The Stories That Chairs Tell: Saul Robbins's "Initial Intake"

The Stories That Chairs Tell: Saul Robbins's "Initial Intake"

Photographer Saul Robbins's latest series of photographs, "Initial Intake," consists of moody, haunting photos of chairs. The life that he brings to these images is impressive, and may have something to do with who these chairs belong to — New York City psychotherapists.

Explaining these photos, he writes,

For many, the role of the psychotherapist holds significant weight, and the importance given to him or her is one of great influence in many people's lives. By examining the empty therapist's chair, I encourage viewers to consider the place of power it holds, quite literally, in so many people's lives, as well as the person who sits in it, across from them, on a weekly basis.

It's hard not to form impressions of what each of these therapists may be like, given the photos of the chairs. I imagine the big, cozy red chair to hold a big, cozy, empathetic Santa Claus-ish balding therapist, the elegant, formal chair a Chanel-suited, silver-haired, stern-yet-sensitive therapist. Take a look at the gallery and then tell me: Based on the chairs, who would you want to be your therapist? And what kind of impression do you get of each therapist from simply looking at their chairs?

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