Just sat there
A seat is a lovely thing to take, and they are often taken for granted by the seated. For the upstanding, a seat is greener grass. Walk long enough and even a log or shapely stone seems welcome.
All chairs are designed for rest, but only some for repose. The habits of an individual may be read in the leather plush of a study chair, while the simple wood frame in a public space is worn smooth from thousands of brief, anonymous respites.
Over time chairs come to match their settings, removed from which they achieve a kind of conspicuity. There is always something of the fashion of the times in them.
A chair is a natural starting point from which to breathe imaginary life into a once-bustling, now-abandoned place. It becomes hard not to imagine who might have taken it, and who may have stood coveting nearby.
Photos by Ben Beech
Text by Tyler Rothmar (http://www.canvas.co.com/creatives/tyler-r)
This is an ongoing project contemplating chairs that have been discarded in abandoned places. Why are those chairs there? Who used them? And how long have they been sat there?
I exhibited several of these images at the Canvas Meet Up in Tokyo in January 2016.
English photographer living/shooting/working in Tokyo. I enjoy using both analogue and digital methods to make photographs.