In psychology, the empty chair technique is used in counseling sessions to help a patient open up and recreate emotions about circumstances in their current life. The patient sits across an empty chair and imagines the chair is used by a person in their life or a past version of themselves.

This allows them to reveal their emotions without actually hurting the feelings of the person they are talking to. After that, the patient sits in the empty chair and responds to himself as the other person.

A psychologist or therapist can use this technique to help release cropped up feelings in a patient.

This contest is all about that empty chair. Try to take a photo of a chair that goes beyond the actual chair. Take a photo of a chair that captures emotion and tells a story. If there is a backstory, please also include it in a reply to your photo.

An example can be found in the winner of this photo contest in 2018 on Pxleyes:

By kyricom
— By kyricom —

All the entries in this contest can be found here.

The rules are simple:

  • There can be only 1 chair in the photo
  • There can't be any animals or people in the photo
  • The chair must be at least 50% visible
  • Chair types can be any chair listed in this chart provided by 7esl.com:

Good luck!

Teecee avatarLevel 12
Rank: 1 out of 13 | 29 points

Entry without name created by Teecee


Hand carved for anyone who wants to sit there

T2i 50mm Canon Stock lens

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Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Rank: 2 out of 13 | 28 points

Entry without name created by Zizounai

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Teecee avatarLevel 12
Rank: 3 out of 13 | 26 points

Nameless picture created by Teecee


Bench, shadows, and Iris - T2i 18-250

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kyricom avatarLevel 13
Rank: 4 out of 13 | 22 points

Unspecified specimen created by kyricom

Left the Book - taken on a Pentax K-3

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kyricom avatarLevel 13
Rank: 5 out of 13 | 25 points

Entry without name created by kyricom

Handmade - taken on a Pentax K-3

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Madder avatarLevel 5
Rank: 6 out of 13 | 19 points

Nameless picture created by Madder


In the Cathedral - Canon Powershot G10

Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Rank: 7 out of 13 | 18 points

Nameless picture created by Zizounai

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kyricom avatarLevel 13
Rank: 8 out of 13 | 18 points

Entry without name created by kyricom

Old Chair - taken on a Pentax K-3

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Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Rank: 9 out of 13 | 14 points

Unspecified specimen created by Zizounai

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Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 12
Rank: 10 out of 13 | 14 points

Nameless picture created by Wayne-Cheah

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Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 12
Rank: 11 out of 13 | 13 points

Unspecified specimen created by Wayne-Cheah

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zerocool avatarLevel 17
Rank: 12 out of 13 | 11 points

Nameless picture created by zerocool



St. John's harbour, Newfoundland 🇨🇦

Taken with Google Pixel 4a

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Diamite avatarLevel 9
Rank: 13 out of 13 | 4 points

Nameless picture created by Diamite

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