I see the world as an image from which I choose parts to create my photographs. For me, a wall begins as a canvas, a two-dimensional surface, a foundation on which to build an image. Each wall is like a found object, filled with the information I incorporate into my photographs. The photographs I create are a result of how I think and how I react to what I see. They are about process and how I filter the visual information of the world around me. In essence each photograph becomes its own content.
John A. Chakeres received his Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Ohio University in 1977 in both photography and printmaking. During that period he also studied with Ansel Adams and later worked as an assistant to Adams in his workshops. He has published three books of his photographs, Traces: An Investigation in Reason, 1977, D’art Objects: A Collaboration. 1978, and Random New York: An Unscripted Walk, 2008. Chakeres’s current photographs explore the concepts of formalism and found objects in context of photography. One of the hallmarks of his images is the integration of the process and materials of photography as part of the content. His photographs have been included in numinous exhibitions and publications. They can also be found in a number of permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Monterey Museum of Art, and the Tweed Museum of Art. He has also been a contributing editor to Photomethods magazine and taught photography, printmaking, and digital imaging at Ohio University, Columbus College of Art and Design, and Columbus State Community College. Currently he resides in Columbus, Ohio.