This post is by Diana Kolesnikova, who recently moved to New York City from Russia to attend graduate school at Columbia University. Diana is also a street chair portrait artist, and learned about the CoLab Radio Street Chair series through one of our pop-up show posters, which was hung at a bus stop near her school. Diana tells us why she photographs street chairs and shares some of her images from Russia and New York City with us:
My interest in shooting chairs in strange places (not only in streets) started two or three years ago when I saw a chair in a tree from the 7th floor of a building during my undergraduate studies. My classmates and I joked about it, saying that one of our professors was so angry that he had thrown the chair out of a window. Then I started seeing a lot of chairs in places where nobody would expect them to be and never had my camera to document the absurdities. One day during the winter in 2011, I decided that the absence of my good camera was not a sufficient reason to not take pictures and started to capture the chairs with my phone. I intentionally began searching for chairs in inappropriate places. To me, a chair became a symbol of somebody’s presence, somebody waiting, somebody who was missing. I still continue to photograph interesting chairs.
Near Columbia University in New York City
Near Perevedenovskiy Pereulok, 18, Moscow, Russia
126th St & Malcolm X Blvd, New York City
Ryazan, Russia at the Central Bus Station
Photos and post by Diana Kolesnikova
This post is part of the International Street Chair Pop-Up Show.