Please be seated.
I volunteer one afternoon a week as a gallery attendant for the Atlanta Photography Group. On a busy day there might be more than a dozen people coming through. This was a slow day, with only one visitor in four hours, and she only crossed the threshold to ask directions to a nearby museum.
Here's a picture of the gallery from the APG website.
It's a modern, open layout with a granite counter/desk and a couple of chairs.
The gallery director had sent me an e-mail outlining a few tasks, but I finished those within an hour. I had brought a camera and I had time on my hands.
Seated behind the counter/desk, I was engaged by the chair in front of me. It has a high back and mesh on both sides that creates a sort of interference pattern when looking through it. My eye went to the viewfinder and I got down to business. Unhurried, I took my time playing with various compositions involving that chair's back.
The first few images included some of the environment behind my subject.
I then tightened up on the composition ...
closing in on detail and line ...
then backing off a bit to include the reflective polished granite.
Moving in a little closer, this final image resulted.
I must have spent at least an hour on this project. Hand-held photography can be as thoughtfully deliberate as shooting from a tripod. The point is to slow down, see, react, notice, reflect, refine, and respond. I was interested in texture, light, and shape. For me, that this is the back of a chair is almost irrelevant, and certainly less important than the separate elements that make it what it is.