The Untitled Chair Project

Italy!!

Phone booth
Stresa, Italy
Lake Maggiore with Angera's Rocca in the background. 
Stresa, Italy 

Lake Maggiore, Lakeside.
Stresa, Italy 

Main entrance of Duomo Cathedral, Milan, Italy 
www.duomomilano.it/en/
Duomo Cathedral 
Milan, Italy
www.duomomilano.it/en/


Work In Progress
Milan, Italy 

We Are Headed To Italy!

We are headed to Italy November 18th - 24th. This will be the first time the chair has been to Europe.
Stay tuned!

Swatson!

I had a great time photographing Swatson, the super awesome mascot for the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball team. Swatson  was fun, funny and creative during the photo shoot at Constellation Field.

Constellation Field is located in Sugar Land, Texas and has a capacity of 7500 spectators. Opened April 26, 2012 and is home for the Sugar Land Skeeters  baseball team.

Thank you Swatson ! You have added volumes to the project!

"The World's Most Traveled Chair"

August 8, 2017
A recent article published in the Houston Press.
Please CLICK HERE to view the article and slideshow.
I am thankful!
The image above is Kevin Peterson, artist and friend. Please CLICK HERE to see his work.

Inspiration

Jan. 13, 2016

Inspiration 

Several months ago I had the honor of meeting Briana at Texas Children's Hospital. In this pic, I am teaching her how to load and use a DianaF+ instant film camera. Meeting Briana has inspired me to start volunteering at Texas Children's Hospital and teaching basic photography to young people in isolation on the bone marrow transfer unit. 
CLICK here to follow her inspiring journey.



This image was taken and provided by Yvonne Donis (Briana's mom) posted and shared with everyones permission and blessings. 

I LOVE her smile! I've got one too, ya just can't see it. :)

A Day With Briana Donis

October 14, 2015

I had an amazing day photographing Briana with the chair here in Houston, Texas. She is a survivor of a rare and deadly disease called Aplastic Anemia and she also a bone marrow recipient. Please click here to follow her amazing and inspiring story.
For a young person, Briana's perspective on life is brilliant and positive, she is an absolute joy to be around.  
Polaroids from our day. I love how she was creative and incorporated her yoga skills into her photo-shoot. 
  
I love how she signed the chair. Briana is truly a warrior princess! Her participation has added volumes to the project! I am thankful.
Briana & I with the chair, post photo-shoot.

Sugarland Skeeters

September 16, 2015

Ira Liebman, the sports announcer at Constellation Stadium invited baseball player Neil Medchill and myself to the broadcast booth. I was given an opportunity to share The Untitled Chair Project live on the air with ESPN.
If you're interested in watching the interview, it's the Camden River Sharks VS Sugarland Skeeters. Fast forward to 1:22 for the interview.
I am thankful.
http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index?rb=true&watchsrc=true&id=2637708
"The Entitled Chair Project"
LOVE IT!

Life

I'm back on U.S. soil, aggressively pursing The Untitled Chair Project! Currently scheduling participants, I will be posting some awesomeness very soon!
New York City at dusk.

Recently Seen On The Beaches Of Goa India

November 2, 2014

Walking along the beaches of Goa with the chair creates a curiosity. It's not normal to see an American carrying and photographing a red chair. Strangers walk up to me constantly and ask "Okay, what's with the chair? Why are you photographng it?" It opens a door for us to have a conversation, an opportunity to sit down and share the project and cause.
Please note the cows in the background.

First Portrait In India

October 10, 2014

One evening while walking in Panjim, my children and I stumbled upon this resturaunt called Mum's Kitchen. It was slightly hidden behind some foliage but once we walked through the gate it felt very welcoming. We were warmly greeted at the door and were able to be seated without a reservation.


We quickly befriended a local Goan by the name of Derrick Smith. He was kind enough to sit with us, explain some of the traditional Goan food and culture. During our conversation I discovered that he was an artist and a photographer as well. Having mutual interest (and his attention), I introduced him to The Untitled Chair Project, the simple process of registering and painless way of donating PBSC (Peripheral Blood Stem Cell). He was showing great enthusiasm so I invited him to participate in the project.
This is a digital image of Derrick with the chair. As always, I shot the portrait session with my trusty DianaF+ with an instant film back. I'm currently on the road, living out of a suitcase so I don't have a film scanner with me. As soon as I have a permanent residence I will scan and post a few polaroids from our photo shoot.

