This whole photo project started in January 2015; it had gotten so cold in NY that some days I didn’t want to go outside to find pictures, or if I did, the streets were empty, or people didn’t want to stop to have a picture taken. So, one day I decided to bring New York inside my apartment instead.
I had bought this simple wood chair when I first moved here 6 years ago; it was cool-looking but uncomfortable to sit in; I never used it except to stack newspapers on–until now. I had the idea to put people in the chair for portraits–old-fashioned “sittings”–but it took me a couple weeks before I got the guts to invite someone in. (Nearly everyone has been a complete stranger.) The first guy I shot, I saw in a restaurant on a Sunday night. I approached his table. I gave him my pitch and my card, and to my surprise he agreed to do it and came over one day. We talked as I shot, and I got to hear his life story. The pictures of Brian in my chair by my window came out well. That gave me the nerve to do more. I started asking people I’d see, strangers, just like on the street–a FED-EX guy, a woman in a park, a kid walking his dog, men from my gym. I’ve done about 80 now–this is Chris, #33, a hockey coach. I want to do lots and lots. I picture a hundred of them taped up onto a wall, like they are in my apt.