This series documents a relationship from first date through, in this case, separation. The androgynous chairs used to tell the story are representative of Everyman and can represent any gender combination in a relationship.
Whether male/female, male/male or female/female, most relationships are similar in nature. One meets another, falls in love (or simply lust), has some sex, some tender moments, some hurt, eventually separation and, on occasion, reconciliation. It’s not genuinely formulaic, but films and television shows would have us believe that it is, consequently many embrace this model for their own lives. If there’s no drama in a relationship then it isn’t newsworthy or reality-television material. In the past this was seen as blissful; now it’s boring. Consequently, relationships these days seem to come and go more easily than in the past. Maybe that statement isn’t totally true, but if something seems awry in a relationship, one simply moves on rather than trying to fix it, like changing a pair of uncomfortable shoes. It’s far easier to move on rather than deal with the complexities and work of a deeper relationship. These images are from a larger series of the same name exploring relationships with the featureless chairs as the subjects. Devoid of any outward-appearing emotion, I follow these subjects through different stages of their relationship documenting the moments they share, the situations they encounter and the decisions they make concerning their involvement in this relationship. The androgynous chairs are symbolic of everyman and can be easily substituted out for the next one as they all look and behave the same.
I borrowed Mom’s twin lens reflex when I was 8 and my father taught me the essentials of composition. In college I was fortunate to become a student and friend of the gifted photographer Howard Stephens who expanded my technique into different processes, opening the box and inviting me to play outside of it. Panicked after graduation, I chose a path of office work with photography relegated to being a creative release. Within the past few years, it has taken its proper place as the center of my activity. As I continue to grow, I continue to experiment with the tools I have available as well as moving my art from individual images to series, telling stories along the way. www.dennishodges.com www.writing-with-light.com