Break In The Weather

September 3, 2014

The monsoon season is full on right now in Goa (June-Sept). Some storms last several days, some just blow in and out through the day. It's these tiny breaks I crave so we can venture out and explore. Each and every time we get out we meet new people. Portraits with the chair soon.
The chair at Saint Alex Church in Calangute, Goa India. Built in 1741, the church had two towers, a magnificent dome and seven altars. Beautiful place.

Goa, India

August 10th, 2014

Last night my boys and i danced in the rain here in Goa. It's the first time we've seen rain in several years. Locals and tourist watched as if we had lost all of our common sense. From our perspective, we were celebrating life. 
We are becoming more acclimated to our new environment. I will be assembling the chair soon, pics to follow.
Life is beautiful.

India!

July 28th 2014

The chair and I are headed to India to continue to raise awareness. This is going to be an amazing experience!

An Interview With Danna

July 18, 2014

I recently did an interview with Danna at the Ritz Carlton in Dubai. Her interpretation of our meeting is beautiful and hilarious. I am thankful.
Click HERE to read the interview.

Del and His Custom-Built Triumph Bonneville Cafe Racer

May 2, 2014
Del and I started our day having breakfast at Biker's Cafe here in Dubai. I had the "English Breakfast", two eggs (mine was scrambled with a bit of cheese), beef bacon, Sausages, and hash brown with butter and jam. It was the BEST breakfast I've had since moving to the UAE three years ago. After washing it all down with a dose of caffeine... a vanilla cappuccino, we headed out into the streets of Dubai.
  Shortly after leaving Biker's Cafe, we stumbled upon some really great graffiti along Jumeirah road.
Del on his 2009 Triumph Bonneville Cafe Racer. In this image, he is looking at one of the Polaroids we had just taken. To learn more about the details of Del's custom built Triumph, please click HERE.
 About halfway through the photo-shoot, the heat was starting to take a toll on us. We unanimously decided to wrap it up and regroup next week at my new favorite breakfast spot.
Headed home.

Valentina In Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

April, 13th 2014
Valentina from Solbiate Arno, Italy

We started our adventurous day with a mega-dose of sugar and caffeine at Tucano Coffee in Ras Al Khaimah. We brainstormed and discussed potential locations while eating a slice of delicious Oreo cheesecake (highly recommended). Afterwards, we set out and started exploring Ras Al Khaimah. Here are a few images from our day.
Oreo Cheesecake at Tucano Coffee. OH! EM! GEE! It was good!
We found a retired airport with an old jet plane parked out front. It's been converted into a billboard for a local resort named Palma Beach Resort. 
This is one of several watch towers in Ras Al Khaimah.
I don't know what was on the other side of the wall. I didn't ask. Only Valentina knows.

For my friends in Italy that are interested in learning more about becoming a bone marrow donor.
Registro nazionale Italiano Donatori di Midollo Osseo.

The No White Walls Exhibition In The National Newspaper

September 26, 2013
It was an absolute honor sharing wall space at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr with these amazing artist. 
The exhibition was hosted by Royal Jet.
A BIG thank you to Anne Seaman for the write up. CLICK here to read her article in The National Newspaper.
I am truly thankful to all!
Look closely at my right hand in the above photo, I'm secretly signing (American Sign Language) "I Love You" to my daughter in Texas.

About last night...

September 8, 2013

The "Vantage Point Sharjah" exhibition at the Sharjah Art Foundation was A. MAZ. ING.
I had a wonderful time and met some great people.
I am thankful.

Vantage Point Sharjah Exhibition

August 30th, 2013

Several Polaroids from the project will be on display at the "Vantage Point Sharjah" exhibition, scheduled for September 7th 2013 at the Sharjah Art Foundation.
For more information, please CLICK here.