The Untitled Chair Project

Katarina K., Rzeszow, Poland.

November 17, 2012
Each yellow dot represents a participants home town.

Yohance D., Kingston, Jamaica

November 17, 2012
Yohance from Jamaica, an artist and an educator. A truly cool dude. 

Back In Abu Dhabi

August 21, 2012

Safely back in Abu Dhabi. :) It was good seeing you Houston!

Gaby H. Houston, Texas. USA

August 15, 2012
This bridge has a special meaning to her.
I hoped our photo session at this location was therapeutic.
It was. 

Kevin Peterson USA

August 14, 2012
Kevin Peterson is an accomplished artist living and working in Houston, Texas. His paintings have an ultra-realistic look to them while incorporating interesting urban landscapes. Love his work.
See Kevin Peterson's art work here 
Behind the scenes shot with Kevin Peterson, Trigger and myself.

John Curry- Lafayette, Louisiana USA

August 10, 2012
John Curry. Father. Husband. Friend. Rock-Star.
We shot this portrait session at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas. They had beautiful graffiti on the exterior of the building. It was John's idea to incorporate the works with his photo session.
Watch and listen to John's band "Hounds Of Jezebel"  

Micah The Artist- Pensacola, Florida USA

August 9, 2012
Awesome artist. Amazing person. Loves to love and loves to be loved. He will single-handedly conquer this world one day very soon. If I could go back in time and bottle all of the laughs Micah and I have shared over the years and sell it as an alternative energy source, I would be the wealthiest man alive. He is my friend. Micah The Artist.
A behind the scene shot with Micah and I.

Gallery Exhibition Concept

Gallery exhibition concept for the chair & Polaroids.

Reassembled In Houston

July 26, 2012

The chair is reassembled in Houston, Texas and ready to get back to work!

The Project Is International Now

July 15, 2012

After a 16.5 hour flight from Dubai, the chair and I have landed safely in Houston, Texas. I will begin scheduling people very soon.

Disassembled In Abu Dhabi

July 12, 2012

More on this later...

Noura T., Gdansk, Poland

June 27, 2012
Photographing Noura was a great experience. She was a joy to work with, creative and energetic. At times  she was a bit challenging to keep up with. I think she had a gigantic bucket of cappuccinos before the photo session.  

Why Not Digital?

June 13, 2012
A common question I get is "Why not digital?".  I want to keep the project analog as much as possible. If the project goes digital then everyone will be able to see it in its entirety from their computer. Doing that would be an injustice, you as a viewer would miss out on seeing it in its final form and presentation. I'm not posting every portrait that I shoot, only a few, keeping the majority of the pictures concealed from the digital world. 
The purpose of not giving the project a real title and shooting with instant film is to create a curiosity, I want the project to be physically sought after.   

The Chef From Cologne Germany

May 6, 2012
Chef Kevin H., Cologne Germany
Chef Kevin from Cologne Germany, he is currently working as an Executive Chef at a five star hotel in the Maldives. We did this photo session about 10:30am on the beach near Abu Dhabi's Theater. The temperature was already climbing past 39℃/102℉ with the humidity level at 100%. Despite the heat he stayed focused and on task.  

Rami H., Syria

April 12, 2012
Rami. Very kind and full of personality. 
After our photo session we retreated to the indoors in search of a cooler environment. While chatting, Rami was kind enough to offer me a green ripe nut of some sort, something fresh right off the tree. I hesitated for a mili-second, my immediate friends and family know that I'm one of the world's pickiest eaters. BUT, in this region it's considered rude to not accept something that is offered, especially food. The last thing I want to do is insult someone participating in the project. So, I took a giant big boy bite out of this generous offer... it was sooo unexpectedly bitter, I instantly and involuntarily started to gag. The room erupted with retained giggles and laughter. Luckily a giant life saving 1.5 liter bottle of water was within arms reach. 
Tragedy averted.   

First Portrait Of The Series - Nadine Kanso, Lebanon. Artist & jewelry designer.

April, 12 2012
Photographing Nadine
The day before our scheduled photo session some friends invited me to go jet skiing for the day. The adventurous twenty something that permanently resides within me thought it was a GREAT idea! Lets fast forward through the fun filled day of sun, jet skis and yee haws... and discuss my poor physical condition the morning after. The morning of our first scheduled photo shoot, I awoke in good spirits and quickly realized I was unable to move my legs. The twenty-something that resided within me the day before has abandoned me, I. Am. In. Serious. Pain. My legs felt like I carried the jet ski all day instead of riding it. I have two options, reschedule or tough it out. 

I manned up, gathered my photo equipment and painfully loaded myself into the truck. The drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai wasn't that bad, thanks to cruise control. Upon arrival, I was able to ease my pain- riddled, non-responsive legs out. I was struggling to walk properly and too embarrassed to fess up to my juvenile delinquent actions the day before. At one point I was trembling and sweating so much (from the pain), Nadine asked in a concerned voice "Are you okay?" I responded with a manly head nod and a squeaky little girl whimper, "Mmm... yes." 
It was worth it. I would do it again 1000 times over. Nadine was a blessing to photograph with the chair. She has added volumes to the project.
I'm thankful.