Interior designer John Christensen wanted a portrait for his new website but he specifically didn’t want something that looked like a standard photograph and he didn’t want anything that featured him up front and center.
My idea was to focus mostly on the room, but to feature John in multiple places throughout it in hopes it would make the photo more surreal while at the same time take some of the focus off of John himself since there would now be multiple versions of him to draw your attention; one man suddenly becomes a crowd of 4, and in crowds the individual is less of a focus. It would also place John in the position of being reflective of his work by, in a way, watching himself and reviewing what he’s already done.
We shot this in the “green room” of the Sword Gate House on Legare Street, which was decorated by John himself. We were pleased with the results.