In an effort to help raise awareness about the dire need for bone marrow donors, I am proposing a portrait photography series about people within varying environments with the common element of an ordinary chair.
With a simple swab of the cheek, a bit of your DNA is collected. The collected DNA is utilized to figure out your HLA typing; your unique markers that can match you with patients in need of a life-saving marrow transplant.
Like your DNA, your HLA markers are inherited from your parents and from your ancestors. That is why donors are more likely to match patients with similar ethnicity.
Why include a chair in this photography series? A chair provides rest, support, relaxation, a place for contemplation, a gathering for individuals, permission to interact with others. To have individuals photographed with the chair and to have them sign the surface of the chair, is to encourage people to sign up with the donor registry and raise awareness about types of medical procedures that rely on the selfless act of giving on this type of truly humanitarian level.