These photographs are part of a series called the Red Chair Project – something I’ve been working on for a while and been thinking about for even longer – how to create a deeper connection between a photograph and the viewer.
The most difficult things to convey in a photograph are almost always scale and intimacy.
Scale is difficult because a two-dimensional representation of a three-dimensional world can fall short in portraying the scale of the scene and more importantly, how big the scene is in relation to a human being.
Intimacy is especially difficult with landscapes because while the scene may be beautiful, there’s often nothing in the photograph that the viewer can connect with.
Using a simple object, a chair – something we all use – I’m attempting to create that depth of connection that may otherwise not be there.
That’s the concept behind the Red Chair Project. A childhood memory reintroduced to my life as an adult and now an integral part of my photography.
The backstory on the chair is a personal one. It’s a chair that was in my room as a young boy and only came back into my possession a few years ago. Instantly, the thought of incorporating it into my photography became something I began to think about. My hope is that something we all use – a simple chair – will give that extra layer of connection to this series of photographs.
As with all of my photography, my primary goal is to make something I love and it’s a bonus if others do as well. This is certainly no exception.
Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy the series.