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Don Chadwick: “The camera becomes an extension of your eyes”

August 24, 2019


I am Don Chadwick. I live in West Los Angeles. I work out of my studio which is just adjacent to my home. So you’ve got these old stuffed chairs, you got the laundry hanging, the most important thing is the contrast of daily life it’s survival. To me it’s just it says everything about life. When I was thirteen as a gift on that birthday I was given a polaroid camera, so that was my first involvement with a camera and it’s a bellows-type camera/ you would focus it with a scale here that gives you the number of feet and the camera to me was a perfect
metaphor for what went on in the future in terms of new materials, construction, a process that all had valuable very valuable information for me as a thirteen-year-old and thereafter. The camera has always been a guide, and it’s allowed me to see things and focus
on things that maybe a an average person
wouldn’t even notice. But it’s our function as designers
to see things that other people don’t see. And when you’re composing a photograph, for instance, you’re being
very selective What is really important? Do i really need this or can I do
without that? So this whole selectivity process is part of the design process itself. If you are a curious person like I am, you’re constantly chewing away on this visual language that surrounds you, and you extract out of that what you feel is necessary for your ideas that you’re trying to improve on. So the camera becomes an extension of your eyes.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Mediahound September 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Amazing insights.

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