The Untitled Chair Project

One Person Can Make A Difference

October 21, 2014

A beautiful message that was recently posted on Instagram. 

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.


Connecting With The Goans

August 30, 2014

We are celebrating a Hindu holiday today, Ganesh Chaturthi with our newfound friend Gauresh and his family. Traditionally on this day locals walk through the village, visit and eat with each other throughout the day. Gauresh gave my children and I a tour of his village and introduced us to his family and neighbors.
I am thankful for this great opportunity. 

Our walk through Gauresh's village in Candolim, India.
We stopped and visited with one of the local elders. She was warm and kind to us.
My boys at the local temple.
We spent some time at the local temple with Gauresh, his daughter and the temple priest's son. 
Gauresh's wife making bread for the celebration.
My son 'helping' the ladies make bread at Gauresh's house.
Eating with Gauresh and his family. We had a traditional Goan vegetarian meal, it consisted of rice and several sides of idontknowwhat, it was delicious. 

Where To Register In India

August 26, 2014


For my friends in India that are interested in joining the registry or may have questions, please click HERE to visit Datri at www.DatriWorld.org

The Chair Reassembled

August 14th, 2014


Reassembled. The chair has found a new place in Goa, warm and artsy, it feels like home. The objective remains the same, the chair carries a message of enlightenment and hope. We will venture out into the streets of Goa and continue to raise awareness for the need for registered bone marrow donors.

Goa

August 13th, 2014
Warm sun on my face.
Crashing waves.
Birds above.
Children laughing. 
Soft wind.
And the brief silence in between. 
I am finding myself again in Goa, India. 
The chair is reassembled, pics soon. 

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.


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

June 30th 2014

A BIG thank you to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for sharing the project on their blog.
Please CLICK here to visit the blog.

Autopoiesis - Cultural Institute at King's College London

June 25th, 2014

Autopoiesis, the act of self-creation and self-production, is a metaphor for what this experimental cultural project is all about. 

I recently submitted The Untitled Chair Project to an open call at the Cultural Institute at King's College London, it was accepted for an online exhibition.


Wanna See Some Polaroids From The Project?

June 19, 2014


Follow along on Instagram to see new and unseen Polaroids from the project. Click HERE for some insight.

A Story Worth Sharing...

June 9, 2014

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the Foreign Minister, visited children at the Oncology Centre at Tawam Hospital in Al Ain on Sunday.
During his visit, Sheikh Abdullah shaved his head in solidarity with the children undergoing treatment for cancer. He was also briefed on the services provided to the 13 children in the centre.






My Journey With The Chair...

May 13, 2014
My journey with the chair has brought me to unexpected places and introduced me to amazing people from all walks of life.  
I am thankful.

Love

May 8th, 2014
This is an actual Polaroid from the project. I forgot to remove the lens cap (kinda funny), so the film came out black and unexposed. Instead of throwing it away, I turned it into "Love".

If you look closely at the bottom right corner, you will see a small light leak on the film.

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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.

Motorcycles!

March 9th 2014

The Chair and I were invited to Duseja Motorcycles open house yesterday. Had a great time sharing the project and cause with motorcyclist from all over the world. Several people signed up to participate in the photography project.
A BIG thank you to Duseja Motorcycles!

Sharjah Art Foundation

January 9th, 2014
I picked up the chair and several polaroids today, they've been on display at the "Vantage Point Sharjah" exhibition at the Sharjah Art Foundation.
It was a HUGE joy being a part of the exhibition! 

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.
 

Pecha Kucha at The Maraya Art Centre

September 22nd 2013

What are your plans on the evening of 28th of September? I will be sharing The Untitled Chair Project at the Pecha Kucha event hosted by the Maraya Art Centre. Come hangout out, bring your BFF and enjoy the presentations.

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.



Exploring Sharjah, UAE

July 15, 2013
The chair and I spent the day exploring Sharjah. Here are a few Polaroids from our adventure.

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