Don Chadwick: "The camera becomes an extension of your eyes"

Uploaded by hermanmiller on 16.09.2012

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
as a gift on that birthday I was given
a polaroid camera, so that was my first
with a camera
and it's a bellows-type camera/
you would focus it with a scale here that gives you the number of
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,
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
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
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.