part of the world. Covering things up can make you want them more.” Arinola
Davidson is keen that the book will appeal to everyone. “I hate all these lad’s magazines,” he says, “I really want it to be something that both men and women pick up.” He also wants us to join in on the project, and is working on a website where users can upload their own images. And if all this wasn’t enough to get involved, all proceeds from the book’s sales will go to charity, for breast cancer and prostate cancer research. To buy a copy of the book, click here.